At a blogger’s supper Wednesday evening, Dennis Brimhall, President and CEO FamilySearch International, announced that more than 6,700 people have registered for this year’s RootsTech conference. It is expected that more will attend as walk-ins; people who have not registered but will pay at the door. With another 2,000+ youth registered to attend a special Saturday youth family history presentation, the number of participants at this year’s RootsTech conference could be as many as 8,700 attendees. This is remarkable growth for a conference that is just in its 3rd year of existence.
Dennis Brimhall mentioned that selected sessions and presentations in this year’s conference will be streamed lived over the internet. They will go to 16 local family history fairs in remote locations in 7 countries throughout the world, including many locations in the United States and Canada. If the logistics of this experiment work well, then next year, RootsTech will stream selected sessions live to as many as several hundred locations worldwide. It is expected that as many as 120,000 or more attendees throughout the world will be able to enjoy the benefits of what RootsTech has to offer at little or no cost to them.
RootsTech is a world class family history conference. Some of the world’s best genealogists, family historians, story tellers and technology experts come and present at this conference. It is the goal of those who sponsor RootsTech to make this remarkable source of knowledge and insight available to as many people as they possibly can.