There are even MORE virtual and in-person opportunities at RootsTech beginning on March 2nd.
This is sort of like Where’s Waldo, except it’s “Where’s Roberta” at RootsTech 2023.
I’m giving my three RootsTech sessions of course, but that’s not all. I’m appearing for presentations in both the FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage booths, plus having a book signing for my book, DNA for Native American Genealogy.
Unfortunately, none of my RootsTech sessions are livestreamed, so please attend in person if you’re in Salt Lake City.
The Expo Hall vendor floor plan is here.
The entire floor plan, including the session rooms is here.
Here’s my schedule, followed by the FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage booth schedules. Both have wonderful, free, DNA and genealogy sessions.
Roberta – Thursday March 2
9:30 – 10:30 AM – DNA for Native American Genealogy – 10 Ways to Find Your Native American Ancestor – Room 155A
1 – 1:30 PM – Time Travel with Your Ancestors – MyHeritage Booth
3 PM – DNA Journey – Follow Your Ancestor’s Path – Room 255B
Roberta – Friday March 3
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Big Y DNA for the Win – Room 150
4 PM – AutoClusters for the Win – MyHeritage Booth
Roberta – Saturday March 4
1:30 – 2:00 PM – Native American AMA (Ask Me Anything) – FamilyTreeDNA Booth
2:00 – 2:30 PM – Book Signing – DNA for Native American Genealogy – FamilyTreeDNA Booth
About the Book Signing
It’s unfortunate that there won’t be a book vendor at RootsTech this year, but I’ll have some copies of my book along for purchase and signing.
For right now, plan on bringing either $30 in cash, or a check. I’m trying to work out credit card processing, but no promises.
If I run out of books, the show-special pricing of $30 will be honored by the publisher if you order and pay at the book signing.
I’m bringing book plates to sign so I can sign the plate for you, even if you need to order.
If you already purchased the book, come on by and I’ll be glad to sign a book plate for you as well, at least until I run out😊
Expo Hall Opportunities
Many vendors will be offering sessions in their booths, both in person and virtual. Please check them out.
You can register for RootsTech for free which gives you remote access and also access to the Expo Hall if you attend in person. Of course, the paid registration gives you access to the in-person sessions at RootsTech.
I wrote about how to sign up and navigate the RootsTech site, here.
There are a lot more sessions available in the Expo Hall, both virtual and in person, in the vendor booths.
I’m highlighting both FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage since they both focus on DNA and have scheduled free sessions from their own specialists plus industry leaders. Most booth sessions tend to be about half an hour.
MyHeritage Hall Lecture and Booth Schedule
I’m sure after the virtual Expo Halls opens, their schedule will be available there too.
FamilyTreeDNA Hall Lecture and Booth Schedule
FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) published two blog posts, one about the free virtual RootsTech sessions, here, and one about the in-person sessions, here. If you subscribe to their blog, here, you’ll received updates during the week as they feature different sessions. Also, check their virtual booth after the Expo Hall opens.
|SLC Local Time||Thursday March 2||Friday March 3||Saturday March 4|
|9:30 (AM)||Y DNA: An Overview of your Results – Katy Rowe – Ballroom A – livestreamed||Let’s Play Connect Forefathers! -Sherman McRae – Ballroom A – livestreamed|
|10:30||What You Can Do with DNA – Katy Rowe – FTDNA Booth||Native American Roots – Janine Cloud – FTDNA Booth||Which Test is Best for Me? – Janine Cloud – FTDNA Booth|
|1:00 PM||FamilyTreeDNA Sponsor Spotlight – Main Stage||Y-DNA AMA (Ask Me Anything) – Dr. Paul Maier, Goran Runfeldt, Michael Sager||Mitochondrial DNA AMA (Ask me Anything) – Dr. Paul Maier, Goran Runfeldt|
|1:30||Unexpected Y-DNA Result – Sherman McRae – FTDNA Booth||Just in Time for Groups – Jim Brewster – Virtual Live Demo through FTDNA Expo Hall booth||Native American AMA (Ask Me Anything) – Roberta Estes – FTDNA Booth|
|2:00||Book Signing – DNA for Native American Genealogy – Roberta Estes – FTDNA booth|
|3:00||Unexpected Y DNA Result – Sherman McRae – FTDNA booth|
|4:00||Which Test is Best for Me? – Janine Cloud – FTDNA Booth|
Rootstech Live Webinars Versus Livestreamed Sessions
There has been some confusion about the difference between RootsTech Live Webinars and Livestreamed sessions, and how to access each. I know this is confusing, so bear with me.
