Tuesday, August 28, 2018

RootsTech Announces 2019 Plans for International Event in London

I received this information from FamilySearch this morning:


RootsTech Announces 2019 Plans for International Event in London

RootsTech is thrilled to announce the conference is expanding to international borders, beginning with the United Kingdom in 2019. RootsTech will host an event in London from 24–26 October 2019 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre. Find out more about RootsTech London 2019 at RootsTech.org/London.

“We are incredibly excited to take the learnings and excitement of RootsTech to London and to our friends in the United Kingdom and beyond,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “Interest in one’s family discovery is growing throughout the world, particularly throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, and this event will provide many people who are unable to attend the conference in Salt Lake City with the same excitement, resources, learnings, and motivation to discover more about their families and themselves.”

The RootsTech London 2019 convention will follow a similar model that has proved successful over the past 9 years the event has existed in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech London 2019 will offer more than 150 informative lectures taught by industry experts, an exciting exhibit hall where vendors from around the world will display family history technology and services, entertainment, and inspirational keynote sessions.

“This event model has proven to be a great way for people to engage in family history, regardless of age or genealogical skill level. Everyone is welcome at RootsTech,” said Jen Allen, event director. “We are excited to further position RootsTech as a global community for anyone to discover their family and deepen their sense of belonging that we all yearn for.”

The RootsTech London 2019 convention will not replace the annual conference in Salt Lake City but will serve as an additional RootsTech event. All sessions of the RootsTech London conference will be conducted in English. Registration for RootsTech London 2019 will open in February 2019. To learn more, and to watch for continued updates, visit RootsTech.org/London.


My take:  This is exciting news for genealogists and family historians in the British Isles and Europe.  This will be the 4th (?) significant genealogy conference event in 2019 in the British Isles, when there was only one (?) in 2018.  I have no chance of attending this conference, but my hope is that they will livestream the keynotes and some classes to the rest of the world.

Will this be a yearly event in London?  Perhaps, if the response is high.  Will there be more RootsTech events in Europe?  Perhaps there will be a yearly RootsTech Europe conference in selected venues.

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