By: Courtney Eberhard

Discover the excitement of RootsTech 2024, virtually. Join us as we explore the wonders of genealogy, DNA, and family connections from the comfort of your own home.

RootsTech 2024 is just around the corner, promising an unforgettable experience for genealogy enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you’re attending in-person or from home for the RootsTech virtual experience, there’s something for everyone at this premier event. If you’re joining us in-person, be sure to check out our blog dedicated to the RootsTech in-person experience.

For those opting for the virtual experience, read on to learn how to make the most of RootsTech from the comfort of your own home.


The RootsTech 2024 App

Download the RootsTech 2024 App and Connect With FamilyTreeDNA Virtually

Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of genealogy with the RootsTech app. Available for download on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, the app allows you to access all the conference has to offer right at your fingertips. Perfect for attending in-person or virtually, the app provides a seamless experience for navigating sessions, connecting with fellow attendees, and exploring exhibitor booths.

The RootsTech 2024 On-Demand Library

Explore the world of genealogy with the RootsTech on-demand library. Featuring videos from previous years and all of the sessions from RootsTech 2024, the library offers a diverse selection of topics to explore. You can explore over 1,500 sessions on 185 topics in over 30 languages.

Accessing the On-Demand Library

Not sure how to access the on-demand library? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Visit and click on “Watch Videos” in the top right corner. From there, a drop down menu will appear. Click on “Browse the Library”.

Accessing the RootsTech On-Demand Library is easy. Click on Watch Videos in the top right corner, and then Browse the Library (2)

Browse a Large Selection of Topics in the On-Demand Library

With a plethora of topics to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Thankfully, the RootsTech catalog highlights the top themes, including DNA research, beginner’s guides, and the latest innovations from conference sponsors.

There are also sections dedicated to popular sessions from RootsTech 2023 and regional pages for:

    • Africa
    • Pacific
    • Phillippines
    • South Asia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Middle East and North Africa

Creating Playlists for RootsTech 2024

Once you’ve found a few sessions that you’re interested in, you can create personalized playlists and tailor your RootsTech experience to suit your interests. By curating your own lineup of sessions and workshops, you can ensure that you make the most of your time at the conference.

To build your playlists, simply select the plus button either in the bottom right corner of the session from the library homepage, or from the session description page you can select “+ Playlists” to add to your playlists. We will see a default “Watch Later” playlist has already been added.

This year, you can create multiple playlists based on the different topics you’re interested in. Start building your playlists now and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the world of genealogy.

Create multiple playlists during RootsTech 2024 to keep all your sessions organized

On-Demand Sessions from FamilyTreeDNA to Add to Your Playlist

FamilyTreeDNA has you covered with our on-demand sessions. Explore a wide range of topics at your own pace and discover valuable insights into your family history.

Using the Family Matching Tool at FamilyTreeDNA

Presenter: Martin McDowell
Discover how you can get more out of your Family Finder matches and break brick walls through the Family Matching Tool.


Which Test Is Right For You?

Presenter: Janine Cloud
Determine which type of DNA test is the right one to help you break your brick walls and discover more about your ancestors.


Finding Birth Family

Presenter: Rob Warthen
Learn some new tips and tricks for finding your birth family with FamilyTreeDNA.


Live Online Sessions from FamilyTreeDNA to Add to Your Playlist

When planning your three-day virtual conference, make sure to include these live sessions on your schedule.

Boost Your Genealogy With Haplogroup Insights From FamilyTreeDNA’s Time Tree

Presenter: Jim Brewster
FamilyTreeDNA’s Time Tree provides a chart of your haplogroup stretching from ancient times to the modern day, including branches related to yours. Learn how the Time Tree was developed, and discover how you can use Time Tree to boost your genealogy.

Thursday, February 29 at 8:00 MST


Genealogy’s Secret Weapon: How mtDNA Can Solve Family Mysteries

Presenter: Katy Rowe-Schurwanz
Mitochondrial DNA has historically been deemed unhelpful for genealogy, but this test can help break brick walls and solve family mysteries where traditional records can’t. Learn how to maximize your results and get a look at new mtDNA features and tools that will help you discover even more, including the new Mitotree update in 2024.

Thursday, February 29 at 3:00 MST


The RootsTech Expo Hall

Step into the virtual expo hall and explore a world of genealogy resources, products, and services. From exhibitor booths to interactive displays, there’s something for everyone to discover at the RootsTech Expo Hall.

