SALT LAKE CITY — Technologists and genealogists from around the world will gather at the first annual RootsTech Conference at the Salt Palace Convention Center Feb. 10–12.

The conference, hosted by FamilySearch and sponsored by leading genealogical organizations, aims to bring technologists and genealogists together to help deepen understanding of current technologies and discover new ideas in applying technology to genealogy.

"When the users and creators of technology come together, innovation occurs," said Jay Verkler, FamilySearch president and CEO. "The RootsTech Conference will accelerate that innovation through panels, discussion groups and interactive demonstrations."

Genealogists will be treated to technology prototype demonstrations, interactive workshops and opportunities to test innovative new product and service concepts. Technology providers will get the opportunity to demonstrate product concepts face-to-face to their customer and better understand their needs.

Anticipated themes for the conference include using social networking to collaborate as families and societies; data backup and digital preservation; using multimedia; records and media digitization; how to use cloud computing to deploy reliable, scalable systems; handwriting recognition and automated transcription; mobile computing devices and applications; as well as GPS mapping.

"Technology is driving a revolution in family history," said Tim Sullivan, CEO of "We're excited to participate in the RootsTech Conference, and we see it as a great chance to explore with genealogists how technology can help them even more in the future."

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