February 7, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
FamilySearch is kicking off their 7th annual RootsTech genealogy convention Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, RootsTech PR manager Paul Nauta said RootsTech is the largest family history conference in the world.
"Anyone that is involved with social media - if you share photos on your phone, post photos on a social site somewhere, share your thoughts - tomorrow, that's your family history," Nauta said. "So, RootsTech is out on the forefront helping engage multiple generations of family in their family history - looking at technology, looking ahead, and how to do it better and how to do it more meaningful, to help educate, create awareness, across generations."
Nauta said the conference continues to grow each year, and from this point on, their looking to expand their online presence.
"We're not looking at growing it any larger here in Salt Lake," he said. "We're already maxing out the Salt Palace Convention Center."
Nauta said that for individuals who aren't able to go to Salt Lake City for the convention can access a sampling of the live conferences online at rootstech.org, or at lds.org.
He said 200,000 viewers are expected online, while roughly 300,000 people will be able to view the content worldwide.
Speakers at the conference include Buddy Valastro from "Cake Boss," Jonathan and Drew Scott from "The Property Brothers," and many more.
For more information on the conference, visit the RootsTech website.
Click below to listen to the full interview with Paul Nauta.