More than 21,000 people from the United States and overseas gathered in Salt Lake City February 12-14, 2015, for RootsTech, promoted as the largest family history conference in the world. Attendees came from 49 states and 35 countries to the annual event that was held at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Keynote speakers included Dennis C. Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch International; Tan Le, technology innovator and founder of Emotiv Lifesciences; former first lady Laura Bush and her daughter, NBC Today Show correspondent Jenna Bush Hager; New York Times bestselling author A. J. Jacobs; and performer Donny Osmond.
The conference also featured more than 150 exhibitors and 200 classes from experts who shared their knowledge and latest techniques for gathering family stories and information.
Brimhall kicked off the conference by introducing the audience to the new interactive Family Discovery Center that opened on Temple Square on February 11. He demonstrated on stage how the stations inside the center work with an iPad to introduce visitors of all ages to family history, including “anybody who has interest in their ancestors or a curiosity about their past.”