A bestselling author/motivational speaker, a celebrated female golfer, an Italian musician and a prominent genealogist will be among the keynote speakers headlining RootsTech Connect 2021 early next year.

FamilySearch announced its first wave of keynote speakers for its 2021 conference on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. | FamilySearch

FamilySearch International announced the first wave of keynote speakers coming to RootsTech — the largest family history and technology conference in the world — on Thursday from Salt Lake City. The list includes:

  • Nick Vujicic, an international motivational speaker and bestselling author from Australia who was born without arms or legs.
  • Lorena Ochoa, a former top-ranked LPGA golfer from Mexico, considered to be the best Latin American female player of her time.
  • Francesco Lotoro, an Italian pianist, composer and collector of music composed in captivity during the Holocaust.
  • Sharon Leslie Morgan, author and genealogist dedicated to African American genealogical research.

“Knowing your past is very important to understand who you are,” Ochoa said in a FamilySearch statement. “The work that FamilySearch and RootsTech Connect does is incredible. I know more about my story than I would have ever imagined.”

Family history can have a unifying effect on people, Morgan said.

“I believe genealogy is a tool for healing from America’s egregious past and a shining light on a pathway toward a society that embraces equality and justice for all,” Morgan said. “RootsTech Connect 2021 is an unparalleled opportunity to celebrate humanity in all of its colors, cultures, and creeds.”

RootsTech Connect, scheduled for Feb. 25-27, will be a free online event.

“The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide,” Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO, said in statement last September. “A virtual event also allows us to expand our planning to truly make this a global celebration of family and connection.” 

For more on RootsTech and registration information, visit RootsTech.org.

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