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Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the massive family history and technology conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 8-11, 2017, announced its free live online streaming schedule for 17 of its popular sessions including Jonathan and Drew Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers, Star Trek’s Levar Burton, The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, and the Genetic Genealogist, CeCe Moore, Liz Wiseman, and Steve Rockwood. The live broadcasts online give those unable to attend in-person worldwide a sampling of the show’s marquee content. Interested viewers will be able to watch the select broadcasts live at  

RootsTech 2017 offers over 200 sessions for those fortunate to attend in-person,” said Chad Schumacher, RootsTech marketing manager. “However, the select sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show’s reach significantly, giving many, many more the opportunity to participate remotely online in this world class conference.” In 2016, over 150,000 viewers watched the conference sessions streamed live online. Even more are expected in 2017.  

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests. 

RootsTech Streaming Schedule  

(Watch at No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). 


Time (MST)

Class Title


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Innovator Summit General Session Steve Rockwood

Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Industry Trends and Outlook Craig Bott and Guest Panel
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Innovation – Best Practices and Applications Cydni Tetro
Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:30a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RootsTech General Session Steve RockwoodJonathan and Drew Scott
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Getting Started in Genealogy Kelli Bergheimer
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. DNA: The Glue that Holds Families Together Diahan Southard
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. DNA Matching on MyHeritage Dana Drutman
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available Lara Diamond
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Family History is Anything but Boring Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer
Friday, February 10, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RootsTech General Session Levar Burton

Special Guest Panel

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals  
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Mother’s, Daughters, Wives: Tracing Female Lines Judy Russell
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Censational Census Strategies Mary Kircher Roddy
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, Findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage Sunny Morton
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records Jen Baldwin
Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RootsTech General Session Cece Moore

Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. Journaling Principles that Work Steve Reed
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher Crista Cowan
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Creating Google Alerts for your Genealogy Katherine R. Wilson

Streaming Help

The stream will automatically refresh at the beginning of each session. If it does not, you will need to refresh the page manually by clicking the Refresh button on your browser.

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

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