Since 2011 RootsTech by FamilySearch has been a family gathering unlike any other. The annual conference, first held in Salt Lake City, Utah, has grown and changed since those early days. From in-person to the entirely virtual, world-wide conference held just last year, RootsTech has always been a celebration of connection—past, present and future
RootsTech 2023 was held from March 2 to March 4, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Keynote speakers included: Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Sister Susan Gong, Sean Astin, Jordin Sparks, His Highness Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, Me Ra Koh, Tuti Furlan, Mona Magno-Veluz, and Steve Rockwood.
The three-day RootsTech conference featured several keynote speakers. The videos to their speeches are hyperlinked below.
- Sean Astin, an award-winning actor, producer and director. He talked about how not all families are alike and how we can establish wholesome united relationships.
- Jordin Sparks, a multiplatinum recording artist, winner of “American Idol” Season 6 and actress. She shared her personal story and speak to the power of uniting through song and word.
- His Highness Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, a major contributor to achieving sustainability and food security in the United Arab Emirates. He was awarded the Medal of Excellence for being an important figure in sustainable investment.
- Me Ra Koh, a prominent photographer and Sony Artisan who is sponsored by Pictureline. She shared her own story about how to be a living portrait of resilience.
- Tuti Furlan, an influential psychologist in Guatemala who specializes in positive psychology and the science of happiness.
- Mona Magno-Veluz, National President of the Autism Society Philippines. She designed and engineered initiatives that empower persons on the autism spectrum and those who care for them.
- Steve Rockwood, president and CEO of FamilySearch. He focused on how to unite past, present and future family (for more information on Newsroom)
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, dove into their Chinese and Irish ancestry during Family Discovery Day (March 4, 2023) at the 2023 RootsTech global genealogy conference.
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Family Discovery Day at RootsTech 2022 (FamilySearch)
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