The 10th anniversary of the world’s largest family history event, RootsTech, held February 26–29, 2020, attracted nearly 30,000 people from all over the world to Salt Lake City.

The four-day conference hosted more than 300 sessions and 200 booths, where family history enthusiasts could explore their own histories with the help of virtual reality, research specialists and other hands-on resources.

This year’s theme was “The Story of You.”

Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Lesa, were the featured keynote speakers at Saturday’s Family Discovery Day. Family Discovery Day, a free one-day event, helped families and individuals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the general public to discover their family heritage…

Keynote Speakers

“We create inspired experiences that prompt inspired questions that lead to inspiring answers, as we seek to discover, gather and connect our families — past, present and future — as those inspiring experiences occur within families,” said Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, as he opened the annual family history conference on Wednesday.

Emmitt Smith, the National Football League all-time leading rusher and a keynote speaker at the conference on Saturday, shared his journey of finding the story of his enslaved ancestors from West Africa and how they have influenced his life. Smith said that his own story already started generations before he was born…

Latter-day Saint stand-up comedian Ryan Hamilton and Leigh Anne Tuohy were also among the keynote speakers.

On Thursday night, the Young Women and Young Men general presidencies surprised more than 20,000 youths who attended the RootsTech youth party with escape rooms. The youths could explore different cultures from around the world and solve family history mysteries in the escape rooms.

(Read the full article in the Church Newsroom)

RootsTech 2020 SLC Day 1 in Review: Celebrating 10 Years

Day one of RootsTech 2020 hit the ground running! Highlighted by an inspiring keynote from FamilySearch CEO, Steve Rockwood, the theme of the day was a celebration! Together we celebrated The Story of YOU and 10 years of RootsTech!

RootsTech 2020 SLC Day 2 in Review: Family Doesn’t Have to Match

At RootsTech 2020, adoption advocate and inspiration behind the hit movie The Blind Side, Leigh Anne Tuohy floored audiences with her moving “real talk” about her family’s story, choosing to really see people and discovering the power of expanding her family. See a highlight of the day’s activities.

RootsTech 2020 SLC Day 3 in Review: (Family) History Behind the Lens

Day three of RootsTech 2020 is one we’re going to remember for a long time! Keynote speaker and Pulitzer-winning photographer, David Kennerly shared all about telling our stories through photography.

RootsTech 2020 SLC Day 4 in Review: Rushing into the Future of Family Celebration

RootsTech 2020 wrapped up Saturday, highlighted by an incredible keynote address from the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith. Smith spoke of the power of family discovery and the importance of celebrating and connecting with our family memories. Take a look at some of the highlights of the day!


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