The “world’s largest family history gathering without question,” according to organizers, got underway February 8, flooding the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City with an estimated 12,000 attendees from 43 countries and nearly every state in the United States. Walking from my hotel around the corner, the streets — and the Family History Library! — were filled with participants sporting name badges and carrying conference portfolios.
Now in its 7th year, RootsTech 2017 is the largest annual family history conference sponsored by FamilySearch International, the genealogy service operated by the Latter Day Saints’ Family History Department.
General sessions of the 3 day event, which commenced Thursday with the opening keynote session, along with select workshops were being streamed live over the Internet to more than 100,000 viewers. Select events can still be viewed on www.rootstech.org the conference website.
Though the event is past, you can still download the RootsTech 2017 app.
Because you can scroll through the workshops and discover than most have handouts that are helpful and valuable, even if you can’t watch a video of the workshop and didn’t attend!
Exhibition Hall, Salt Palace Convention Centre, Salt Lake City
My photos, some stats from the Deseret News