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RootsTech – Why Students Must Attend

There has been a lot of talk lately on the new genealogy conference RootsTech. February 10-12, 2011 FamilySearch is sponsoring a new conference specializing in technology available to help us trace our roots. Come learn how you can use some of the latest technology and apply it in your genealogical research. Technology developers and users alike will be attending, sharing insights with each other. If you are either a technology developer or a technology user, you will definitely want to come attend this conference.

I think one of the greatest things about this conference is the fact that they have a Student Discount. 
Student Attendee: $35.00 Regular Attendee: $99.00

Most genealogy conferences I have attended or wished I could attend do not offer a student rate. I am in a position where I am a student and I highly enjoy using the latest technology. If more genealogy conferences offered a student rate, I know there would be more young adults attending these conferences, both as attendees and presenters. I know this because I have talked with a number of different young adults my age and many of them say they can't attend because of the cost of the conference and expenses in travel. I know of a couple people who are here locally in Utah that have said they would have liked to attend some of the conferences held this last year here in Utah, but they were unable to because they couldn't afford it.

RootsTech gives the chance for some of these people I know to be able to do this. There are younger genealogists out there and many of them would be thrilled to be able to attend classes, talk with exhibitors and network with other genealogists. For those of you who have kids or grandkids, let them know about this great conference. After all, isn't it the younger generations who are highly involved in technology? How many of you got introduced to Facebook, Twitter, Blogging or even the internet itself because of the younger generations? This conference is meant for those who are both users and developers in technology. 

Take a look back even 10 years ago. You didn't have all the database websites like, or Genealogy Bank to access records from your home. Most of the research done was mainly in Family History Centers, Libraries and Archives. Take a look at all the documents and records available today because of technology. I believe RootsTech will be a great resource in the genealogical community to help further the development of the many genealogy businesses big and small. This will in turn help us in our genealogical research giving us new ways to find our ancestors.

I have the great opportunity to be part of this great conference. I will be there both learning of the new technology and also presenting on how you can do your genealogy research no matter where you are. For those of you who are coming to RootsTech, let me know. I would very much like to meet you!

For more information on RootsTech and to register for the conference, visit their website.