Free Family History Training Offered for Members and Youth

  • 10 March 2013

The Family History Department is offering several free sessions and activities specifically for Church members and youth on Saturday, March 23, in the Salt Palace Conference Center in Salt Lake City, in conjunction with the RootsTech Conference March 21–23.

Several opportunities are available to learn more about family history in conjunction with the RootsTech family history and technology conference on March 21–23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about RootsTech 2013 or to register for the conference, go to the www.rootstech.org.

Not Able to Attend RootsTech in Person?

The following “Best of RootsTech” sessions will be streamed live online all three days of the RootsTech conference at www.rootstech.org.

Thursday, March 21

8:30 Keynote—Dennis Brimhall, Syd Lieberman, Josh Taylor

11:00 The Future of Genealogy—Thomas MacEntee and panel

1:45 Tell it Again (Story@Home)—Kim Weitkamp

3:00 The Genealogists Gadget Bag—Jill Ball and panel

4:15 Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web —James Tanner

Friday, March 22

8:30 Keynote—Jyl Pattee and Tim Sullivan

9:45 Researching Ancestors Online—Laura Prescott

11:00 FamilySearch Family Tree—Ron Tanner

1:45 Google Search… and Beyond —Dave Barney

3:00 From Paper Piles to Digital Files—Valerie Elkins

Saturday, March 23

8:30 Keynote—David Pogue and Gilad Japhet

9:45 Using Technology to Solve Research Problems—Karen Clifford

11:00 Digital Storytelling: More than Bullet Points—Denise Olson

These are just 13 of more than 250 classes available at the conference.

Two training sessions specifically for family history consultants will be streamed live at lds.org/familyhistorycallings.

Saturday, March 23
12:40 Hearts, then Charts
1:45 Secrets of Success

Attend Free RootsTech Sessions for Members and Leaders

The Church’s Family History Department is offering several free sessions and activities specifically for Church members and youth on Saturday, March 23, in conjunction with the RootsTech Conference.

Free training sessions for members with family history-related callings such as family history consultants as well as other priesthood and auxiliary leaders will be available.

Three General Authorities will join with Family History Department staff to teach sessions. Elder Allen F. Packer of the Seventy will give an address at a 9:45 a.m. devotional on Saturday, March 23, followed by addresses from Elder Paul E. Koelliker and Elder Bradley D. Foster of the Seventy on the role of family history in the work of salvation. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at new features on FamilySearch.org.

Register for the free training at www.rootstech.org/FHcallings (separate registration is required for both the free training and the RootsTech Conference).

Free Classes and Activities for Youth and Youth Leaders

On Saturday, March 23, youth ages 11–18 are invited to participate in a number of classes and activities at the Salt Palace Convention Center, including a Geneaology Merit Badge and Personal Progress Booth, a class by popular EFY speaker Ryan Sharp, and a youth panel discussion.

David L. Beck, Young Men general president, will speak to youth leaders about how family history work can bless the lives of youth. That evening, Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president, will be the speaker at a special devotional for youth at 6:00 p.m. in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall 2. See www.rootstech.org/youth for more details and to register.