Conference encourages innovation in genealogy technology

by | Feb. 10, 2011

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FamilySearch has been helping people find their ancestors for over 100 years, but the nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has never participated in anything quite like this before. FamilySearch is hosting a new annual conference called RootsTech that begins in Salt Lake City today. The goal of RootsTech is to foster innovation in the world of genealogy technology.

“FamilySearch is committed to working with others to provide the records and resources that help people discover their family history,” said Jay L. Verkler, chief executive officer of FamilySearch. “We believe that one of the best ways to achieve that goal is to encourage new technologies that can make it even easier for people to find their ancestors.”

RootsTech grew out of an effort Brigham Young University began several years ago with its Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy. BYU is now a key partner in this new conference, along with other leaders in genealogy and technology, including Microsoft, Dell,, brightsolid, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society.

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