By Roots Tech

Please RSVP by Wednesday noon, February 1, 2012, by contacting Brittany Warnock at 801-240-7611.

The annual RootsTech 2012 conference will be held in Salt Lake City, February 2-4, 2012, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The conference offers news media an opportunity to highlight the latest developments and future thinking in family history technology and to interact with leading presenters, tech developers and family history enthusiasts. A full schedule of conference activities can be found at rootstech.org.

Interest in family history has become much more than a research quest to uncover one’s ancestors lost in dusty archives or endless cabinets of antiquated microfilm. Today, millions of unsuspecting consumers are already engaged in family history as they embrace social media and other emerging technology to share thoughts, events, activities, photos, and family memories, write their personal history or preserve the present before it becomes the past.

The RootsTech conference brings together technology developers and family history enthusiasts to define the next generation of family history-related applications, products, and services.

Over 3,000 participants have signed up for the conference. Representatives from Google+, Instructure, Ancestry.com, FindmyPast.com (the United Kingdom’s largest genealogy service provider debuting in America) and FamilySearch are participating in this year’s conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet FamilySearch’s new CEO, Dennis Brimhall.

The 1940 US Census will be released this year by the National Archives and Records Administration. It will be the most used online collection for the next decade. Attendees will be able to interact with the companies behind an online community project to make it digitally available and easily searchable online for free in 2012.