If you’ve have friends in the genealogy world, and have and interest or friends in the genealogy world, there’s a good chance that you’d know that RootsTech London is about to happen.

In fact, in just 10 days, it’ll happen.

This is big news for the genie world indeed, as the world’s biggest genealogy conference is crossing the ocean and setting up in England, for what looks like an amazing event.

Scheduled to run from 24-26 October 2019 at ExCeL London, there are international keynote speakers, along with a long list of big name presenters making up the 3 day conference program of over 150 talks. Of course it wouldn’t be RootsTech without a big exhibition hall with exhibitors galore. This also includes a cybercafe where you can have a seat and recharge your device while taking a breather, or use their computers to connect with others while there. The Discover Zone gives you hands-on experiences, including the latest technology from FamilySearch! While the demo area, complete with lounge chairs allows you to watch various exhibitors and companies give informative, 15-minute presentations and demonstrations while you relax.

For something new, I see they are are advertising a “DNA Basics Learning Area” which I’m sure will be a winner. So if you have “questions about DNA we’ve got answers from the some of the top genetic genealogists in the world! In the DNA Basics area, you can take a closer look at DNA and discover what’s possible—or what might be possible in the future —thanks to DNA advancements.” Sounds good … but all of this is on offer for those who attend. What about those who can’t?

While if you’re not there you will miss out on the hype and exhibition hall and the connecting with ohers, but the next best thing is to participate by watching the livestream talks.

RootsTech London are livestreaming nine talks for FREE, but if you buy a Premium Virtual Pass for £49 (*see currency conversion rates below), you will get access to 20 talks … and a whole 9 months to watch them!

So if you can’t afford the plane ticket to London, this is one way to be a part of RootsTech London.



The RootsTech London livestream schedule for the free talks is as below.
To make life easier for us Aussies, I’ve converted the BST (London time) to Sydney time (AEST),
And you can read more about each of these talks on the livestream schedule link here.
If you can’t watch at the time, the sessions will be available to watch afterwards.

THURSDAY 24 October 2019
– 9.00am BST (7.00pm AEST)
Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage – Sunny Morton

– 11.00am BST (9.00pm AEST)
Thursday General Session Featuring Dan Snow

– 1.00pm BST ( 11.00pm AEST)
Discover Your Family at FamilySearch: Photos, Stories, and Memories – Gregg Richardson

FRIDAY 25 October 2019
– 9.00am BST (7.00pm AEST)
A Strategic Approach to Irish Genealogy – Maurice Gleeson

– 11.00am BST (9.00pm AEST)
Friday General Session Featuring Kadeena Cox, Nick Barratt, and Steve Rockwood

– 1.00pm BST ( 11.00pm AEST)
Tracing 20th Century English Ancestors: The Joys and Challenges — Else Churchill

SATURDAY 26 October 2019
– 9.00am BST (7.00pm AEST)
DNA is Dynamite: How to Ignite Your Ancestral Research — Michelle Leonard

– 11.00am BST (9.00pm AEST)
Saturday General Session Featuring Donny Osmond

– 1.00pm BST ( 11.00pm AEST)
Getting Started with DNA – Debbie Kennett



What talks are included in with the Premium Virtual Pass? Good question! With this pass, you get access to these 20 recorded sessions from RootsTech London in addition to the free live stream content. These 20 classes won’t be available to view anywhere else.

– To have and to hold: Understanding British marriage records by Myko Clelland
– Genetic genealogy: A get to know you guide by Diahan Southard
– Tracing your ancestral home by Nick Barratt
– Using DNA and historical research to extend your family tree by Angie Bush
– How to tell the 10 best stories of your life by Alison Taylor
– A general introduction to DNA testing for family history by Ugo Perego
– Tracing Welsh Ancestors by Beryl Evans
– FamilySearch: Benefits of Records and a Tree Together by Virginio Gilberto Baptista de Sousa
– Tools for testing genealogical proofs by Robert Anderson
– 5 online resources to discover your Huguenot ancestors in France by Lucie Drouin
– Sources and structures for successful genealogical research in Germany by Dirk Weissleder
– FamilySearch records: The most valuable collections for your family history by David Ouimette
– Maximizing your search results on FamilySearch.org by John Huff
– Strategies and tips for researching British and Commonwealth World War II ancestors by Simon Pearce
– Save and share online information: 5 tools for the connected genealogist by Sophie Boudarel
– Should you take the hint? Automated record hinting on the giant genealogy websites by Sunny Morton
– Scotland’s churches: An introduction to their history and their records by Tahitia McCabe
– The British and Irish at home and abroad with Findmypast by Myko Clelland and Mary McKee
– Unlocking Roman Catholic records: The Catholic Heritage Archive by Brian Donovan
– Reading the Original: Hints and Tips for Deciphering Ancestral Handwriting by Jacqueline Depelle

Remember, it’s just £49 for a Premium Virtual Pass , which converts to approx. AUD$91, US$61, NZ$97, CA$81, and €55.

Click here for more information (or to buy) a Premium Virtual Pass