BYU to host genealogy conference

Jul 19 2013 - 7:52pm

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PROVO -- The 45th annual Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be July 30 through Aug. 2, at the BYU Conference Center, 770 E. University Parkway.

Online registration is available at ce.byu.edu/cw/cwgen/.

The conference offers 160 classes for family historians of all skill levels, according to a news release from organizers. A complete schedule can be viewed at familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu.

Keynote speakers include Elder Allan F. Packer, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dennis C. Brimhall, managing director of the LDS Family History Department; and J. Mark Lowe, professional genealogist, lecturer and author.

The classes will cover a variety of categories and topics, including DNA research, accreditation training (ICAPGen), FamilySearch, international research, Google Genealogy, youth and genealogy, computers and technology, methodology, Ancestry.com, and FS Family Tree.

Youths are encouraged to attend the free youth program July 30, to learn how to get involved in family history and genealogy.

Some examples of classes are "A Whirlwind Tour of FamilySearch Resources," "Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com," "Genealogy in the Cloud" and "Using Your Digital Camera to Copy Records."

There will also be international classes on German, Scandinavian, British Isles, Scottish, English/Welsh and Irish research.

At the conference, industry exhibitors from throughout the United States, including RootsMagic, Ancestry.com, LifeStory Productions, Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch and ResearchTies, will exhibit their newest products and services.

GenealogyWallCharts.com and Family Chart Masters are offering conference attendees a free black-and-white fan chart of their family tree. To take advantage of this offer, order the chart online at familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu and pick it up at the conference at no charge.

For more information about the conference, such as registration fees, housing and parking, visit familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu or call BYU Conferences and Workshops at 801-422-4853.

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