We’re back home and recuperating from an exciting RootsTech Conference. I spent the entire conference in the exhibit hall, of course. The Family Roots Publishing booth was often packed and overflowing. Considering that books have been rumored to be an extinct species, we certainly helped out a lot of folks in search of them! RootsTech had 6700 registered on Thursday morning, and the numbers continued to climb from there.
I found the exhibit hall to be the best I’ve ever participated in. All kinds of booths, and products were represented – many of which were new to the conference scene.
Make plan to join us on February 6 to 8, 2014 for RootsTech 2014!
SALT LAKE CITY — More than 6,700 people from 49 U.S. states filed into the Salt Palace Convention Center for the opening day of the RootsTech Conference on March 21. Another 10,000 viewed classes and events via live streaming online, and another 4,000 participated by remote satellite broadcast at Family History centers in 17 locations in seven countries, including the United States, according to FamilySearch.
Considering RootsTech was competing with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, that’s not a bad turnout, said Paul Nauta, public affairs director at familysearch.org and a spokesman for the event.
“We are impressed with the turnout. Last year we were at just over 4,000, so that 6,700 is pretty incredible response for a family history conference,” Nauta said.
Dennis C. Brimhall, president and CEO of FamilySearch International, was one of three men to speak in the opening conference keynote address. After acknowledging the numbers for this year, Brimhall projected that 120,000 would participate in 2014 as 600 family history centers and LDS meetinghouses would offer remote satellite access to the conference.