Family History Fair 2023

"Branch Out"

October 14, 2023

9:00am - 4:00pm

Registration has closed. Walk-in's are welcome based on space availability.
Local Genealogical Organizations will have booths and representatives present in the Cultural hall to answer your questions.

Come join us at our annual Family History Fair! Click Here to Download a flyer.

Registration will close on October 11 at 8:00 PM PST!


Lynn Turner AG®
Keynote speaker

"Family History’s Changing Landscape"

The way we go about doing our family history today is not the same as when our parents and grandparents did it. We will take a walk down memory lane and then look forward at some future technologies that will change our landscape again.

Lynn Turner is the new director of the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Turner was previously the assistant director of the Family History Library (FHL). He’s an Accredited Genealogist (AG®) in Spanish research. He has assume his new responsibilities as the director.

In 2004, Turner received his Bachelor of Arts in Genealogy and Family History from Brigham Young University and began his career at FamilySearch. As an intern, he began merging technology with genealogy, testing the scanning software being developed to digitize FamilySearch’s 2.4 million rolls of microfilms (See “FamilySearch Completes Digitization of Massive Microfilm Collection”). Shortly after his internship, Turner worked in FamilySearch Research Support, where he oversaw all outside correspondence for Spain and Latin America for the Family History Library. It was during this time that he and others began to develop the foundation of the FamilySearch Wiki, a rich genealogical resource guide online with over 100,000 articles.

Registration for the Family History Fair classes is closed. Walk-Ins are welcome. You will be able to attend any classes with space available. There will not be any childcare provided.

Click on each session to see the class description for the syllabus. Click on the Presenters Bios for their background.
There will not be any handouts provided at the Family History Fair. Print them before you come.

Session 1


Barbara Renick

A. Family Trees or Fairy Tales

When you look at your family tree online (or on paper) do you ever wonder how correct or complete it is? You should--especially online trees are open to changes by anyone no matter their experience level. In this class you will learn how to evaluate your tree for accuracy and completeness. As Ronald Regan said on several occasions: "Trust but verify!"
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Danielle Batson

B. FULL (Using the FamilySearch Wiki)
Zoom - FSC Classroom 112

Wiki, What is it and how to use it!
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, created and maintains the FamilySearch Research Wiki as a free, online genealogical guide. The wiki contains links to genealogy databases, websites, other resources, research strategies, and genealogical guidance to help in the search for your ancestors.Articles include articles for countries around the world and topic articles that include pertinent genealogy record types. The articles explain how to use the record, what it contains, and how to find it. We use MediaWiki software to house this information.
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Mike Brady

C. Beginning Hispanic Research
Young Women Room 125

This class will be an introduction to do research in Hispanic family history. It will cover records and resources. Those attending will leave with a basic knowledge of Hispanic names, places and records.
Inicio de la investigación hispana
Esta clase será una introducción a la investigación de la historia familiar hispana. Cubrirá registros y recursos. Los asistentes se llevarán con un conocimiento básico de nombres, lugares y registros hispanos.
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David Flint

D. Finding Your Ancestors in England
Relief Society Room

This program reviews the three main record groups you are likely to use for genealogy research in England: Census records, Civil Registration records and Church parish records. Each of these record types covers a different time period ranging from 1538 to the present, and each can provide key information about your ancestors in England. The program will compare the different types of records with illustrations of the content, historical context, and some websites to access them online. A printed handout with selected bibliography is provided.
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Glen Heiney

E. Oral History
Scouts Room 120

We will discuss the process of generating oral history with tips and live demonstration of the process. Use of audio and video recording and transcription.
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Arlene Eakle

F. Early Colonial Research
Primary Room