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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Kristin Chenoweth to Keynote RootsTech 2024

Quoting from an email, 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—RootsTech by FamilySearch, a global celebration of family and genealogy, announced Emmy® and Tony® Award-winning actress, and singer, Kristin Chenoweth, as the final keynote speaker at RootsTech 2024. Chenoweth will take the main stage on Saturday, March 2, 2024.  Chenoweth will share her personal family story with RootsTech’s global audience and showcase her renowned soprano voice as she performs a curated selection of songs. You won’t want to miss Kristin Chenoweth live in person or online. Register now at

Chenoweth has performed for sold-out audiences across the world and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She is perhaps most famous for starring as Glinda in the original Broadway cast of Wicked. She has appeared in various television shows such as The West Wing, Pushing Daisies (Emmy® Award), Glee,Disney’s “Descendants”, and American Gods, a Starz Channel original. Kristin won a Tony Award for her role in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”, and also played Velma Von Tussle in NBC’s Hairspray Live! in 2016. For her next major project, she will be starring in and producing the new musical “The Queen of Versailles”, based on the 2012 award-winning documentary. 

Look me up if you come in person to RootsTech 2024.  

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Relatives at RootsTech 2024


I guess I am not going to be inviting my cousins over for dinner. This is an interesting number that came in an email to me. Here is the web version from a screen shot on Obviously, your results might vary. You can click on the image to see a enlarged version. 

it is also obvious that the numbers between the first image which arrived by email and the second image that is a screenshot done on the day of this post. Is there some way that this information can be processed? I know I can look at a list, but why and how would I look at 6,000+ names or much less the 39,000+ in the email notice sent to me. If there are 39,210 of my relatives registered for RootsTech 2024, and if the number of registrants is 108,064, then I am related to a little more than 36% of the attendees or about one out every three people at the conference. 

I will be at RootsTech 2024 in person and teaching 3 live classes see this link.

I will also be teaching at the MyHeritage booth, the BYU booth, and The Family History Guide booth. Come and look me up. 

The Relatives at RootsTech is on the website at and available as part of the RootsTech 2024 app for Android and iOS. 

Monday, February 12, 2024

RootsTech 2024 Family Discovery Day


RootsTech 2024 Family Discovery Day

Quoting from an email announcement:

RootsTech 2024 is coming up soon, and we are looking forward to hosting our annual Family Discovery Day on Saturday March 2, 2024, during the conference.

Come visit the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and take part in a full day of free activities, games, and inspiration for you and your family! Remember, connect, and experience the impact of family with your loved ones this year at Family Discovery Day.

Register for Family Discovery Day for Free!

Register for the Full 2024 RootsTech Conference

If you cannot join us in person at Family Discovery Day 2024, participate online by tuning in to live-streamed events on the main stage.

The Late President M. Russell Ballard’s Family Discovery Day Message

A special Family Discovery Day message will be broadcast at 1:30 PM MT on March 2, 2024. For both in-person and online attendees to RootsTech 2024, tune in to a never-before-seen film (produced in 2023) of the late President M. Russell Ballard recounting his own family story and pioneer heritage.

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Announcing a new partnership between The Family History Guide and the National Genealogical Society

The illustration above is part of an announcement of the new partnership between the National Genealogical Society and The Family History Guide

Here is some additional information from the announcement quoting from a Facebook post by The Family History Guide:
Today we are excited to announce an official partnership between The Family History Guide Association and the National Genealogical Society ( The Family History Guide Association will provide educational materials and training to the National Genealogical Society, enabling their members to accelerate their learning and research skills in genealogy.  
"We are thrilled to connect our organization members with the wealth of information provided by The Family History Guide website. The website offers an incredible selection of resources that make genealogy more accessible, particularly to those just starting their journey. By partnering with The Family History Guide Association, we can point societies, libraries, archives, and museums to tools that will enhance their programs and services and help them develop education that sparks a love of family history research and discoveries for more people." - Matt Menashes, CAE, National Genealogical Society executive director
"The Family History Guide website debuted in 2015 with the goal of making everyone's family history journey easier, more efficient, and more enjoyable (and free!). An educational partnership with the National Genealogical Society is a match made in heaven, as it provides their organization members with training and research tools that will take their members and patrons to the next level of success in genealogy. I couldn't be more excited about the future of genealogy learning and doing with The Family History Guide Association and the National Genealogical Society joining forces now."
- Bob Taylor, originator of The Family History Guide website

As the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Family History Guide Association, the sponsoring 501(c)3 charitable organization of The Family History Guide website, I am thrilled to join this important and significant partnership with the National Genealogical Society. This partnership will expand our mutual goals of helping people discover, explore and feel better through their family history and genealogical research and advance each of our missions to provide high-quality, online family history education and resources. I am honored to be part of this collaboration and I will do my best to promote this mutually beneficial partnership.

