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April 7, 2010

Conference on Computerized Genealogy and Family History at Salt Palace

Here's another interesting Press Release from BYU Conferences and Workshops. Wish I were going!
News Release
Contact: John Best, 801-422-2048

Conference on Computerized Genealogy and Family History at Salt Palace

One of the largest gatherings of family history experts in the world will take place in Salt Lake City during the last week of this month. The 13th Annual Conference on Computerized Genealogy and Family History, traditionally held at Brigham Young University in Provo in March, will take place at the Salt Palace on April 26 and 27, immediately followed by the four-day Annual Conference (April 28-May 1) of the National Genealogical Society, also at the Salt Palace. The conferences are designed to be how-to guides for beginning, intermediate and advanced researchers.

This is an exceptional opportunity for those with an interest in family history, an interest that already is booming due to the NBC TV show, “Who Do You Think You Are?” The experts at the Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU, will teach how to get started in family history research as well as how to make research faster, easier and more effective by using new computer technologies. Anyone with an interest in genealogy is invited to attend.

The two-day conference includes more than 50 classes to help participants learn about advances in computer programs, research techniques, managing genealogy databases, using New FamilySearch, publishing family histories, research methodology, digital photography, using social networking sites to do family history research, research in other countries, and using U.S. records to find ancestors. Vendors also will demonstrate how to use their programs.

Keynote presenter for the conference will be David Rencher, director of the Records and Information Division of the Family and Church History Department of the LDS Church. He has served as director of the Family History Library and has been a leader in providing records of value to family research, including acquiring the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) and making it available to genealogists. Other main presenters include Alan Mann of FamilySearch Community Services for the LDS Church, Kory Meyerink, adjunct religion and family history professor for BYU and vice president of ProGenealogists, and Rick Crume, an author and family history presenter. In addition, representatives from the Family and Church History Department of the LDS Church will discuss how to effectively use the Church’s family history programs.

The two-day conference is sponsored by the Family History Department of the LDS Church, FamilySearch, the BYU History Department, the BYU Center for Family History and BYU’s Division of Continuing Education. More information can be found at

For pricing or additional program or registration information, contact:

BYU Conferences and Workshops
115 Harman Continuing Education Building Provo, UT 84602-1516

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