Thousands come to Salt Lake City to discover their roots

Posted at 10:09 PM, Mar 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-24 00:09:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Historians and genealogist came to Utah to help families connect using modern technology.

The annual RootsTech conference began Thursday and ends Saturday in Salt Lake City. The event features keynote speakers, hundreds of classes and many vendors—all relating to family history.

Genealogy is popular in Utah, which is evidenced by the nearly 7,000 people who registered for the three-day conference.

RootsTech Conference Manager Dan Martinez said technology has really changed the way families discover their stories.

“The whole aspect of family history has completely evolved with technology, so you can now, from the comfort of your home, enter in a name and any number of different sites, from any one of those types of places, and up pops records of that name,” he said. “You can preserve and share. You can upload pictures and stories and photos as part of gathering and completing the overall story of what you're searching for.”