|RootsTech Expo Hall, 2017|
This year's theme is "Connect. Belong" and there will be a few changes. Firstly, and most excitingly, the main conference will now run for four days from 28 February to 3 March. Previously the Innovator Summit and some sessions connected to it were on the Wednesday, with the Conference proper starting on the Thursday. Now there will be an Innovator Showcase, where invaluable technologies for genealogists that have been nominated by genealogists themselves will be highlighted. Read more in the press release about these changes.
The next change is that the Expo Hall will now be open from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday night. This will be a great opportunity to look at the hall while not missing any of the sessions.
But if you are not interested in DNA, there are still plenty of other sessions to pique your interest. These include technology talks and talks about recording your family story amongst all sorts of other talks.
As I am from Australia, with English and Irish ancestry, I am not very interested in the talks relating to US genealogy. But that isn't a problem, as there are also talks relating to England, Ireland and Scotland. As I mentioned before, the only problem is that I won't be able to attend all the talks I am interested in.
As well as the formally scheduled classes there are always other sessions in the expo hall, especially the sessions given by the major players like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast and MyHeritage. These can be incredibly worthwhile so don't forget to see what they have on.
But don't just take my word for it. Amy Ohms Archibald has written a blog post about why she keeps attending RootsTech.
Early bird registrations for $169 are currently open here, but that is scheduled to end on 13 October and the price will go up. Register for the event here.
Disclaimer: As a Rootstech Ambassador I receive complimentary admission to the event, invitations to some extra events and dinners and a free registration to give to one of my readers. I bear the cost of my return airfares from Australia and pay for my accommodation and meals.