RootsTech 2012: Technology & genealogy
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What in a single year has become the largest family history conference in the United States drew more than 4,000 attendees from 46 states and 21 countries to Salt lake City Feb. 2-4.
The second annual RootsTech conference convened in the Salt Palace, presented by the Church-sponsored FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world.
A logo on the program guide gave an at-a-glance flavor of the gathering. In familiar pedigree chart form, it showed the phrase "technology & genealogy" branching off to the single word "innovation."
Dozens of classes and workshops at the conference furthered the understanding that the marriage between family history and technology is bringing about startling capabilities in researching one's family tree in research, digital preservation and indexing of records, on-line publishing, collaboration and other areas.
Dozens of vendors and service providers — including FamilySerach itself — displayed their products at a large exhibit hall. Some sessions were directed toward Church members, including a devotional featuring Elder Paul E. Koellicker of the Seventy. On these pages please see reports of some of the RootsTech sessions and interviews with selected FamilySearch officers.