- It appears that the free virtual registration will give you access to the live webinars, because the speakers and their sessions are listed both under the in-person and the virtual on-demand classes, here.
- The paid registration gives you access to the sessions that will be given in person and also livestreamed.
There is no list (or filter ability) of livestreamed or live webinar sessions, but it’s easy to see if you go to the list of in-person sessions, here, and look under location where it will say “Live Webinar” if the session is just a webinar. However, this list does NOT tell you if the session is livestreamed.
Let’s look at an example.
Here are the first two sessions for Thursday.
The first session listed is a Live Webinar, meaning there is no in person room to visit. This sessions ALSO appears on the virtual list of classes, if you look there.
The second session physically takes place in Ballroom A. If you click on the session, and scroll to the bottom, you’ll see this statement about livestreaming. That means you go to Ballroom A if you are in SLC or you can view the session by visiting this link and clicking at the red arrow to join. I believe these will be available later too, but I have no confirmation of that.
This session is NOT listed in the free “on demand” sessions, so I believe any in-person session is only available with a paid registration.
The message is to plan your RootsTech sessions in advance.
Over and Out Until RootsTech
How can it possibly just be just four days until RootsTech. The suspense builds every single day because we know there will be announcements and it will be wonderful to see our genea-friends in person again. It feels like it has been forever.
This is it for me until RootsTech. My schedule is absolutely jam-packed slammed busy, but I will try to write and publish something everyday so you folks can “come along” with me.
I have a media pass this year, so I’ll be trying to grab photos of people, including the main stage speakers, and asking what are hopefully relevant questions. Maybe some behind the scenes things too. I’m not sure how much access we have.
There are sure to be some interesting surprises, planned or unplanned. There always are. Personally, I’m just extremely grateful that RootsTech wasn’t this week, given their 2 feet of snow, or I would have been interviewing people in the hotel lobby and maybe coordinating games of Euchre or perhaps modifying Jeopardy for “Who’s Your Ancestor?” “I’ll take pilgrims for $200.”
It would be miserable to be snowed in literally one block from the FamilySearch Library and not be able to get there. Mother Nature, hopefully, has gotten this out of her system as this week promises to be less weather-challenged. Knock wood!
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- FamilyTreeDNA– Y, mitochondrial and autosomal DNA testing
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- Legacy Family Tree Webinars– Genealogy and DNA classes, subscription-based, some free
- Legacy Family Tree Software– Genealogy software for your computer
- Newspapers.com– Search newspapers for your ancestors
- NewspaperArchive– Search different newspapers for your ancestors
- DNA for Native American Genealogy– by Roberta Estes, for those ordering the e-book from anyplace, or paperback within the United States
- DNA for Native American Genealogy– for those ordering the paperback outside the US
- Genealogical.com– Lots of wonderful genealogy research books
- Legacy Tree Genealogists – Professional genealogy research
Will the talks you give at the booths be streamed later?
I’m not sure if they are being recorded. I’ll ask.
i can’t find your big-y lecture.
It’s Friday and here’s the link: https://rootstech2023.mapyourshow.com/8_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?scheduleid=193
Thanks for posting this information. It is difficult to sort out what will be available to those attending virtually. As emails come in from Rootstech, the information for virtual attendees is confusing and sometimes conflicting with previous emails.
I still find the differences between the Roots Tech 2023 options confusing. If I had paid the $99 could I have watched your presentation from home as they were occurring? Or if I pay the $99 registration fee today can I watch your presentations (and others) later that I have already missed that are not part of the free virtual Roots Tech 2023?
I know they are confusing. Mine was not streamed at all so the only way to see it was in person.