Posted by Nick Cifuentes on December 15, 2011 in Events

If you are interested in new technologies to make family history easier, RootsTech is for you! Don’t miss this new conference February 2-4, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register now for their special rate of just $149 valid through January 13, 2012.

At RootsTech, family historians of all skill levels will learn technology-based solutions to accelerate their research. Take a look at what you’ll experience at this year’s conference:

  • Discover how new and emerging technologies can simplify your research
  • Learn from world leaders in genealogy and technology
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs
  • Get a sneak peek at new products and services
  • Participate in hands-on workshops
  • Contribute to interactive presentations and panels
  • Take part in impromptu discussions with many of our sponsors

RootsTech will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, just a short walk from the world-famous Family History Library. Take advantage of extended Library hours on Friday, just for our RootsTech attendees.

Whether you are new to genealogy or an experienced researcher, RootsTech is the ideal place to discover the latest tools for climbing your family tree. Please visit to see the full list of topics and sessions.

Register now at here:

  • $149 through January 13, 2012
  • $189 beginning January 14, 2012

RootsTech is sponsored by, Microsoft, Dell, FamilySearch, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, brightsolid,, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Association of Professional Genealogists and Brigham Young University.


  1. So great there are tools available to help people trace farther back in their family tree. We have found that many of our clients can’t trace farther back than their great grandparents. We shall share the information! Thanx, Jamie

  2. Im after on the hand on workshops that they are offering. This gives you some great fun and activity at the same time learning and interacting to others who will participate also.

  3. Nick,

    Will *all* the Ancestry presentations at RootsTech2012 be webcast live- and if not, then why not?

    From a member’s perspective, it seems like a no-brainer. We know Ancestry has the talent, expertise, and most importantly-money.

    They could also be recorded and placed on your You Tube channel for later viewing.

    To say nothing as to acting as a lead in to next season’s WDYTYA.

  4. Long time member

    One of the “tools” that should be addressed is the brain of the person doing the research. People need to learn how to think like their ancestors were likely to think, for their time and circumstances. That is one tool you can’t buy. I notice how some folks just don’t seem to use math and have people marrying after they die or being fathers at 11 years old, or women having babies after 60. And “same name, same place” does not always mean a match.

    For that folks need to learn more history, customs, traditions, and migration patterns, and much more. They also need to learn about the people who wrote down the information we now use as “records.” There are many errors in all records.

    New technology is great…the market is flooded with it, but if the brain using these new tools isn’t fine tuned, it’s a waste.

    And that type of skill comes only with experience and time. I recall before our wonderful computers, classes were aimed at how to search for records and how to interpret them as well as understanding how our ancestors lived. Folks just don’t seem to “walk in their ancestor’s shoes” as much as they did 25 years ago. Result: poorly documented junk genealogy. It saddens me a little.

  5. BEE

    Add to that copying all the names on a census year after year. While a family might have 5 children, by the time all these various names are recorded, the number might total 10 or more! A comparison of birth years would reveal that one name is used on one census, and another name is used on another.
    I know of a situation where 3 or 4 brothers used made-up names using their real initials, but those made-up names appear on “trees” of descendants and copied by many!
    As “long time member” wrote: “same name, same place” does not always mean a match” – especially when it’s a person of a different race!

  6. BEE

    I also should have mentioned using incorrect spelling of names from the census, including surnames! A little research and “common sense” makes a big difference!

  7. PHDinCT

    Since when has sold-out to a third party affiliate (profit center = member cost) in order for users to see Original Documents. I DO NOT want to pay an additional fee to “Fold3” in order to see an original record. This sucks!

  8. PHD Re:# 7

    Huh? Ancestry bought Fold3 (previously Footnote) and is running it as a separate entity. Just because you have access to one doesn’t mean you get free access to another. If Ancestry hadn’t bought them you’s still have to pay them to see their documents.

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