RootsTech 2013 Registration Open

Contributed By By Monica Lunardelli, Church News and Events

  • March 21–23, 2013
March 21–23, 2013
Salt Lake City

RootsTech 2013, a family history and technology conference meant to help people with genealogical work, will be held in Salt Lake City March 21–23, 2013. Registration is available at

Article Highlights

  • The third annual RootsTech conference will be held March 21–23, 2013, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
  • The conference will focus on helping people to start their family history, with some advanced workshops for those who are already acquainted with family history programs.
  • There will be classes and workshops specifically for Church members, including youth.

“The conference will be focused on family history, with a new track of classes specifically to help those people who are getting started.” —Amy E. Smith, marketing communications manager

With the recent First Presidency letter giving an increased emphasis to family history and temple work, Church members are encouraged to take their own family names to the temple and perform saving ordinances on their behalf.

As a resource to help Church members get started, RootsTech, a family history and technology conference, will hold its third annual conference on March 21–13, 2013, in Salt Lake City, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The focus of the conference is to help attendees learn and use technology to get started on family history or advance their efforts to find, organize, preserve, and share their genealogy.

The conference, hosted by FamilySearch, will offer more than 250 classes and workshops and is expected to attract more than 4,000 enthusiasts from all around the world. The classes will cover the basics of family history, how to get started, and how to use technology to do genealogy.

Something for Everyone

Different from previous RootsTech conferences that focused mainly on genealogists and technology professionals, the upcoming 2013 conference will also focus on those who are just getting started.

Amy E. Smith, marketing communications manager for, said the starter classes are for those “who have never experienced family history before.”

“In addition to providing content for developers and genealogists, RootsTech will offer a special track of classes and workshops for those who want to learn how to start their family history,” she said.

The conference will also offer classes that cater to the needs of experienced genealogists, including advanced classes on new technology to accelerate the family history research and new ways to adapt to family history technology. For developers, a full track of technology related classes will be offered on Friday (March 22).

Youth are encouraged to attend RootsTech. There will be a Getting Started class available for youth, as well as merit badge activities for Scouts. 

For Church Members

While RootsTech is a national conference that attracts a general audience, there will be sessions offered specifically for Church members. Topics covered will include the blessings of the temple, the importance of redeeming the dead, and how to prepare names for the temple.

For Church members who have a family history-related calling, RootsTech will offer free training sessions for priesthood and auxiliary leaders, family history consultants, and youth leaders. Registration for the free training is required and will be available in January at


Registration is required to attend and is available at Passes range in price from $19 to $219, depending on the days and classes one wishes to attend. Discounted passes for early registration will be offered until January 31, 2013.

For more information about RootsTech, or to see session schedules, presentation topics, or housing options, visit the RootsTech website.