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BYU hosts 45th annual Conference on Family History and Genealogy July 30-Aug. 2

The 45th annual Brigham Young University Conference on Family History and Genealogy will take place Tuesday through Friday, July 30-Aug. 2, at the BYU Conference Center, located at 770 E. University Parkway, Provo.

Online registration is available at ce.byu.edu/cw/cwgen/. The conference offers 160 classes for family historians of all skill levels. 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, popular 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, FS Family Tree and more. Youth are encouraged to attend the free youth program on Tuesday, July 30, to learn how to get involved in family history and genealogy.

Some examples of classes include “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 will exhibit their newest products and services, including RootsMagic, Ancestry.com, LifeStory Productions, Legacy Family Tree, FamilySearch and RearchTies.

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, (801) 422-4853.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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