5 More Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019 !

5 More Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019

RootsTech 2019 is right around the corner, February 27 to March 2, 2019, and there are so many exciting reasons to attend! With more than 30,000 people expected to make the trek to Salt Lake City and the Salt Palace Convention Center, RootsTech has quickly become one of the largest and most recognizable genealogy conferences in the world.

“This is the best family history conference,” said Curt Witcher, senior manager at the Allen County Public Library. “And it’s not necessarily because it’s the biggest, even though it is the biggest—awesome number of vendors, awesome number of attendees that you can network with and interact with. But it’s a different model, to have a day start with keynoters that aren’t necessarily talking about research methodology but talking about life and the impact of story.”

In a recent blog post, we examined “9 Reasons to Attend RootsTech 2019,” but there are more! Here are five more reasons you won’t want to miss the upcoming conference:

Feel the Excitement of the Opening Event

We’re excited to announce that the world-famous a cappella group the Edge Effect will be performing at RootsTech 2019 during the opening event. The event will take place on the main stage on Wednesday, February 27, directly following a keynote address by Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The Edge Effect, which travels the world performing covers and original pieces, is sure to excite and entertain RootsTech attendees. The group’s music covers a wide variety of styles. They’ll also be sharing their family heritage stories during their performance.

You can hear some of their music on their website or on their YouTube channel.

Be Entertained by Jason Hewlett as Host and Emcee

We’re thrilled to announce that Jason Hewlett will be returning to the RootsTech stage as host and emcee for the third time. Hewlett, the multitalented speaker, entertainer, comedian, and impressionist, will bring his family-friendly antics to the stage to entertain RootsTech attendees during the daily general sessions.

Take Advantage of the Family History Library

Located a block north of the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Family History Library offers a host of records, genealogical publications, documents, and research guides from more than 100 countries. Bring your unsolvable genealogy dilemmas, and spend some time with experienced genealogists who are willing to help you find that missing ancestor.

Solve Tough Problems at the Coaches’ Corner

For the third year at RootsTech, we’ll have certified genealogists on hand to help you find answers to your toughest questions! Located in the RootsTech Expo Hall, the Coaches’ Corner will be a place where you can spend some time researching and collaborating with professionals trained to help you break through brick walls. This type of one-on-one expert help is something you won’t want to miss.

Enjoy Free Lunch on Wednesday

On Wednesday, free box lunches on large food carts throughout the main concourse will be offered during the lunch hour while the Expo Hall and food areas are under construction. Please feel free to help yourself to a lunch and enjoy some networking time with friends and colleagues. Seating will be available in the main stage area. If you choose not to take a boxed lunch, you can enjoy a number of restaurants within walking distance of the Salt Palace. For a complete list of restaurants available in downtown Salt Lake City, click here.

Whatever your reasons for attending, make sure to register for RootsTech 2019. It will be an experience you won’t want to miss!

Expanded immigrations records of Ellis Island available at FamilySearch !

Salt Lake City, Utah (14 August 2018), What do over a 100 million Americans have in common? Their ancestors immigrated through Ellis Island or one of the New York Harbor immigration stations that preceded it. FamilySearch and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. announced today the entire collection of Ellis Island New York Passenger Arrival Lists from 1820 to 1957 are now available online on both websites giving the opportunity to the descendants of over 100 million arrivals to discover their ancestors quicker and free of charge. (Find and share this announcement and more downloadable photos and infographics from the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Originally preserved on microfilm, 9.3 million images of historical New York passenger records spanning 130 years were digitized and indexed in a massive effort by 165,590 online FamilySearch volunteers. The result is a free searchable online database containing 63.7 million names, including immigrants, crew, and other passengers traveling to and from the United States through the nation’s largest port of entry.

“The Foundation is delighted to make these immigration records accessible to the public for free for the first time,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This completes the circle of our decades-long collaboration with the team from FamilySearch, which began with providing the public with unprecedented access to their genealogy and sparking a world-wide phenomenon linking past and present.”

The expanded collections can be searched at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s website or at FamilySearch in three collections, representing three distinct periods of migration history.

famous-immigrants-NY-Ellis-IslandThe ship manifests list passengers, their names, age, last place of residence, who is sponsoring them in America, the port of departure, and their date of arrival in New York Harbor and sometimes other interesting information, such as how much money they carried on them, number of bags, and where on the ship they resided during its sail from overseas.

