The biggest and most important event in the field of genealogy, the Rootstech Congress, will be virtual next time. For the first time in its history. And this in full and for free. It starts on February 25, 2021. Registrations are already being collected: KLIK.
It is a four-day congress that brings together the largest companies and organizations involved in genealogy. Congress celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. At the end of February, just before the outbreak of the Crown epidemic, 25.000 genealogists from 50 countries arrived in Salt Lake City in the western United States. As every year, there were also a few Slovenes, as half a million people with roots in Slovenia live in the United States. Moving online is very good news for Slovenes, as visiting a congress costs more than a thousand for one, mainly due to the cost of a plane ticket and accommodation. The entrance fee, which is worth around € 150, is actually only a small part of the cost.
FamilySearch event director Jen Allen said as she moved the event to the World Wide Web: “I can’t believe what all has happened in the world since we were last together in early March. It seems like a long time ago, but at the same time weird, like yesterday. Since the conclusion of this year’s RootsTech, we’ve had to adapt a lot. For example, RootsTech London 2020, scheduled for November this year, has been postponed to autumn 2021 due to the pandemic. As always, the ultimate goal of every RootsTech event is to help people find, meet and connect with their families. ”
Who are FamilySearch
The congress is organized by the world's largest genealogy organization, FamilySearch International. It is non-profit and is run by volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We also know them as the LDS Church or Mormon Church, but that name is wrong and even offensive to their believers. It has offices all over the world. They also have a center for family history in Ljubljana. They consider themselves Christians, but Catholics do not consider them Christians because of too many differences.
The participants of the conference are of various ages, races and religious affiliations. Age is not an obstacle either, as there are many elderly people among the participants who can only move around the exhibition spaces with the help of electric scooters. There are about fifteen different lectures every hour, and companies that produce pedigrees and sell genealogy programs are also presented.
Visitors thus receive a wealth of practical guidance on how to tackle genealogy to make the search successful. Lecturers present concrete examples of how to use different techniques in genealogy.
The Genealogy Conference was first organized in London last year. The British Isles have a very developed genealogy, as the archives are the best preserved and keep registers older than the European ones. Last year, the London conference was attended by 10.000 people.