RootsTech London postponed to 2021 due to coronavirus

By Rosemary Collins, 16 March 2020 - 9:59am

FamilySearch said it took the decision to safeguard the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors and speakers

RootsTech London
Nearly 10,000 family historians attended RootsTech London 2019 (Credit: RootsTech)

RootsTech has announced that the London show will not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The family history show has been postponed until the autumn of 2021.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, said: “The health and safety of all RootsTech London attendees, exhibitors, and speakers is our highest priority.”

RootsTech London 2020 was due to take place from 5 to 7 November at London’s ExCeL centre.

The London event, RootsTech's first European show, launched in October 2019 and was attended by 9,727 family historians from 42 countries.

FamilySearch will refund all bookings.

The next RootsTech Salt Lake City is still due to take place on 3 to 6 February 2021.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs RootsTech and FamilySearch, has suspended all worship services.

Meanwhile, Family Tree Live, which is due to take place on 17 and 18 April in London’s Alexandra Palace, issued a statement saying: “Please be assured we have been working extensively with Alexandra Palace to review our protocols and processes ahead of the upcoming show.

“We continue to closely monitor government guidelines and should they advise event cancellations we will organise transfers or refunds for both traders & visitors.

“In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you.”

Dorset Family History Society has also announced that it is cancelling its planned Family History Day on 21 March because of the outbreak.

Wolverhampton Council has cancelled a planned Family Tree Day on 20 March.

Coronavirus, which causes the illness COVID-19, has killed more than 6,500 people worldwide.

Older people and people with compromised immune systems and underlying health conditions are more vulnerable to the illness.

The NHS advises individuals with a high temperature or a new, continuous cough to stay at home for seven days to minimise the spread of the virus.

 

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