RootsTech 2022: what to watch


22 February 2022
With more than 1,500 sessions to explore at RootsTech 2022, family history fans are spoilt for choice. Get your viewing off to a great start with suggestions from the Family Tree community.

What is RootsTech?

RootsTech is a free, three-day online conference from FamilySearch that anyone can join and access. Originally held each year in Salt Lake City, Utah, since the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference has moved to an online format.

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The theme of this year’s conference is ‘finding connection’

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RootsTech 2022 recommended sessions

We asked the Family Tree Twitter and Facebook communities about talks they’re doing, and sessions they’re looking forward to, for you to access once the conference begins. You can register for free here and then you can explore all the sessions. 

Recommendations include:

  • Planning a research trip to Ireland by David Ryan
  • Three sessions on Scotland’s sheriff court records (civil records, criminal records and registers of deeds) by Fergus Smith
  • Business histories: putting our ancestors into their commercial communities, and American Library, Norfolk UK (3 min tips and trick video) by Elizabeth Walne
  • Online research resources for Welsh genealogy by Jenni Phillips
  • 3 x Society of Genealogists presentations by Else Churchill 


At the time of writing, the exact talk links hadn’t been confirmed, however, you can access from 3 March 2022 by visiting RootsTech sessions and entering the speaker name into the search box

RootsTech suggestions

You can also find curated session suggestions at RootsTech under topics including

  • Advanced skills
  • DNA
  • Homeland heritage
  • Quest for connection
  • Get started

RootsTech keynote speakers

Alongside the 1,500+ sessions are addresses by RootsTech keynote speakers – well-known people from all walks of life who have inspired others in their work and/or personal life. These include American actor Matthew Modine, Ghanaian boxing legend Samuel Azumah Nelson, French baker Apollonia Poilâne and Argentine singer Diego Torres.  

Join the conversation

We’ll be sharing RootsTech news throughout the conference, so be sure to visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the news section of our website to keep up with all the latest news.

Join the conversation on social media and let us know about your discoveries and any must-watch sessions you discover.

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