Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SOL: Anticipating RootsTech Connect

 It's hard to believe that just one year ago I was preparing to attend my first RootsTech Connect conference. And today I'm gearing up to attend a virtual RootsTech conference. My interest in family history (and the fact that my son and his family had recently moved to Salt Lake City - so no hotel costs!) propelled me to attend last year's conference. Little did I know at the time, that this trip would be my last trip for more than a year.

One of the things I'll miss most about this year's conference will be the casual conversations that I engaged in with other attendees. I wrote about some of those encounters in this March Slice of Life, A Fortuitous Conversation. I won't miss the lines that snake down the hall for the restroom, the challenge of finding the right room in a huge convention center, or the long lines to purchase food. But the best part about a virtual conference is that I won't have to decide which session to attend when three sessions I want are offered at the same time! All sessions are available throughout the conference and will be rebroadcast and available on demand after the conference. 

Please consider this your personal invitation to participate in RootsTech 2021, February 25 - 27. For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Don’t think of this as a genealogy conference because it is so much more than that. Get ready to celebrate and connect with family at this worldwide gathering. Here's the link so you can sign up now!

So why do I love this conference so much? I'm not an avid genealogist (yet), but I am interested in journals and stories and photos. And this conference has many sessions (from the more than 600 offered) to feed this personal interest. Here are a few from my "want to attend" list:

How to Do a Digital Journal


Write Away: Why Journaling Matters

Your Family History Starts Today – Journaling in the Digital Age


Heidi Swapp : Photos Are Doorways

Managing Scanned and Digital Photos

Restoring Your Family Photos



Ali Edwards: Value Your Story

Bradley Pierson: Family Stories

Brian Corrales: Honoring Ancestors through Memories

Capture Family Stories with Oral History

Celebrating Milestone Moments

Creative Storytelling Techniques Borrowed from Photography

Family Memories

Memories Connect Us

Preserve, Contribute, and Share Your Story

Save Your Precious Family Story

Sensitive Subjects: Writing About the Hard Stuff

Sharing Family Stories: A Powerful Way to Build Connections

Strengthening Families Through Generational Stories

The Basics of Telling Your Family Stories

The Healing Power of Storytelling – Even Difficult Stories

Writing Your Ancestor's Story

Why Family Historians Need to Tell Family Stories


21st Century Tools for Connecting with Family

5 Reasons Mobile Apps are Essential to your Family History Research

Discovering Distant Cousins Finding Your Cousins on IG

Fix photos and documents w/1-click and easy controls – 9 min. class

How to digitize home archives?

Laughter & Love: Using Virtual Reunions to Reconnect Your Family

Power of the Post: Making Connections through Social Media

Stories and Photos: FamilySearch Memories App

Using Cloud Photo Apps to Easily Organize Your Best Family Memories


I'm hoping that some of you will join me for this celebration of family, RootsTech Connect 2021, February 25-27. Go ahead and register because even if you can't attend this week, sessions will be available on demand after the conference.


  1. What a fabulous list of sessions. No matter how many you will attend, you are in for a treat.

  2. Ramona, this conference sounds so amazing. I have to leave for Virginia this morning for three different appointments. Then, return to NY to get my home ready for the big move on March 9th. I wish I had more time to delve into the conference because of the plethora of workshops. It is amazing that it is free. Here is my bonus opportunity this week. I get to see Sierra and Aurora outside on my patio. There will be no furniture there yet but lots of Grandma love. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on different sessions.