Free Family History Event Offered Thursday Through Saturday

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - by Phil Smartt

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Sister Patricia Holland will speak at Family Discovery Day on Saturday at 2 p.m.  This is part of RootsTech Connect, a virtual and free family history conference offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

All in the greater Chattanooga area are invited to participate.  Tune in at https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=engand to learn how to connect to your heritage, ancestors, immediate family and God.  Also watch live or on demand at ChurchofJesusChrist.org.  “Families,” Elder Holland said, “are indeed an eternal blessing from our loving Heavenly Father.”  See The Family: A Proclamation at https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world?lang=eng.

With more than 200,000 people registered and representing every country around the globe, this will be the largest RootsTech conference since the event began in 2011.  RootsTech Connect will be held from Thursday through Saturday.  For the first time in its 10-year history, RootsTech will be entirely virtual and completely free to the entire world.  RootsTech, considered to be the largest family history conference in the world, is hosted by FamilySearch, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people discover their family story. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for everyone,“ said John Griffey, president of the Chattanooga Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Please join us.”  This year, presenters will teach from international locations, and all experiences will be available in 11 languages.  Keynote speakersinclude Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, Australian motivational speaker Nick Vujicic, Indian American actor Erick Avari, South African band Ladysmith Black Mambazo and former professional football players from Uruguay and Brazil. There will be nearly 2,000 classes offered in a variety of categories, including:

?     Finding Living Relatives
?     Finding Ancestors
?     DNA
?     Places, People, & Research
?     Memories – Stories, Photos, Videos
?     Traditions and Heritage
?     Websites, Tools & Apps

In addition to classes, there will also be a virtual Expo Hall. Companies and vendors from around the world will be helping users make personal and family discoveries through a dynamic and interactive expo hall experience. Users will be able to see the latest in new product demonstrations in a virtual demo theater, get hands-on instruction and receive personal assistance.

Complimentary registration is available at RootsTech.org


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