For millions of Americans, the first chapter in the story of their lives in the New World was written on tiny Ellis Island located in upper New York Bay off the coast of Manhattan Island. An estimated 40 percent of Americans are descended from those who emigrated, primarily from European countries in the period from 1892 to 1954. Millions of them passed through Ellis Island’s immigration center in route to lives in “the land of the free”.

A lesser known fact is that what we know today as “Ellis Island” didn’t exist before 1892. Ellis Island’s predecessor—Castle Garden—was actually America’s first immigration center. Today it is known as Castle Clinton National Park, a 25-acre waterfront historical park located within The Battery, one of New York City’s oldest parks and the departure point for tourists visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.


See Ellis Island and Castle Garden Immigration Records for more fun, quick facts and helpful resources.

Create your free FamilySearch Family Tree, and preserve and share your immigrant ancestors’ photos and stories.


About the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created museums on both islands, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center®, and the Peopling of America Center® which transformed the museum into the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Its newest project will be the new Statue of Liberty Museum. The Foundation’s endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

FindMyPast and LivingDNA announce partnership!

for a surprising news…that’s a surprising news ! 🙂

FindMyPast and LivingDNA has announced that they join forces on the dna field! They communicated as such :

  The two leading British companies are creating a new DNA experience focused on uncovering British & Irish roots

  • New service will be launched in autumn 2018
  • Living DNA tests now available at Findmypast

Thursday July 19th 2018: Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has today announced a new partnership with the providers of the world’s most advanced DNA test,Living DNA.

Together, the two British companies are creating a new DNA experience that is designed to help customers explore their British and Irish roots. This new experience will combine cutting-edge science with traditional family history research methods, allowing families to discover more about their past and present.

Living DNA’s tests provide a unique breakdown of ethnic identities associated with 21 regions across Britain and Ireland by analysing unique combinations of linked DNA. This proprietary method delivers a level of detail that is currently unmatched by any other test available on the market.

By combining technology from the leading British DNA company with deep expertise and Findmypast’s vast collection of more 9 billion historical records and newspaper articles, family historian’s will be able to make new discoveries about their British & Irish genetic history.

Living DNA testing kits are now available to purchase at findmypast.co.uk/ancestry-dna-testing/ and co-branded kits will be launched when the new integrated Findmypast and Living DNA service is introduced later in the year.

“Our partnership with Findmypast continues Living DNA’s mission to make DNA testing simple. We are passionate at not only providing cutting edge ways of looking at your DNA but to do so with strict privacy measures by  never selling your data. This partnership allows the most precise DNA test on the market to work together with Findmypast’s family history records in a way not done before” says Living DNA Co-Founder, David Nicholson.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast, said: “As the world leader for British and Irish records, we work hard every day to help our customers feel the thrill of making discoveries about their families. I’m delighted that we are partnering with a British company, Living DNA, who are pioneers in DNA technology, and look forward to combining our expertise in DNA technology and historical records to help people around the world connect with their British and Irish roots.”

If you wish to find out more about Findmypast great collections, you can find them here !

If you wish to find out about Living DNA, here’s the way!

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Deux soeurs séparées se retrouvent !

Tonny en Australie et Janny aux Pays-Bas ne savaient pas qu’elles avaient un papa en commun. C’est un hasard extraordinaire et l’aide de la généalogique génétique (et de MyHeritageDNA ) qui a fait qu’elles se sont retrouvées et qu’elles ont fait de la place dans le coeur de chacune pour l’autre.

Une histoire extraordinaire que je vous propose de voir ici :

RootsTech : Jour 2!

Ce qui est génial à RootsTech, c’est qu’on pense que rien ne pourra jamais battre le jour précédent. Faux !

Tous les jours apportent leurs lots de découvertes, d’émotions, d’échanges et d’amitiés.

J’y ai beaucoup réflechi mais je ne sais pas s’il existe, au monde, un autre évenement qui procure autant d’émulation, de travail de recherche, d’empathie, de réflexion personnelle que celui-ci. Les JO peut-être. Pour les sportifs.

Mais en parlant de JO, il faut que je vous raconte l’émouvante keynote de Scott Hamilton : Racontant son parcours d’enfant adopté, ses liens trés forts avec sa famille, ses combats contre les maladies…et les échecs ( Lors d’une compétition,il a failli abandonner le sport pour être tombé 5 fois ! ) , son parcours se décrit avec humilité et tendresse. Je m’attendais à l’archétype du champion olympique, j’ai découvert une boule d’émotion.

