Heading to RootsTech: Classes you won’t want to miss

Heading to RootsTech: Classes you won’t want to miss

The countdown to RootsTech is on! RootsTech, the largest worldwide family history event of the year, is holding its 20th annual conference from February 26–29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This year, we are aiming to give attendees the best on-the-ground experience yet and to offer a booth lecture schedule so rich and plentiful it could be a conference of its own.

Starting from the moment the Expo Hall opens, we’ve got a jam-packed schedule of lectures. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from some of the most talented and knowledgeable genealogists and DNA experts in the field, get to know some of the new and exciting features MyHeritage has introduced this year, and meet some of the people behind the innovative technology of MyHeritage. Even if you aren’t at RootsTech this year, stay tuned to our social channels as we will be bringing you live lectures and interviews throughout the conference!

You’ll have endless options as to how to fill your schedule at RootsTech, so be sure to take a look at both our session schedule and booth lecture schedule to block off the time for your favorite lectures and activities.

Here is a preview of the scheduled MyHeritage lectures from each of the days:

Wednesday, February 26

Kick off the conference with Master Your Family Tree on MyHeritage with Daniel Horowitz, our Genealogy Expert, at 11 A.M. in Room 258-LAB.

Then, from 6–7:30 P.M., head over to the MyHeritage booth to hear presentations from several MyHeritage team members on the latest and greatest features and collections on MyHeritage.

Stay tuned for a special live session from our booth on our Facebook page!

Thursday, February 27

Our Thursday lecture offerings include Planting a Family Tree Online at MyHeritage.com with Daniel Horowitz at 3 P.M. in Room 150, and Sephardic Jewish Research and Resources with Schelly Talalay Dardashti, our U.S. Genealogy Advisor, at 4:30 P.M. in Room 251.

At our booth, world-renowned genealogists and experts will be speaking throughout the day on topics ranging from MyHeritage features to historical research to genetic genealogy to genetics and health.

Wrap up the day with a screening of our deeply moving documentary The Missing Piece, produced by Roi Mandel, Head of Research at MyHeritage, at 6 P.M. in Room 255.

Friday, February 28th

Friday is our sponsored day, with fantastic, not-to-be-missed events in store! We’ll start off the morning with MyHeritage: New Collections, Finding Relatives & DNA Discoveries with Daniel Horowitz, Mike Mansfield (our Director of Content) and Ran Snir (our DNA Senior Product Manager) at 8 A.M. in Ballroom A.

Then, at 11 A.M., Aaron Godfrey, our VP of Marketing, will introduce the featured Keynote speaker in the Main Hall.

Next comes our highly anticipated MyHeritage Sponsored Lunch with Gilad Japhet, CEO of MyHeritage at 12:15 P.M. in Room 251.

After lunch, head over to the Onyx Room for City Directories and Other New Collections at MyHeritage with Mike Mansfield — or to Ballroom A for Your MyHeritage DNA Results Are Ready. Now What? with Ran Snir, both at 1:30 P.M.

Lectures from the MyHeritage team and guest experts at the MyHeritage booth will include topics ranging from using SuperSearch™ for historical research to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base to new record collections and getting the most out of MyHeritage matches and the Geni World Family Tree.

Saturday, February 29

On Saturday, we’ll conclude the conference with sessions on using photos on MyHeritage, solving DNA Match mysteries, using the Consistency Checker, and a special lunch & learn about Tribal Quest with Maya Lerner, our VP of Product, at 12:15 P.M. in the Expo Room, a pro bono initiative with the mission to record and preserve the family histories of tribal people.

Here’s the full demo booth lecture schedule:

Full demo booth lecture schedule (click to zoom)

Demo booth lecture schedule (click to zoom)

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our highly experienced team of senior support representatives who will be on hand to assist you with any questions about MyHeritage throughout the conference. DNA kits and subscriptions will be on sale at special conference prices.

MyHeritage staff and guest speakers

We’ve brought together an incredible cadre of genealogists, DNA experts, and MyHeritage speakers to present at the MyHeritage booth. Here are the bios of some of our booth speakers:

Featured MyHeritage and guest speakers (click to zoom)

Featured speakers (click to zoom)

Stay updated

Beyond the lectures, many booth surprises await. Go back in time and experience the Mayflower in a way that will forever change the way you view this historical event. Colorize your black and white photos with our new In Color™ feature. Participate in lots of fun games and activities that will help you enjoy family history in a whole new (and highly entertaining) way.

Did we mention that we’ve got some fabulous giveaways and a daily raffle? You could win a DNA kit or gift basket.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to be the first to learn about all of the exciting activities and announcements happening at Rootstech 2020. Even if you are #Notatrootstech this year, our social channels will offer insider access to all our activities. Stay tuned so you don’t miss a thing!

What are you most excited to see at RootsTech this year? Let us know in the comments!


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  • ureco bunting

    February 21, 2020

    I have enjoyed my experience with myheritage.com greatly lot of new items and freebies! lol really
    i hope to find my great great great grandparents and so on in the many sources they help with,any relatives are welcome.