Explore the Virtual Expo Hall during RootsTech 2024 and explore booths from different sponsors and exhibitors

The FamilyTreeDNA Virtual Booth

Join us at the FamilyTreeDNA virtual booth and uncover exclusive insights into your family history. From product demos to expert tips and tricks, our booth is your one-stop destination for all things genealogy.

Check out the FamilyTreeDNA Virtual Booth at RootsTech 2024

Product Demos From FamilyTreeDNA

Discover our latest products and services with live product demos. Learn how to unlock the full potential of your DNA results and uncover hidden connections in your family tree

Walk in Your Ancestors’ Footprints with Globetrekker

Presenter: Katy Rowe-Schurwanz
Through Y-DNA testing and FamilyTreeDNA Discover, uncover 200,000 years of your father’s story.


Discover More About Your Father’s Line

Presenter: Katy Rowe-Schurwanz
Through Y-DNA testing and FamilyTreeDNA Discover, uncover 200,000 years of your father’s story.


Take a Virtual Tour Inside the Gene by Gene Lab

Presenter: Linda Ward
Step behind the scenes and get a look at how your DNA sample travels through FamilyTreeDNA’s lab!


How to Become a Group Project Administrator with FamilyTreeDNA

Presenter: Jim Brewster
Genealogy is a team sport! Learn how Group Projects help your research, how to find and join projects, and how to create your own.


Tips and Tricks For Genealogy Research With FamilyTreeDNA

Get insider tips and tricks from our team of experts. From optimizing your DNA testing experience to maximizing your research efforts, our tips and tricks will help you take your genealogy journey to the next level.

How to Use Earliest Known Ancestor Updates to Improve Your Genealogy Research

Presenter: Katy Rowe-Schurwanz
Combine the power of DNA with traditional genealogy research to get the most out of your results!


Tracing Your Heritage With DNA: Jewish and African American Lineages

Presenter: Rachel Unkefer and Sherman McRae
Discover top tips and tricks for researching your Jewish and African American lineages with FamilyTreeDNA.


Tracing Your Heritage with DNA: Latin American and Native American Lineages

Presenter: Miguel Vilar and Janine Cloud
Discover tips and tricks for researching your Latin American and Native American lineages with FamilyTreeDNA


Save Your DNA Record For Future Generations

Presenter: Katy Rowe-Schurwanz
Your DNA test results are a genealogical record. Make sure they’re available for future generations by updating some important Account Settings.


Product Promotions Exclusive For RootsTech Attendees

Our virtual booth will also be home to product promotions only available to RootsTech attendees! And, since the virtual experience is completely free, make sure you register!

Chat With FamilyTreeDNA During RootsTech 2024

Connect with us and fellow attendees through the RootsTech chat feature. Our team of internal employees and volunteer group project administrators will be on hand to answer your questions, provide support, and help you make the most of your RootsTech experience.

The chat feature can be found in the top right corner next to the menu button.

Chat with FamilyTreeDNA during RootsTech 2024

Chatting with us is available in multiple ways:

  • The FamilyTreeDNA Virtual Booth
  • FamilyTreeDNA Live Sessions
  • FamilyTreeDNA On-demand sessions
  • FamilyTreeDNA Product Demos and Tips/Tricks

While there is a chat room available for each video from previous years, we cannot promise any of our chat volunteers will be monitoring those rooms during the conference. For any questions, the best place to reach us will be through our virtual booth chat room.

Come hang out with us virtually and join the conversation!

Relatives at RootsTech

Unlock the power of DNA with Relatives at RootsTech. This innovative feature allows you to connect with relatives and explore shared ancestry, helping you uncover new branches of your family tree.

Join Relatives at RootsTech and get the most out of your experience at RootsTech 2024

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey through the world of genealogy at RootsTech 2024. Whether you’re attending in-person or virtually,

FamilyTreeDNA is here to help you make the most of this exciting event. Join us as we celebrate our shared heritage and discover the stories that connect us all.

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About the Author

Courtney Eberhard

Marketing Coordinator at FamilyTreeDNA

Courtney Eberhard, the Marketing Coordinator at FamilyTreeDNA, is driven by a profound passion for genealogy, fueled by her personal journey as an adoptee with roots in the LDS church. Through research with FamilyTreeDNA, she has also been able to uncover her husband’s indigenous roots in Mexico and provide context for his origins.

In her spare time, she finds joy in connecting with her family and friends during cookouts, cheering for the Houston Astros, and cherishing her role as a dedicated full-time parent.