RootsTech Survival Guide: Events & Keynotes – Dates & Times!

I made up this quick cheat sheet for the Keynotes, Events, and Registration & Expo Hall hours. I’ll admit this is for my own benefit as much as for anyone else. While the class schedule is always something that I pour over and over, I am forever looking for the specifics on which day which keynote speaker is speaking, when the vendor hall opens/closes and which day special events are.

Wednesday, February 8

Liz Wiseman

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall is not open yet

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: Liz Wiseman
Steve Rockwood
, CEO of FamilySearch International

12:30 p.m. Innovator Showdown Semi-Finalists presentations

6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Welcome Party
Marriott Grand Ballroom. “We Don’t Need Roads”.  80’s themed party. Innovator Showdown announcement! (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Thursday, February 9

The Scott Brothers

Registration:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote: The Scott Brothers (HGTV’s Property Brothers)

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. RootsTech Opening Event
Conference Center at Temple Square“Music, It Runs in the Family”. Mormon Tabernacle Choir w/ guest soloist Dallyn Vail Bayles. Priority seating for registered attendees, with tickets available to general public online at (Check your pass to see if it’s included or if separate registration is needed)

Friday, February 10

LeVar Burton

Registration:         7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

African Heritage Day

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.     Keynote: LeVar Burton
Music by Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Salt Lake City

10:30-11:30 a.m., Innovator Showdown
Salt Palace Hall D

5:30–7:00 p.m., Cultural Celebration
RootsTech Expo Hall. “Celebrate Your Heritage”. Special cultural performance will include Latin music and dancing, African drummers, Irish dancing, and free giveaways by sponsors and exhibitors.

Saturday, February 11

Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Expo Hall hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 p.m.

Family Discovery Day

(requires free pass for special Family Discovery Day presentations, classes)

Look for the Cake Decorating Contest entries!

Buddy Valastro

CeCe Moore

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.   Keynote:  Buddy Valastro, the Cake Boss &  CeCe Moore, genetic genealogist

5:30 p.m., Closing Event
Salt Palace Hall D. “Celebrating Life with Music – and Cake”. Comedy, music, and cake.
Winners of the Cake Decorating contest to be announced.


See all of our 2017 RootsTech Survival Guide posts here.



RootsTech Survival Guide: Live Streaming Schedule

Even if you can’t attend the conference in person, you can still enjoy some of the great presentations from RootsTech, thanks to several presenters who have agreed to allow their sessions to be live streamed!

The live stream can be found on the home page of

Below is the schedule, which includes the general keynote sessions each morning:


Liz Wiseman

9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Liz Wiseman

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m. | Industry Trends and Outlook
Speakers: Craig Bott and Guest Panel

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Innovation—Best Practices and Applications
Speaker: Cydni Tetro


The Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Steve Rockwood, Jonathan and Drew Scott

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Getting Started in Genealogy
Speaker: Kelli Bergheimer

12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m. | DNA: The Glue That Holds Families Together
Speaker: Diahan Southard

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | DNA Matching on MyHeritage
Speaker: Dana Drutman

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Jewish Genealogy: Where to Look and What’s Available
Speaker: Lara Diamond

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Family History Is Anything but Boring
Speakers: Crystal Farish and Rhonna Farrer

Levar Burton


8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Levar Burton, Special Guest Panel

 Don’t Miss!! >>> 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. | RootsTech Innovator Showdown Finals

12:15 p.m.1:15 p.m. | Mothers, Daughters, Wives: tracing Female Lines
Speaker: Judy Russell

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Censational Census Strategies
Speaker: Mary Kircher Roddy

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage
Speaker: Sunny Morton

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records
Speaker: Jen Baldwin


Buddy Valastro

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | RootsTech General Session
Speakers: Cece Moore, Buddy Valastro

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Journaling Principles That Work
Speaker: Steve Reed

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Don’t Just Be a Searcher, Be a Researcher
Speaker: Crista Cowan

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Creating Google Alerts for Your Genealogy
Speaker: Katherine R. Wilson

Streaming Help

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