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Middle Eastern Presenters Featured at 2022 RootsTech Conference

Free virtual family history event to be held March 3-5, 2022

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to learn more about discovering their family history at the upcoming RootsTech conference. The world's largest family history conference will be virtual and free again this year. Over 1,500 workshops and training sessions will be offered March 3-5 and will be available to watch afterward on

RootsTech is offered by FamilySearch International, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The goal of FamilySearch is to assist people of all backgrounds to discover information about their families and to help them share their family histories with future generations. Novices in family history research along with experienced genealogists will find classes tailored to their personal needs and interests. 

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Several presentations will be of interest to those with Middle Eastern ancestry, including: 

  • Tania Khalaf: Reviving community and ancestry through film
  • Dr. Hassan Al Amri: Tracking the evolution of Arab Segmentary lineages
  • Jonathan McCollum: Using Ottoman records for family history research
  • Jonathan McCollum: Introducing Sijillat records from the Ottoman Empire and Iran
  • Elie T. Elias: Learning of the first Lebanese to migrate to the new world
  • Rose Feldman: Studying Jewish communities around the Mediterranean
  • Rose Feldman: Using the Montefiore censuses from the 19th century
  • Rose Feldman: Introducing the main archives in Israel

For free registration and to learn more about the virtual conference, including the full schedule of classes and events, see

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