Meet the Speakers

Maureen Taylor

Maureen Taylor

Known as the Photo Detective, Maureen is an internationally known expert in photo identification, photo preservation and family history. She knows how to find the family history in your photographs.

Ken Hess

Ken Hess

Ken Hess was inspired by his mother, the family genealogist, to create Family Tree Maker. That was 30 years ago in 1989. His book Bootstrap tells in riveting detail how Family Tree Maker was created and became the best selling family history software of all time.

Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence and the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist. He frequently gives presentations and webinars about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

FTM User Groups Reception

Please join us for hot snacks and cold drinks at 4PM in our Village meeting space inside our booth (entrance at the booth store). Special guest Ken Hess will give an insiders talk just to our user group members about the creation of Family Tree Maker thirty years ago by his company, Banner Blue.
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Learn About Family Tree Maker

Visit with any of these presenters to learn more about Family Tree Maker:

Duff Wilson

Meet Duff Wilson

Duff Wilson is known in our circles as the "Father of Modern Family Tree Maker," having designed every new Ancestry edition of the product for more than a decade. Duff is presenting two conference sessions at RootsTech again this year – on Thursday and Friday.

Getting the Most Out of the NEW Family Tree Maker

Thu, Feb 27, 9:30 AM, Room 255C

FamilySearch & Family Tree Maker – The Road Ahead

Fri, Feb 28, 9:30 AM, Room 255C

Meet Plug-in Authors

Stefan Harms

Stefan Harms

Using his background in applied computer science Stefan has created Family Book Creator, the first Family Tree Maker plug-in. He started using Family Tree Maker in 1999 and now has 16 years of experience in genealogy.

Pierre Clouthier

Pierre Clouthier

Pierre founded Progeny in 1995 and has been helping people tell the story of their family. He has been working in genealogy since 1972 when his grandfather gave him a copy of the family tree. Pierre has been programming since 1965, and loves the graphical display of information.

Family Discovery Day

Family Discovery Day, which will be held on Saturday, February 29th, is a day when the conference will be free to the public. There will be a special Family Discovery Day general session, specific class sessions geared towards children and families, and fun activities in the Expo Hall and around the convention center.

If you're up for a trip to Salt Lake City, please join us (for FREE!) for special "insider" sessions in our forty-seat booth theater in the Expo Hall on Saturday.

Expo Specials

Family Tree Maker will be on sale for up to $50 off its regular price, so you can purchase our new 30th Anniversary Edition, FTM 2019 with the best prices on earth. We will also have discounts on Charting Companion 7 which will help you integrate your DNA test results into your family history research, and Family Book Creator which will help you create a professional quality printed book about your unique family story.

FGS 2019 50-off