Annual Family History and Genealogy Conference to Be Held at BYU

  • July 31–August 3, 2012
July 31–August 3, 2012

At the Family History and Genealogy Conference, participants can learn about family trees, FamilySearch, international research, and how to make their own family history websites.

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  • Brigham Young University will host the 44th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference from July 31 to August 3, 2012.
  • Call 1-877-221-6716 or visit familyhistoryconferences. for more information.

Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA, will host the 44th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference, which will include more than 130 classes and a new hands-on workshop on how to build your own genealogy website. The conference will run from Tuesday through Friday, July 31 through August 3, at the BYU Conference Center.

The theme of the conference will be “Strengthening the ties that bind families together through family history.” Classes for family historians of all skill levels will be offered.

Noncredit registration for the four-day event, including a CD syllabus, is $180. Family history consultants will receive a $25 discount on general registration. The for-credit cost for the conference (including two credits of History 481R—Family History-Directed Research—and a CD syllabus) is $440. To register, call 1-877-221-6716 or visit

Richard E. Turley Jr., Assistant Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will give the opening keynote address on Tuesday. Under his direction, the Church’s Family History Department launched the popular website.

Wednesday’s keynote speaker will be John Titford from England, a writer, broadcaster, and genealogical consultant. The Thursday keynote speaker will be Rod DeGiulio, director of FamilySearch data operations.

Classes will be offered in a variety of categories and topics, including family trees, FamilySearch, international research, German research, youth and genealogy, priesthood leader support, computers and technology, and methodology.

The conference will feature a Family History Consultant track on Tuesday and Wednesday with classes designed for consultants in LDS family history centers.

Industry exhibitors from throughout the United States will show off their newest products and services.

Two hands-on workshops will be offered. “German Gothic Handwriting Workshop,” taught by Warren Bittner, will be held from 9:45 a.m. to noon on Tuesday. Participants will learn to decipher the German gothic handwriting used on many genealogical records in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia.

“Building a Genealogy Website,” offered on Tuesday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., will teach participants how to make their research available to the world by creating their own family history website using Google Sites. It will be taught by Rebecca Smith, Noel Coleman, and Hannah Allan.

For more information about the conference and a complete schedule, visit or call 801-422-4853.