Friday, February 2, 2024

RootsTech: Keynote Speakers and Special Guests


In addition to this lineup of Keynote Speakers, Saturday, we will have a class and a visit from local basketball celebrity, Jimmer Fredette.

Here is the planned schedule.

Spend the day with the Fredettes on Saturday, March 2, 2024!

9:30 - 10:30 am: Take part in a beginners class alongside Jimmer and Whitney Fredette. Learn how to use the memories feature in the FamilySearch app while hearing stories about the Fredette family.

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: After class, join the meet-and-greet and take a picture with Jimmer!

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm: Youth ages 8 – 14 can participate in a shoot-around with Jimmer himself! (Registration required, use the link above to sign up!)

Meanwhile, here is my own in-person, live class schedule (for now). 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Check out the full list of RootsTech sessions both live and online

Yes, the schedule of classes including rooms and times for the live classes is online on the RootsTech 2024 website. The schedule is divided into the In-person schedule and the Online Schedule. 

There are 222 speakers scheduled over the three day conference. You can still register for the in-person conference from the website. I am presenting three classes. Here is a screenshot of the classes that are all three scheduled for the afternoon of the first day, Thursday, February 29th of the conference. You can check out a video preview of the classes on

You can view the class schedule by hour and day.

But you have to click around on the website for a while to see all the different lists and offerings. My classes are at 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm, and 4:30 pm. 

I will also be presenting in the Expo Hall for The Family History Guide,, and at the Brigham Young University booth. You can look for the schedule at the booths in the Expo Hall. 

Hope to see you there. 

Friday, January 26, 2024

World-renowned photographer Nancy Borowick -- RootsTech Keynote Speaker

Quoting from an email announcement:

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—RootsTech by FamilySearch, the world’s largest family discovery and genealogy conference, and Pictureline, a gold sponsor at RootsTech 2024, are excited to announce Nancy Borowick as a main-stage keynote on Friday, March 1, 2024, and part of the globally broadcasted event. Pictureline is sponsoring Nancy Borowick, a world-renowned Sony Artisan photographer, speaker, and teacher, with a unique gift and talent for capturing the moments to not be forgotten—a great fit for RootsTech’s global audience and this year’s theme of “Remember.” Learn more at

RootsTech invites a wide range of talented celebrities to its annual event’s main stage. Each one has offered different perspectives and inspiration regarding the importance, diversity, and yet uniqueness, of each family, and the importance of uniting with your family and remembering who you are. Nancy Borowick will continue that strong tradition as she takes to the main stage at RootsTech 2024 on Friday, March 1, 2024. 

You can read more about Nancy Borowick on her website.  

Here is a further quote from the email announcement:

Borowick’s family has left an indelible imprint upon her life. They taught her that life is precious, to live it on her own terms, and to face uncertainties courageously. She saw both her parents struggle with stage 4 cancer together, passing away just a year apart. She honored them with a special photography tribute and book that celebrates their strength and grace while illustrating the simultaneity of life (see The Family Imprint: A Daughter’s Portrait of Love and Loss).

"I'm so excited to speak at RootsTech 2024! Family, memory, and storytelling through photography is an integral part of my life and work, and I can't wait to share my personal family journey and story in Salt Lake City at RootsTech 2024." Nancy Borowick, RootsTech 2024 Keynote 

Nancy Borowick graduated from the International Center of Photography and has made a career as a photojournalist, author, teacher, and speaker. Borowick’s work has been exhibited in more than 100 cities worldwide, as well as in many notable publications such as National Geographic, Time Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Glamour magazine, Le Monde, Stern magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and outlets such as CNN and Bloomberg. A few of her many renowned accolades and awards include World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, and the 2018 Humanitarian Award from the organization Women That Sour. 

While teaching photography classes to children in rural Ghana, Borowick learned of the villagers’ need for a fresh water well and spearheaded a project to raise the monies needed to provide one. She also sponsors an initiative to honor and help mothers heal from the trauma and grief of losing a stillborn child and to reduce public bias regarding pregnancy care and infant mortality.

"Pictureline is pleased to be a part of RootsTech 2024 and to sponsor renowned Sony Artisan Nancy Borowick as the Friday morning keynote speaker. Photography has a way to foster memories, bring together communities, and strengthen relationships. Our camera store has been part of RootsTech for over 10 years, and we love seeing how passionate RootsTech attendees are about helping bring life to their genealogy through photos and videos. We are excited to see how RootsTech will inspire all of us again this year.” —Jens Nielsen, founder, Pictureline

Meet Nancy Borowick in Person

Join Nancy Borowick on the RootsTech main stage as she shares her enthralling family story of what family and memories mean to her, and her personal perspective on the RootsTech theme “Remember.” Following her keynote address in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nancy will hold a meet and greet and book signing. 

Attend RootsTech 2024 in person at the Salt Palace Convention Center, or online for free. Learn more or register at