Since its first conference in 2011, one of RootsTech’s highest priorities has been learning. The 2023 event will be no different.
“There will be something for everyone, regardless of what your skill level is,” said Rhett Dabling, RootsTech learning manager, during a RootsTech Live on FamilySearch’s Facebook page on Friday, Nov. 18.
After two consecutive years of being held completely online, RootsTech 2023 will be a virtual and in-person event. The three-day global family history gathering will be March 2-4, 2023, with the in-person experience taking place in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. Registration is now open at RootsTech.org.
Dabling was joined by three RootsTech speakers — Jenny Joyce, a professional genealogist from Australia and creator of Cite-Builder.com; Lisa Louise Cooke, who lives in the United States and hosts the Genealogy Gems podcast; and Myko Clelland, director of content in Europe for MyHeritage, who lives in Scotland.
Joyce, Cooke and Clelland have participated in RootsTech for several years and will be teaching classes during RootsTech 2023. During the 25-minute RootsTech Live, they shared personal highlights of RootsTech and what they have learned at the conference. They also answered questions submitted by viewers.
Joyce talked about how much she enjoys the Expo Hall, what many refer to as the “heartbeat” of RootsTech where exhibitors showcase the latest technology and products.
For Cooke, “I keep coming back because I keep learning something every time,” she said.
Clelland shared an experience he had at RootsTech regarding one of his relatives who survived a mining disaster in Illinois in 1909. He met a man whose grandmother remembered men coming out of the mine and a song they sang about their experience — a song he grew up hearing her sing, a song Clelland had been unable to find the words to. The man wrote down the words for Clelland.
“That incredible local knowledge came from this happenstance meeting,” Clelland said. “And I think that happens more often than not, when you just get so many people who are into family history ... . The coincidences don’t really feel like coincidences anymore. ... I think if anything like that’s going to happen, it’s going to happen at RootsTech.”
Dabling said the schedule of classes for RootsTech 2023 is expected to be released in mid-December. Classes from RootsTech 2021 and RootsTech 2022 are still available on RootsTech.org.