I attended the RootsTech Conference February 5-8, 2014 in Salt Lake City and have brought back many resources from the various speakers and expo vendors. My early-bird registration was $139, and it was worth every penny!
Download the RootsTech syllabus (available only a limited time for free on the RootsTech website). Choose the “All Session Files” ZIP archive (93.4MB) to download handouts for 161 sessions. Once the download completes, click on the ZIP file and choose “extract all files” or similar command on your computer.
The syllabus materials are organized in folders by the session ID number (i.e DEV1090), so you will need a cross-reference to determine which session titles match each session ID. Use the Session Viewer to locate your sessions of interest, and make a note of the session ID for each session. Search the unzipped archive for the folder named with the session ID and open it to find the handout materials. Print or read to your heart’s desire!
RootsTech recorded in full the 4 keynote addresses as well as 15 selected sessions throughout the conference. Refer to the list of recorded 2014 videos for sessions of interest.
FamilySearch has also posted short video highlights on its YouTube channel that can also be viewed for bite-sized information.
I had a guest blog post about Judy Russell’s keynote on the Saving Memories Forever blog.
Presentation on RootsTech Resources
I conducted a local presentation on February 26 to recap the “Best of RootsTech 2014” resources, along with conference attendee Skipper Bennett.
The expo hall contained over 130 vendor exhibitor booths. See the RootsTech Exhibitor Hall Map & List for the full list of vendors.
I was able to collect information from over 70 booths of interest to genealogists. To view the exhibitor materials, refer to the list of general categories below for alphabetical links of vendors in each category.
- BYU Conference on Family History & Genealogy
- FGS Conference – San Antonio
- Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
- Timpanogos Storytelling Conference
- Who Do You Think You Are Live
- Family Chartmasters
- Family Trees and Timelines
- Genealogy Wall Charts
- Ron Arons – Black Sheep Products
- Treasured Souls to Keep
Equipment & Media
Publishing & Books
- BYU Print & Mail
- F+W Media
- Genealogical Publishing
- GenSearch and More
- iMaker Academy
- Legacy Books
- Pictures and Stories
- Watkins Publishing
- American Ancestors
- BYU Family History Library
- Digital Arkivet of Norway
- FamilySearch Obituaries
- LDS Church History Library & Museum
Social Sharing & Stories
- Family Me
- Historic Journals
- Legacy Memorial
- QR Not Forgotten
- Saving Memories Forever
- Stories to Tell
- ZAP the Grandma Gap
- Federation of Family History Societies
- Federation of Genealogical Societies
- National Genealogical Society
- Southern California Genealogical Society
- Utah Genealogical Association Virtual Chapter
Software & Services
- Family Atlas
- File Grove
- Legacy Family Tree
- MagiCensus Deluxe
- Personal Historian
- Research Ties
- TNG – The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding