Pennington Research Association

NGS RootsTech Conference

  • February 02, 2012
  • 8:00 AM
  • February 04, 2012
  • 5:00 PM
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

RootsTech is a leading edge conference designed to bring technologists together with genealogists, so they can learn from each other and find solutions to the challenges they face in family history research today. At RootsTech, genealogists and family historians will discover emerging technologies to improve their family history research experience. Technology developers will learn the skills to deliver innovative applications and systems. They will also have the opportunity to receive instant feedback from peers and users on their ideas and creations. Attendees will learn from hands-on workshops and interactive presentations at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced level.

Who Should Attend?

This cutting edge conference has something for everyone, whether you are a software developer, a genealogist, a society member, technologist or a genealogy hobbyist. No matter your technology background, this uniquely designed conference offers customized experiences to help you become a valuable part of finding solutions that will bring technology and genealogy together. RootsTech also gives you a firsthand look into what new technological tools are available to power up your research experiences.

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $129 Early Bird Price – expires November 30, 2011
  • $189 Full Registration Price
  • $35 Student Price (must show valid school ID)
  • $79 Single Day Pass

Why Should I Attend?


  • Explore the latest development techniques using:
    • Cloud computing
    • Mobile apps
    • Social networking
    • Geo-mapping
  • Learn practical software development skills from industry leaders and pioneers
  • Create solutions to difficult problems in a rapidly-growing market segment
  • Access sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors that provide tools and services to enable innovations
  • Compete in the RootsTech Developer’s Challenge
  • Learn more


  • Experience hands-on workshops and interactive classes to accelerate your research
  • Help influence the future of genealogy
  • Learn and share new ways to adapt technologies to genealogy
  • Help leading-edge technology providers better understand your needs
  • Participate in panels, product demos and many networking opportunities
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RootsTech 2011 by the Numbers

  • 3,000 registered attendees from 42 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces and 12 additional countries
  • 4,711 virtual attendees for streaming sessions
  • More than 40 key bloggers attended from Australia, Canada, Israel, the U.K. and the U.S.
  • 17 official sponsors: Microsoft, Dell,, brightsolid, BYU, NGS, NEHGS, FGS, Oracle, Novell, ViaWest, Family History Expos,, UTC, IIMI, Sprint
  • 94% of attendees reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with the value of the information received at RootsTech

Note:  For anyone interested in attending the RootsTech 2nd annual conference in Salt Lake City February 2-4, 2012, NGS (National Genealogical Society) FGS members are being offered special pricing for registrations between 27-29 October (that's this Thursday through Saturday). Normally $189, it will be only $99 using promotion code FGS during those 3 days only.


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