Following the hugely succesful, first-ever, virtual RootsTech Connect conference held earlier this year, FamilySearch has announced that RootsTech Connect 2022 will take place 3-5 March 2022. And once again, it will be a fully virtual family history event.
No one could have forseen the massive success that this year’s event ocassioned. With an attendance of over one million visitors from over 240 countries, RootsTech Connect 2021 was the largest in the history of RootsTech, and spectacular proof of humanity’s interest globally in discovering our roots and connecting to each other. Registration will open in September 2021.
In February 2021, I will once again be attending the annual RootsTech genealogical conference held in Salt Lake City. However, unlike past years, I will not be booking international flights or accommodation. Instead, from February 25 to 27, I’ll simply be walking from my bedroom to my study and attending RootsTech Connect 2021 virtually!
The advent of COVID-19 this year and resultant travel restrictions in place, has completely changed the way we currently go about our lives and our family history research. And while we might not be able to physically meet up with our research buddies in Salt Lake City, we are able to catch up with them online thanks to modern technology.
RootsTech Connect 2021 will be a massive event allowing attendees to participate from anywhere in the world. And the best news – it’s free!
The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has put paid to any plans I may have entertained of overseas travel within the next 12 months. Instead, I am looking forward to staying in Australia and participating in local conferences.
And thanks to Unlock the Past, a highlight will be the Family History Down Under conference taking place 22-26 March 2021 at the fabulous Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotal Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel, Twin Waters, Queensland.
The initial line up of international speakers is amazing:
Between them they share a rich and rewarding genealogical expertise covering Irish, Scottish, English, DNA, General and Methodology research and the problem for me is going to be how I can be in several places at the same time to attend every presentation without missing anything.
Unlock the Past have a terrific worth ethic and their experience in putting together great genealogy conferencing is second to none. With hundreds of talks, optional workshops, an exhibition hall, pre-conference tours and more, Family History Down Under 2021 will also see the introduction of casual breakfast and dinner talks.
Fun, food and friends all wrapped up with genealogy – you can’t wish for anything better.
When I had to pull out of the Unlock The Past Alaskan Inside Passage genealogy cruise last year,
my biggest disappointment was missing out on Maurice Gleeson and Michelle
Patient’s DNA presentations as well as the “The Genetic Genealogist” Blaine
Bettinger’s preconference day in Seattle.
So, immediately I found out that UTP was doing a DNA Down Under roadshow it didn’t take long to book myself in.
And the best part – the Sydney
conference will be held over 3 days!
Supporting international speaker Blaine Bettinger, is a lineup of Australian DNA “Royalty” – Louise Coakley, Helen Smith, Michelle
Patient, Kerry Farmer and Fiona Brooker.
The Sydney conference
is being held Thursday-Saturday, 29 to 31
August at the Castle Hill RSL Club
and I was able to take advantage of the Early
Bird pricing of $275 (ends 30 April after which the fee will increase to
$335) and includes a light lunch and morning and afternoon tea for each day.
A preliminary programme is now available and, with three streams running concurrently, it is going to be very hard deciding which presentations to attend.
This event is for
everyone including those who:
have not done a test yet and want to know how
DNA can help
have tested but are not sure what to do next
have gone further, but know there is more to
consider themselves expert, or on the way there,
but who want to learn more from the very best
Prior to Sydney, the Roadshow will also be visiting Brisbane (14 August), Perth (17 August), Adelaide (20 August), Melbourne
(23 August) and Canberra (26 August)
with an Early Bird price of $125.
If you have any interest in DNA then this is an absolute must attend