Salt Lake City Prepares for Week of Family History Celebration
SALT LAKE CITY — Family history will take center stage in Salt Lake City during the week of April 26, 2010, with four genealogy conferences taking place simultaneously. Over 200 genealogy workshops are scheduled through May 1, giving everyone from novices to advanced researchers access to unprecedented learning opportunities.
Conference organizers decided to offer attendees the rare chance to attend more than one of the conferences by conveniently holding them all in one week in Salt Lake City. The marquee event will be the National Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference. This premier conference is returning to Salt Lake City for only the second time in 25 years. Also scheduled for that week are BYU’s Conference on Computerized Family History and Genealogy, BYU’s Family History Technology Workshop, and FamilySearch’s Developers Conference for software developers.
A wide range of U.S. and international research topics will be covered and participants are encouraged to bring and work on their personal family research projects. Conferences will also feature technology sessions and exhibitors spotlighting technologies that offer solutions to genealogy challenges.
Another highlight of the week will be a free program, “A Celebration of Family History,” presented by David McCullough, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Free tickets will be available at www.lds.org starting March 23, 2010.
A variety of free events are scheduled throughout the week:
- Family History Consultant Training Seminar. Participants will receive the latest training at the LDS Conference Center Little Theater. Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Open admission. Limited seating.
- Family History Consultant Fireside. Elder Allan F. Packer of the First Quorum of the Seventy and an executive director of FamilySearch will address family history consultants in this special setting. Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. at the Tabernacle on Temple Square. Open admission. Limited seating.
- Church History Library Open House. LDS pioneer ancestry research assistance, along with fascinating demonstrations of state-of-the-art conservation methods for photographs, audio recordings, and books. Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Located at 15 East North Temple Street.
- FamilySearch and Genealogy Technology Exhibit Hall. Hundreds of vendors and product demonstrations starting Wednesday, April 28 through Saturday, May 1, at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Open admission.
- Mormon Tabernacle Choir with David McCullough and Henry B. Eyring. Do not miss this unique, multimedia tribute to family history and a mini concert. Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m., LDS Conference Center. Free tickets will be available online starting March 23 at LDS.org/events.
- Genealogy Kids Camp. Grades 4 through 12. Fun classes, games, storytelling. Also includes classes to help Boy Scouts achieve their Genealogy Merit Badge. Saturday, May 1, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Space is limited. Register early at NGSGenealogy.org.
- Free Research Consultation. The Family History Library hours are extended to 11:00 p.m. during the week. Extra staff will be available to provide personal research assistance. (Note: The library will close 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29, for the Family History Celebration performance at the LDS Conference Center).
More information, including how to register, is available at FamilySearch.org/ngs2010.
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FamilySearch Public Affairs Manager
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,500 family history centers in 70 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.