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RootsTech 2021 - Totally Online and free

The biggest news in genealogy this week is the announcement that RootsTech 2021 will be held totally online and FREE.

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Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech is the world's biggest genealogy conference and is held every year in February in the mecca for family history, Salt Lake City. This initiative is great news, particularly for those who can't get there easily - or for whom travelling to Salt Lake City in February when the average daily temperature is only 7 degrees celcius, holds little attraction.

Why is RootsTech being so generous in 2021 do you ask? Well, it won't come as a surprise to learn that like so many recent firsts, it is due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The conference dates have been pushed back by a couple of weeks and are now scheduled for 25-27 February 2021. I had the opportunity to attend RootsTech London in October last year. It was the first time it had been held outside Salt Lake City and it was an amazing experience. I was in genealogy heaven being able to totally immerse myself in the topic for 3 days.

In 2021, some of the conference classes and speakers will be live-streamed, while others will be pre-recorded and available for viewing on demand. The latter is ideal for international participants given the difference in time zones.