Record-breaking RootsTech 2023 welcomed 3 million participants


23 March 2023
The organisers of RootsTech have announced that more than 3 million people took part in its first ever hybrid conference, with participants from 236 different countries and territories.

RootsTech 2023, the world’s largest, global celebration of family and genealogy hosted by FamilySearch, held its first ever hybrid in-person and virtual event from March 2–4, reaching millions of participants from 236 countries and territories.

RootsTech releases

cM Explainer from MyHeritage

cM Explainer from MyHeritage may be used by MyHeritage customers and is also freely available as a standalone tool for anyone who wishes to use it here - simply input the number of centiMorgans shared with a match and the match’s age, to view possible relationships. Each relationship type will be allocated a percentage likelihood. Find out more about cM Explainer in this MyHeritage blog.

In other MyHeritage news: colour-coded family tree charts and A.I. Photo Dating are just two of the other dramatic innovations from MyHeritage, and spoken about in MyHeritage CEO Gilad Japhet’s RootsTech presentation, the recording of which may be viewed here.

DNA Compare from Ancestry

Explore your ethnicity estimate in greater detail when studying your DNA results on Ancestry. Using the Beta DNA Compare tool you can make comparisons with up to 10 of your DNA matches at a time. The comparisons will display each of your chosen DNA matches with their ethnicity percentages in table form.

Sticking with Ancestry DNA note too the Ancestry DNA Beta Chromosome Painter. On the Chromosome view you can see your ethnicities ‘painted’ on to your respective chromosomes.

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To locate DNA Compare and Chromosome Painter log in to your AncestryDNA account, choose DNA Story, and scroll down the Ethnicity Estimate information on the right-hand side of the window at Ancestry.

Storied’s StoryAssist

New story-telling curation website Storied has unveiled their StoryAssist functionality. What does this mean? It means that you can generate artificial intelligence generated stories and memories about your family history, simply having entered a few key sentences. Clearly you need to read, edit and approve the narrative created via the use of StoryAssist, but it can prove a valuable tool for circumventing writer’s block and to help generate a written version of your family story for you to build on. The goal at Storied is to make it as appealing and accessible as possible for people to write and share their family stories. Visit Storied.

Ancestry’s StoryMaker

New from Ancestry is the StoryMaker Studio, using which you may add photos, written text and audio clips to create succinct visual stories about your family history. There are themes to inspire you, with stories covering all aspects of family history from recipes to research trips. Find out more here.

RootsTech 2023 facts

  • More than 500,000 participants made over 5.2M common ancestor connections to other participants through Relatives at RootsTech 2023.
  • Participants came from 236 countries and territories.
  • More than 3 million participants in person and online.
  • Over 128,000 hours of livestream video and 70,000 hours of on-demand content watched.
  • Over 4,000 young adults attended in person.


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