Avant cela, il y eu un petit déjeuner fort plaisant, ouvrant de nouvelles connexions puis des rencontres avec

Howard Hochhauser (Ancestry), Tamsin Todd (Find My Past), Valerie Brown Elkins, ma traditionnelle interview des frenchies à RootsTech et plein de choses les plus extraordinaires les unes que les autres. J’en reparlerais très vite. La plus touchante fut peut-être la rencontre avec une dame originaire de Seraing, qui est fière utilisatrice de Geneanet et qui les aident sur leur stand. Elle a gardé son petit accent local : Un délice. Surtout si on aime dire « Oufti! » en Amérique !

La vie, c’est comme un escalator ( Attention, GRAAAAND moment Forrest Gump ! ) :

Soit elle vous améne vers le haut, vers de nouveaux challenges, rencontres et aventures, soit elle descend, vous rabaisse et vous pousse vers le bas.

A RootsTech, l’escalator monte….et il monte vite !

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Connect, Belong !

C’est le beau slogan de RootsTech pour son édition 2018 ! Et quel slogan prometteur !

Se connecter : en ligne, sur les réseaux sociaux, sur les sites fournissants des bases de données, des accés directs aux sources premières

Appartenir : A une famille, à une communauté d’ami(e)s réuni(es) autour d’une passion commune, en l’occurence ici : la généalogie, la recherche et la mise en valeur de l’histoire, des histoires, des personnes qui ont vécu avant nous. Quoi de plus beau ?

Pour faciliter les rencontres et donner une plus-value d’émotion au salon, RootsTech vous permet de télécharger un app et de vous connecter, en croisant vos données personnelles, avec vos éventuels cousins présents au salon !






Cela me rappelle un Who Do You Think You Are? Live Show où deux cousines étaient venues me voir à une heure d’intervalle sans se connaitre…pour faire des recherches sur leurs racines communes, des britanniques venus en Belgique pour travailler dans la céramique au 19e siècle !

A vos arbres !


Free Online Broadcast Schedule for RootsTech 2018!!

…so that you people at home can join the fun too! 🙂  

« Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Salt Lake City, Utah (12 February 2018), Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott HamiltonBrandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your RootsDr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,  Natalia Lafourcade, and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams.

« RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person, » said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. « However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference. » In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The free streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule

Watch at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

RootsTech Streaming Schedule

(Watch at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).


Time (MST)

Class Title

Class Description

Speaker or Speakers

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

9:30 a.m.

Family History in 5 Minutes a Day

Explore 20 ways to effectively do your family history in as little as 5 minutes a day.

Deborah Gamble

11:00 a.m.

DNA: One Family, One World

(Sponsored by Living DNA)

A new project by Living DNA is mapping the world’s DNA, building one world family tree through genetics. Gain insight into how this will impact your family history.

David Nicholson

1:30 p.m.

Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections

Step-by-step direction in organizing, preserving, and cataloging photo collections for future generations and identifying, digitizing, and sharing collections using family trees and social media.

Ari Wilkins

3:00 p.m.

Finding the Answers: The Basics of WWII Research

Fire destroyed many US military and civilian service records. Alternative record sources exist to reconstruct service history. Learn how to research World War I and II records.

Jennifer Holik

4:30 p.m.

WednesdayGeneral Session and Innovation Showcase

Steve Rockwood explores where industry giant, FamilySearch, has been and is going. Introduction of the all-new RootsTech Innovation Showcase.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International

Thursday, March 1, 2018

8:30 a.m.

ThursdayGeneral Session

Brandon Stanton started Humans of New York, a photography and storytelling blog. HONY has built a devoted following of over 20 million fans across several social media platforms.

Brandon Stanton, founder of Humans of New York

11:00 a.m.

MyHeritage DNA 101: From Test to Results

(Sponsored by MyHeritage)

Learn about the MyHeritage DNA service and how the process works, from taking the test to the lab analysis. Learn about MyHeritage DNA’s over 40 ethnicities and how to optimize your DNA matches.

Yaniv Erlich

1:30 p.m.

Google Photos: Collect, Organize, Preserve, and Share

Google Photos is a powerful, free app for storing, organizing, and sharing. Learn how to edit and create photo projects and automatically add your photos to the app from digital devices.

Michelle Goodrum

3:00 p.m.

Unlocking Roman Catholic Records

The Catholic Church is essential for uncovering the lives of millions of immigrants from many nationalities. See how findmypast and the Catholic Church are working to make these records easily accessible.

