RootsTech Connect, which will take place on 25–27 February 2021, promises to be the most globally accessible RootsTech there has ever been. No matter where you’re from, RootsTech Connect will have something for you. And now, you can contribute!

From now until the end of December, the RootsTech team is accepting submissions for various types of videos that will be featured during the conference. There are multiple video categories and subcategories—meaning that whatever your strengths are, there is definitely something you can add to make the conference special.

Category 1: RootsTech Heritage Discovery Videos

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

As you know, RootsTech is all about family history. What better way to give RootsTech a personal flair than to share what makes your family history unique?

RootsTech invites everyone around the world to submit heritage discovery videos and share a piece of their corner of the world. These heritage videos can fall into one of three categories:

  • Food. What recipes do you have that are unique to your family or culture? What’s the story behind the food? Share a how-to video on how to make a dish that is significant to you. Be sure to tell us what makes it stand out!
a family baking together
  • Travel. This year’s RootsTech attendees will be from all over the world. Give everyone an insider’s look at why your hometown is the greatest. Record a video showing where you’re from, and bring your home to others! Share clips of your favorite hangouts, sights, or places to eat—anything that makes your home special to you.
a city in mexico

Culture and Traditions. Nothing ties us to our ancestors quite like the traditions we’ve inherited from them. Culture and tradition can influence what we wear, what we celebrate, and even what we say. But even between two families of the same culture, practices and traditions are often not identical.

What are your family’s cultural traditions? What makes your family unique? Share how your family celebrates holidays, what traditional clothing your family members wear, or even how to say things in your native language. Whatever you make will give others insight into your heritage and your corner of the world.

a woman in a traditional kimono.

Category 2: RootsTech Tips and Tricks Videos

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2020

Let’s face it, while genealogy is fun—addicting, even—there are things about it that can make it tricky, even to the seasoned genealogist. Luckily, none of us are alone! We all have each other to lean on and learn from.

What genealogy tips and tricks have you picked up in your journey through your family tree? How did you finally smash through that family history roadblock, opening up an entire new branch you would never have discovered otherwise? Create a quick video to share the methods that have worked for you. Your contributions will help everyone else at the conference. You might even help someone who is having a problem similar to the one you have overcome.

A woman waving to the camera

Guidelines, Tips, and How to Submit

Remember to read carefully and follow the guidelines and rules when it comes to submitting your video. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee that your video can be accepted and shared.

The RootsTech website has a page explaining more about each video category and the rules for submission. Be sure to check it out! It will answer any questions you might have. This page also gives you an easy way to submit your videos. Just click the button link at the bottom of the page.  

We are so excited to see what you have to share!

Source: New on FamilySearch