ST GEORGE – Researching your family history is growing in popularity thanks to TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are, Genealogy Roadshow, and Finding Your Roots. Novice genealogists are searching databases and exploring their own family history more and more.
With this popularity, there is a great demand for tools, resources, and more database knowledge. Salt Lake City has RootsTech, one of the biggest family history conferences in the world that started in 2010. The event started as an annual conference targeting family history researchers and those talented in the technical backend.
This has left many in Southern Utah wanting to have a piece of this family history explosion, and that lead to the Family Roots Expo that began this year in St. George, Utah. Vounteer, Faleen Truman said, “This is so exciting to have an event like this in our own backyard.”
The Family Roots Expo was brought to St George to help locals begin their own family search according to Event Director, Brandi Honey. The event team went all out to make sure this event was a hit with major sponsor Cherry Creek Media. Honey said, “we wanted to give a personal experience to everyone and help them find a love for genelogy.”
The Event was held at the Dixie Event Center with over 70 classes for family history enthusit to explore from beginning, intermediate or advanced. The event was well attended by local youth that packed classrooms to learn more about finding ancestors and how apps can bring family history to life.
The expo was loaded with vendors in the Exhibitor Hall that taught event goers how to use the latest tooks, where to look for family names and how to share your family story.
The six keynote speakers of the event motivated, inspired and instructed on goers for two days packed full of new opportunities. Josie and Brighton Solomon are humanitarians and founders of The 444 Project and they spoke on working through trials in life. sJosie spoke openly about her personal struggles with mental illness in life and said, “even if you can’t feel joy you can bring joy to others.” Each speaker had a advice from adopting, missionary work, history, parents and families.
The homerun of the event was the entertainment event Saturday night with a special live performance from Alex Boyé! A recording artist, YouTube sensation and entertaining phenomenon.
The next Family Roots Expo in St George will be held on September 15-16. For more information www.familyrootsexpo.com