Brian Donovan

4:30 p.m.

A Gift of Life: Who’s Writing Your Story?

Only you can tell the real stories of love, loss, forgiveness, and change. Don’t leave the task of finding the answers of your life’s history to someone else. Take the time to write your life story.

Deborah Abbott

Friday, March 2, 2018

8:30 a.m.

Friday General Session

Scott Hamilton is the living example that good guys CAN finish first! He is an Olympic champion, cancer survivor, television broadcaster, speaker, author, husband/father, and eternal optimist!

Scott Hamilton, Olympic Skater

11:00 a.m.

findmypast’s British and Irish Hidden Gems

(Sponsored by findmypast)

Explore some of the wonderful findmypast.com collections that can help you break down your British ancestry brick walls, go back further in your family research, and add untold color and detail to your family story.

Myko Clelland

1:30 p.m.

Finding the Right DNA Test for You

DNA testing is becoming an integral tool, but what is it and what does it do? How can DNA actually help your genealogy? If you are brand new to genetic genealogy, this is the class for you.

Jim Brewster

3:00 p.m.

How Not to Leave Your Genealogy Behind

Nobody wants their genealogy research to end up in a landfill. Hear a few horror stories of genealogy materials destroyed and how you can avoid those mistakes.

Amy Johnson Crow and Curt Witcher

4:30 p.m.

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

Learn new skills and techniques used by the experts and lesser known record identification tools and features of the FamilySearch website.

Robert Kehrer

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:30 a.m.

SaturdayGeneral Session

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of popular PBS Finding Your Roots series, and Natalia Lafourcade, one of the most successful Latin American pop singers, will keynote this opening session.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Natalia Lafourcade

11:00 a.m.

Civil Registration Indexes of England and Wales

England and Wales national indexes and recent innovations at the General Register Office have opened up new possibilities and completely new indexes.

Audrey Collins

1:30 p.m.

Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA

(Sponsored by Ancestry)

Learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results.

Anna Swayne

3:00 p.m.

Pain in the Access: More Web for Your Genealogy

Library, archive, government, and specialized websites have much to offer. Discover these sites and strategies for getting more online data.

Curt Witcher

A deux, c’est mieux !

Et si on faisait de la généalogie génétique en amoureux ? 🙂

C’est un cadeau de Saint Valentin,un peu spécial….mais très original que vous propose MyHeritage DNA :  un don de salive à partager !

Blague à part, c’est une belle promo sur les test autosomaux (testant donc 22 des 23 paires de chromosomes) qui vous est offerte et une, particulièrement dédiée aux amoureu-x/ses car, au prix de 59 euros à l’achat de deux test minimum. 

Il est bien entendu toujours possible d’acheter un test à l’unité au prix de 69 euros mais avouez qu’il peut être plus fun de faire le test à deux et + !

Faites un cadeau à votre amoureu-x/se ici et découvrez si vos origines sont communes…ou radicalement différentes !

❤ Bonne Saint Valentin les amoureux ! ❤

Find My Past vous/nous fait un cadeau !

Pour célébrer l’anniversaire des 100 ans du droit de vote des femmes en Grande-Bretagne, Find My Past vous offre l’accès gratuit au recensement et aux archives naissance-mariage-décès, tandis que la collection « Suffragette » ( archives sur le sujet y compris listes nominatives et archives de presse) sera disponible jusqu’au 8 mars 2018, journée internationale des droits des femmes.

Pour y accéder, rien de plus simple, il suffit de s’enregistrer ici et de profiter de la recherche. Rien ne sera débité, rien ne sera payant ! Vous aurez juste un aperçu des différentes collections de Find My Past et la possibilité de fouiller les collections à la recherche de vos ancêtres femmes. Qui sait ? Peut-être trouverez vous des cousines suffragettes ?





L’enregistrement a cette période d’essai est gratuite 🙂

Promo d’hiver MyHeritage DNA !

Les kits ADN Autosomal de MyHeritage DNA sont en promotion au prix de 69 euros/pièces jusqu’au 26 janvier 2018 !

Si vous avez toujours rêvé d’en savoir plus sur vos origines et si vous avez déjà ,de préférence mais sans obligation aucune, un travail généalogique documenté (à travers les archives etc.) , ce test vous permettra d’avoir plus d’informations sur les parties du monde dont vous etes originaires grâce à une comparaison avec les marqueurs biologiques de ces régions.

N’hésitez plus, lancez vous dans la grande aventure ADN ! 🙂








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