NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at NGS. Please address inquires through the website mentioned below. See you in Salt Lake City!
NGS 2010 FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE - OPENING SESSION
The National Genealogical Society's 32nd Family History Conference, "Follow Your Ancestral Trail," will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 28 April to 1 May 2010.
Register for the conference today! The early-bird registration discount ends on Monday, 8 March 2010. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on CD.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join.
The opening session at this year's conference will be held on Wednesday morning, 28 April 2010, at 8:00 AM. The keynote address is the premier of a video tour that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world-famous Granite Mountain Records Vault. FamilySearch stores microfilmed and digital genealogical information at this archival facility located in the mountains outside Salt Lake City. This secure facility was designed to protect the collection of genealogical records from decay, natural disasters, and manmade calamities. The vault includes 65,000 square feet of space carved 700 feet into the side of a solid granite mountain. The climate in the facility is carefully controlled to maintain optimal storage conditions for the records, which represent 100 countries and 170 different languages. The Granite Mountain Records Vault currently stores approximately 3.5 billion images on 2.4 million rolls of microfilm, plus nearly a petabyte of digital data. And there is still room for growth as FamilySearch continues to preserve and share the records of the world. The vault is not open to the public, so conference attendees will be treated to something they cannot see in person.
Following the video, Jay L. Verkler, president and CEO of FamilySearch and managing director of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will continue the tour with an exploration of trends and resources that will enable these and other records to be viewed worldwide.
All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, which is located right next door to the Family History Library. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.
Registration details and the conference program can be found online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/attendee_registration.