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RootsTech is a family history and technology conference and trade show held annually in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. It is the successor to three former conferences: the Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy, the Family History Technology Workshop and the FamilySearch Developers Conference.
RootsTech is an outgrowth of a conference started at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The manager of Conferences and Workshops, Bob Hales, noted that their long running “Annual Genealogy and Family History Conference” held at the end of July each year was experiencing incredible interest in a track devoted to technology in genealogy. In 1997, Hales met with a local accredited genealogist and technology enthusiast, Alan Mann, to ask for his help in creating a new conference, breaking it off from the Annual Conference. They decided to hold this new conference in March of each year so as to avoid conflict with the July Annual Conference. The first event was held March 1998 and drew 400 paid attendees. By 1999, the second Computerized Genealogy Conference drew more attendees than BYU’s Annual Genealogy and Family History Conference, coming from 49 states and 3 countries. Several strategies were employed to accommodate more attendees, including offering the same classes in evening sessions, expanding to other buildings (one of which involved transport by vans), and freeing more meeting rooms by moving exhibitors out of meeting rooms into the hallways. By 2001, the conference organizers turned away hundreds of registrations each year. In 2003, the only national competing event, GenTech, was cancelled, leading to further demand for the BYU Annual Computerized Genealogy Conference.
Over the years, other events were organized to be held a day or two before this annual conference to take advantage of the attendance of exhibitors and developers from around the world. This included the Family History Technology Workshop which displayed and discussed developments in technology for genealogists and the FamilySearch Developers Conference. In 2008, the LDS Church’s Family History Department became co-sponsor of these events and the search began for a new venue. The 2010 National Genealogical Society Conference was scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City. With cooperation from the local Salt Lake City NGS sponsor, the Utah Genealogical Association, the Family History Technology Workshop, and the FamilySearch Developers Conference, the Computerized Genealogy Conference organizers met with NGS and proposed a combined NGS conference and Computerized Genealogy Conference, which was held in April 2010. The event was highly successful, and led to plans to move the Computerized Genealogy Conference to Salt Lake City for future events. The name of the conference was changed to RootsTech.
The first RootsTech was held in February 2011, drawing around 3,000 people. It was held again in February 2012, drawing 4,500 people. It was decided to move the event for 2013 to late March, and it drew 6,700 registered attendees and over 13,600 remote attendees. RootsTech has become the largest genealogy and family history conference held in North America. Many attendees and vendors come from other countries around the world. The 2014 event was moved to February, held 6–8 February at the Salt Lake City Salt Palace. Nearly 13,000 attended the 2014 RootsTech Conference in person, with over 100,000 remote participants.
The 2015 RootsTech was held February 12-14, and Laura Bush and her daughter were keynote speakers.
RootsTech是在猶他州普羅沃市的楊百翰大學開始的一次會議的成果。會議與研討會主管鮑勃·哈勒斯（Bob Hales）指出，他們每年7月底舉辦的長期“年度家譜與家庭歷史大會”，對於家譜技術的軌跡，感到非常的興趣。 1997年，哈勒斯與當地認可的家譜學家和技術愛好者艾倫·曼（Alan Mann）會面，要求他幫助創建一個新的會議，從年度會議中脫穎而出。他們決定每年三月舉行這次新的會議，以避免與七月份年會的衝突。第一個活動於1998年3月舉行，吸引了400名付費參加者。到1999年，第二屆電腦家譜會議吸引了更多的參加者，比BYU的年度家譜和家庭歷史會議來自49個州和3個國家。採用了幾項策略來吸引更多的參加者，包括在晚間舉辦同一班課程，擴大到其他建築物（其中一個涉及到麵包車），並通過將參展商從會議室轉移到走廊中，釋放更多的會議室。到2001年，會議組織者每年轉移數百個註冊。 2003年，唯一的國家競爭事件GenTech 被取消，導致對BYU年度電腦家譜會議的進一步需求。
多年來，其他活動在本年度會議前夕舉行了一兩天，以充分利用世界各地參展商和開發商的參與。這包括家庭歷史技術研討會，展示和討論了家譜學家和家庭搜索開發者大會的技術發展。 2008年，LDS教會的家族史部門成為這些活動的共同贊助商，搜索開始了一個新的場所。 2010年國家家譜學會大會定於鹽湖城舉行。計算機化家譜會議組織者與當地鹽湖城NGS贊助商，猶他家譜協會，家族史科技研討會和家庭搜索開發者大會的合作，會見了NGS，並提出了組織NGS會議和計算機化家譜會議。該活動取得了非常成功，併計劃將計算機化家譜會議遷至鹽湖城，以便將來舉辦。會議的名稱已更改為RootsTech。
第一個RootsTech於2011年2月舉行，吸引了約3000人。於2012年2月再次舉行，共吸引了4500人。決定將2013年的活動推遲到3月底，並吸引了6,700名註冊參加者和超過13600名遠程參加者。 RootsTech已經成為在北美舉辦的最大的家譜和家庭歷史會議許多與會者和供應商來自世界其他國家。 2014年的活動已於二月六日至八日在鹽湖城鹽宮舉行。近13,000人親自參加了2014年RootsTech大會，擁有超過10萬名遠程參與者。
注：本文的中译由Google翻译工具提供，本人未作任何校正 —– Peter H 2017.10.18 California