Re­sources avail­able for be­gin­ning fam­ily his­to­ri­ans

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Ginny Ack­er­son

Areyou think­ing of ex­plor­ing your fam­ily his­tory but don’t know where to start? No wor­ries. There are many re­sources avail­able to you. There are fam­ily his­tory cen­ters where you can go to use the com­put­ers and get per­sonal help. South­ern Utah County lo­ca­tions in­clude Springville, Span­ish Fork, Maple­ton and Payson.

Fam­i­lySearch has mul­ti­ple free we­bi­nars on get­ting started and also on spe­cific re­search chal­lenges and sub­jects. Visit https:// fam­i­lysearch. org/ ask/ get­tingS­tarted to find great in­for­ma­tion and step-by- step in­struc­tions to help you be­gin your jour­ney through time. In the top right cor­ner of the page is a tab la­beled “Get Help.” When you click on it, you will see th­ese choices: Help Cen­ter, Get­ting Started, Con­tact Us, Learn­ing Cen­ter, Re­search Wiki and What’s New. Click­ing on Con­tact Us will show you the clos­est fam­ily his­tory cen­ters to you where you can get free help. On the same page, you can email fam­ily his­tory ques­tions to ex­perts in Salt Lake, chat live with a per­son about your fam­ily or call and speak with some­one who can help you.

There is also the Wiki on Fam­i­lySearch that is a guide to re­search in spe­cific re­gions and is or­ga­nized by coun­try, state or prov­ince, county and mu­nic­i­pal­ity. If you want to know what records are avail­able in a cer­tain time and place, type the place in the search bar and ex­plore what is there. This free in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at https://fam­i­lysearch.org/wiki/en/Main_ Page.

The Utah Ge­nealog­i­cal So­ci­ety spon­sors free monthly we­bi­nars on many fam­ily his­tory sub­jects. The next one is “Dis­cov­er­ing ‘The Fam­ily His­tory Guide’” by James Tan­ner on Thurs­day, April 20, at 7 p.m. Go to ugavir­tu­alchap­ter@gmail.com to reg­is­ter.

Brigham Young Univer­sity has free classes on a va­ri­ety of ge­nealog­i­cal sub­jects on the sec­ond and fourth Sun­days of the month start­ing at 3 p.m. in the Fam­ily His­tory Cen­ter lo­cated on the sec­ond floor of the Harold B. Lee Li­brary. There are also we­bi­nars and YouTube classes avail­able at https://sites.lib.byu.edu/fam­i­ly­his­tory/classes-and-we­bi­nars/.

Most stakes have an­nual Fam­ily Dis­cov­ery Days that are free and open to the pub­lic. There are classes and some­times per­sonal con­sul­ta­tions are of­fered.

Ge­nealog­i­cal con­fer­ences are also a good place to learn. The South Davis Fam­ily His­tory Fair on April 22 has a be­gin­ner’s track and more than 75 classes in­clud­ing some for more ad­vanced re­searchers and re­gion-spe­cific classes for those with fam­ily in Ger­many, Scan­di­navia, Eng­land or Ireland. To reg­is­ter, go to fair.uga­ge­neal­ogy.org.

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