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Rootstech: Sharing family history
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ONE FOCUS of the conference is learning to share the stories of parents and grandparents. 
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ONE FOCUS of the conference is learning to share the stories of parents and grandparents. Stock photo


Clipper Staff Writer

SALT LAKE CITY – Future generations of your family may find what you consider to be the mundane details of your life intriguing and something to be treasured.

Learning to share the stories of your life or those of your parents, grandparents or others is one aspect of this year’s Rootstech Conference.

The fourth annual Rootstech Conference, hosted by FamilySearch, is set for Feb. 6-8 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, and while it may seem like it’s still a ways off, early bird pricing ends Jan. 6, 2014.

Davis County residents make up a good portion of those who attend each year.

Last year, 6,700 people registered for the event from all over the world. About 10 percent of those from Utah were from Davis County, according to Amy Smith, marketing and communications manager for FamilySearch.

Classes are scheduled for both beginners and those more advanced on everything from gathering genealogical information to technology to genealogical scrapbooking, but the portion of the conference that often appeals most to those who attend are the classes that teach how to share their story or the stories of family members, said Paul Nauta, senior marketing manager for FamilySearch.

“You may think you have a mundane life, but it may be intriguing to posterity,” he said. “Wouldn’t you like to know the mundane, everyday details of your grandmother’s or great-grandmother’s life?”

As part of this year’s schedule, there will be classes offered teaching how to journal your own life and how to gather information from your parents or grandparents who may still be alive, Nauta sid.

One of this year’s keynote speaker is Todd Hansen, who hosts the television show, “The Story Trek,” shown locally on BYU TV. 

In that show, Hansen finds a person at random and discovers something interesting about them that he shares.

We all have those stories, Nauta said, and there are ways to interview people to find out what they are and the best way to share them with others.

It may be something as simple as a recipe that’s been passed down for generations and the story behind it may be interesting, Nauta said.

Other keynote speakers this year include Ree Drummond, blogger and author, known as the Pioneer Woman; Annelies van den Belt, chief operating officer of DC Thompson Family History; Judy Russell, blogger and professional genealogist; Dr. Spencer Wells, director of the National Geographic Genographic Project; and Stephanie Nielsen, blogger and author.

A Family Discovery Day, a day for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be on Saturday. It will feature devotionals, classes and interactive experiences. 

Speakers will include Elder Neil L. Andersen, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; Elder Allan F. Packer, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy; author Heidi Swinton and author John Bytheway. The day is free to LDS Church members.

There will also be an Expo hall filled with hundreds of information venders and interactive booths.

The cost of the conference is $159 with the early bird deal for the full four days (Wednesday through Saturday). A one-day pass is $89. Other passes are available on


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