Monday, February 3, 2014

Warning About RootsTech

Rootstech has come and gone. It was awesome this year, especially with the larger venue. Even the 4,000 youth there didn't seem disruptive. It actually seemed like they were having a great event. Sign up now; plan for next year. If they just repeated this years curriculum it would be fine as every hour had multiple options for classes and of course we can only take one at a time.

PS Rootstech: will you please post the keynote by Elder Brimhall? Thanks in advance.

I was told by a fellow family history missionary that his Church Leaders are telling the youth to go to the youth activities even if they didn't get signed up. Bad Advice from a good leader. Only those youth that are registered and weary wristbands will be allowed to enter the auditorium. After all - full is full.

Here is the email I just received:
RootsTech 2014 January 2014
FDD Lockup wout Youth
Family Discovery Day is just a week away. It will be a great day with many opportunities for you to learn how to connect with your family-past, present and future!
Check-in Process
On Saturday morning, please arrive by 9:00 a.m. in order to check in and get your name badge before the morning devotional with Elder Bradley D. Foster of the Seventy, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Check-in is located at the RootsTech registration area in the South Foyer of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Enter your name into the computer kiosk, and show your picture ID to the volunteer. You'll receive your name badge, which will give you access to the Family Discovery Day events and the RootsTech Expo Hall. Family Discovery Day Schedule
Family Discovery Day includes free, fun, and informative classes to help you strengthen your family relationships. Use this schedule to plan your day. Your Family Discovery Day pass will get you into classes with an ID number that starts with LDS. RootsTech (RT) and Getting Started (GS) classes are part of the paid RootsTech pass and requires a separate registration. Access to youth (YOUTH) classes and activities are for those with Youth Event registrations and wristbands.
Interactive and Hands-on
Be sure to check out the new Family Discovery Exhibit, sponsored by FamilySearch, in the RootsTech Expo Hall.

Photo Scanning Area
Make digital copies of family photos that you can preserve, share, and even upload directly to your FamilySearch Family Tree. There are also plenty of high-capacity scanners that make great digital copies quickly. 

What to do: Bring the photos you want to scan and a flash drive. 

Recording Booth - Record Your Story
Video or audio record your favorite family story in one of our enclosed sound booths. Your private recording session includes ten minutes of recording time and you'll get a copy of it on a flash drive. Enjoy sharing the memory for many years to come. 

What to do: Think of a family story or memory that you want to capture and preserve. Story helps will be provided on-site.

Record a Call - With Someone Who Inspires You
Make a phone call that will last a lifetime. Simply call a parent, grandparent, or someone who inspires you and find out more about their life. Our app will record the conversation and you can take it and treasure the memory for years. 

What to do: Bring a phone number of a person you want to call and interview, as well as an email address you'd like to send the recorded file to.

See Yourself in History
How would you look as a cowboy or as one of the pretty maids all in a row? Have your face (and the faces of your friends) added to one of several fun antique photos and e-mail yourself a digital copy you can share. 

What to do: Have an email address to send your new photo to. 

FamilySearch Book Scanning Booth
Get your family book scanned for free. We'll make a digital copy, you keep the original and a searchable PDF copy for yourself. You can also donate personal works, books that are copyright protected, and books that are in the public domain. Questions?

Youth Activities

Family Discovery Day for Youth is a separate event from Family Discovery Day and is completely full. In order to accommodate this group successfully, only those registered for the youth event and who have wristbands will have access to youth classes and activities. Seating for the Studio C event and the devotional with Elder Neil L. Andersen will be made available to registered Family Discovery Day attendees on a first come, first seated basis in Hall D.  Parking
Parking at the Salt Palace is available, but it can be expensive. There are a number of less expensive parking lots in downtown Salt Lake City, around the Salt Palace. We recommend parking in the lot located on South Temple between 200 West and 300 West, which charges $3 per day per vehicle. Parking at the LDS Conference Center or Joseph Smith Memorial Building is $10. 

Public Transportation
For those taking Trax, the Green or Blue line will get you to the Salt Palace. The closest stop to the Salt Palace is Temple Square (132 W. South Temple Street). Learn more at

We're excited to see you at Family Discovery Day on Saturday, February 8! To contact us with questions, please email

No comments:

Post a Comment