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A handful of keynote speakers for the upcoming RootsTech 2022 family history conference have been announced by FamilySearch International. American actor Matthew Modine, Ghanaian boxing legend Samuel Azumah Nelson, French baker Apollonia Poilâne and Argentine singer Diego Torres are some of the featured speakers for the annual online event that will be held online March 3–5, 2022.

Matthew Modine

Aspiring actor Matthew Modine was working as a chef in a New York City restaurant frequented by the city’s elites when a chance encounter with a customer changed his life.

“I’d never seen any creature like her in my life, and I just fell in love at first sight,” he said of Caridad Rivera, now his wife of more than 40 years, whom he credits for giving him the confidence to become a successful actor.

Another chance encounter with FamilySearch International CEO Steve Rockwood led the star of films such as “Full Metal Jacket” and the Netflix hit series “Stranger Things” to an invitation to share his stories of human connection with the global RootsTech audience.

Modine will recount his life’s journey as a young boy in California and Utah, sharing his delightful discovery of how New York City is more of a homeland than an adopted home and the connections he has made along the way.

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