Wednesday, June 09, 2010

BYU Conference: 27-30 July 2010

From: Allison Ricks
Hi! I've been following your blog and love it! I just wanted for you to be aware of an upcoming genealogy conference Brigham Young University will be hosting, July 27-30, 2010.

Theme: “Strengthening Ties That Bind
Families Together Forever”

The 42nd annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 27-30, 2010 at the BYU Conference Center, 770 E. University Parkway, Provo, Utah.

The conference will offer more than 100 classes, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information. Class topics include:
  • Beginning Family History
  • FamilySearch
  • Writing the Narrative Family History
  • Using Computers, Internet and Technology
  • Basic Research Methodologies
  • Using the BYU Harold B. Lee Library
  • Research in the United States and Canada
  • Colonial America
  • International Research
  • Methodology
  • British Research
  • Tips for Professional Genealogists

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander – “It Is More than About Names”
Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander served a mission to Finland as a young man and presided over the Austria Vienna East Mission from 1987–1991. Prior to his call as a General Authority, he was responsible for the acquisition of genealogical sources throughout Eastern Europe. He was granted emeritus status at the October 2009 General Conference.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Curt B. Witcher – “This I Believe: The Urgent Need to Record Living History”
Curt B. Witcher is the manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the current as well as founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Daniel C. Lawyer – “The Future of FamilySearch (Something Big is Coming Soon)”
Daniel C. Lawyer is a senior product manager for FamilySearch, where he develops the Web site; the integration of new FamilySearch; Record Search, and Research Wiki, Forums.

The conference will offer the following unique tracks:
Basic Research, Beginner, British Isles, Canada, Computers & Technology, FamilySearch Methodology, ICAPGen, International, Methodology, Scandinavian, U.S. Research, U.S. States, and Writing Family History.


Conference participants can register for credit (2 credits of History 481R–Family History Directed Research; cost $440) or noncredit (cost $175). To register, please visit

Limited on-campus housing is available. For more information call 801-422-4853, or visit

Comments from 2009 conference participants
“This conference exceeded my expectations. I feel that I can better see the hand of the Lord in this all, and better view new things on the horizon. You seemed to have thought of everything. It’s these little details that show much work went into preparation. I felt very privileged and blessed to be able to attend—I will be back next year.”

“All the presenters were very well prepared for the area they taught; they had great answers to the difficult questions. You could not have a more knowledgeable group of instructors that were uplifting and accessible.”

“This conference week provided great ways to motivate ‘ordinary members’ to work on family history. I have come away feeling ‘buoyed up’ and feeling I can move ahead.”

“This week was great all the way—it was long and pretty intense, but well worth my time. I got a lot of information in a short amount of time. Now I just need to figure out how a person (myself) can be in two or more places at the same time!”

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