Educational opportunities are widely available for aspiring genealogists
The ever-growing digital world is making family history so much more accessible. One way the electronic age contributes is by providing education for genealogists on all subjects and areas of research. We are extraordinarily lucky here in Utah to be near many of the organizations that are on the cutting edge of this educational tidal wave.
At the main library in downtown Salt Lake City, there are many websites that can be accessed for free. They also sponsor daily classes and monthly seminars, especially for countries like Denmark, Germany, England, etc. For more information, visit https://familysearch.org/locations/library_class_schedule.
FamilySearch, https://familysearch. org, has over 4 billion names available at their site with thousands of names added daily through the indexing program. They also have classes, tutorials and YouTube instructions for family history at all levels of experience at the following websites: https:// familysearch. org/ learningcenter/ home.html; https://familysearch.org/ ask/#/; and www.youtube.com/user/FamilySearch#p/p.
Brigham Young University has a huge Family History Center which provides a yearly conference in July and free classes on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. For more information, visit http://sites.lib.byu.edu/familyhistory/sunday
BYU also has free online genealogy clsses at http://is.byu.edu/site/courses/ free.cfm.
Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) meets monthly in Provo on the second Saturday and offers several free classes and a newsletter with great tips on research and technology for the genealogist. For more information, visit http://uvtagg.org/.
The Riverton FamilySearch Library has daily classes and monthly seminars which are held on the third Saturday. They have many computers and the same databases as the FHL and have lots of knowledgeable people to help you. For more information, visit https://familysearch.org/ learn/wiki/en/Riverton_FamilySearch_Library.
Several major institutes of genealogy and other genealogical societies come to Utah for their conferences. The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is one and offers an intense week-long course of study in January taught by the leaders and experts in the field. There are many different subjects offered each year. For more information, visit http://ugagenealogy.org/aem. php?eid=16.
The largest genealogical and technological conference in the world, RootsTech, is offered annually in February in the Salt Palace. All the latest in genealogical technology is highlighted along with more than 220 classes on family history research. Members of the LDS Church are invited to attend Family Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
This free one- day event is full of inspirational messages, instructional classes, interactive activities and exciting entertainment to teach LDS members ( ages 8 and up) how to fi nd their ancestors, prepare names and take them to the temple, and teach others to do the same. For more information, visit https:// rootstech2016. smarteventscloud. com/ portal/ newreg. ww.
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