Ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties are widely avail­able for as­pir­ing ge­neal­o­gists

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ginny Ack­er­son

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.

Photo by Mitchel Hunter

Vet­er­ans were hon­ored at a Salem Hills High School football game on Sept. 11.

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