FREE British Isles Research Seminar, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch is offering an amazing opportunity - to attend a British Isles Research Seminar, in person OR online, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch Offering a FREE British Isles Research Seminar that you can attend in-person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City OR online! This event will take place starting Monday, March 13th and run through Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Click here to the FamilySearch Wiki article on this event or click here to download the PDF brochure. Both links contain information on how to sign up for the seminar.

Class Descriptions and Schedule

Note: all times shown are Mountain Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -6)

Presenter Bios

  • Phil Dunn, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist in England and Scotland research with nearly 35 years professional experience in genealogical research methodology and is an experienced missing persons locator/heir-tracer, formerly for two major UK corporations and, more recently with a local law firm. The son of English parentage, he has lived, studied and lectured in the UK, Ireland, U.S. and Canada, and is a specialist in especially London and ‘Home’ (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, England’s big cities, ‘Brickwall’ 17th Century emigration, the West Midland counties, military, Nonconformist, (esp. Roman Catholic, Huguenots, Germanic churches, etc) British subjects abroad, maximizing users’ experience in the FamilySearch search engine.
  • Craig Foster, AG® has had an interest in history and genealogy since his youth. He earned two Master’s degrees at Brigham Young University and has worked at the Family History Library since 1991. He has worked as a British cataloger; in the VIP Services (formerly Library Public Affairs) Unit; and, since 2011, as a Research Specialist in British Reference. While Craig loves pretty much all British family history research, he has a particular interest in Scotland and Ireland. He is also very interested in and has researched and written about marriage practices and age at first marriage, generational family relationships, and naming patterns. Craig and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of three children.
  • Mark Gardner, AG® was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been a professional genealogist since November, 1982. Most of this time has been in the Family History Library assisting individuals locate their ancestors. His love for Genealogy came from his Father who instilled in him at a young age the importance of Genealogical Research.  His trips to The British Isles in 1974 and 1976 gave him a sense of the how important History is to the British. Research Trips to the British Isles in 1986, 2008, 2011, 2012 and Australia & New Zealand in 1990 were a very helpful experience.  He is currently a staff member of the British Reference/Research Unit since June, 2000 at the Family History Library. He has a great understanding of the British Isles Collection housed in the Family History Library and also online genealogical records.
  • Joni Kesler, AG® has been with the Family History Library for 30 years. She has worked in the United States, British, Hosting and VIP units. She currently works as a Research Specialist assigned to the Outreach and Discovery Team. Joni enjoys reading and spending time with her family of four daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson.
  • Todd Knowles, AG® is an accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. For the past 15 years he has been a member of the reference staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Todd has lectured all over the world and his articles have been widely published. In own genealogical search began at the age of twelve and the desire to find more about his family grows every day. His quest to find more about his GGGrandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2017) contains the records of over 1,400,000 people. Todd also authors a blog about the collection, knowlescollection.blogspot.com. Todd is married with seven children and 2 grandchildren.
  • David Rencher, AG®, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • Darris Williams, AG® has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a research community manager, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

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FREE European Family History Conference September 12-16, 2016

FamilySearch is offering a FREE European Family History Conference, in-person AND via webinar, September 12-16, 2016 - here's how you can attend!

Well, FamilySearch rocks it once again!  Last week we mentioned how they were sponsoring a FREE United States Research Seminar later this month . . . and now they are sponsoring a FREE European Family History conference that you can attend either in-person or via webinar!  There are over 20 classes to be held September 12-16, 2016 and most classes will be held at the Church History Museum Theater, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“Learn how to effectively use historical records and how to do research in several European countries. Explore such topics as census, church, immigration, and vital records. Learn more about German, Swiss, Russian, and Polish research. Discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.” Click here to read more at the FamilySearch Wiki!

Here is the official announcement below!

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The Family History Library and the research specialists of the European Reference team invite you to a free, never before offered, week-long conference focused exclusively on European research. The conference, which will be held September 12th-16th 2016, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of European localities, and Family History Library collections.

Come and spend a week at the world renowned Family History Library learning from our expert staff of genealogists as well as experienced guest genealogists. Learn how to effectively use historical records and how to do research in several European countries. Explore such topics as census, church, immigration, and vital records. Learn more about German, Swiss, Russian, and Polish research. Discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.

Most classes will be held at the Church History Museum Theater with the exception of the lab classes, which will be taught at the Family History Library in the B1 Lab. 

Seating in the Church History Museum Theater is limited to 190 participants, so be sure to register early to secure a spot. All classes will also be offered via webinar.     

  • Registration begins 1 Aug. 2016.To register for the free conference, visit the Eventbrite registration site at this link if you plan to personally attend in-house: http://bit.ly/29teGka.
  • For those attending by way of webinar, please use the following registration link. http://bit.ly/29vC93P. 500 spots are available.

26 seats will be available for in-person labs which will all be held in the Family History Library B1 LAB. 100 spots available for webinar labs.

A syllabus will be provided that can be downloaded from the FamilySearch Wiki.  Here is the Link: https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/2016_European_Family_History_Conference.

We hope this conference will not only be informative and instructive, but that it will also encourage and inspire you to continue your family history research. Perhaps this will be just what you need to break through that 20-year-old brick wall research problem. We look forward to working with you!

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FREE United States Research Seminar August 22-26, 2016

FamilySearch is offering a FREE United States Research Seminar, in-person AND via webinar, August 22=26, 2016 - here's how you can attend!

Now this is pretty amazing – a FREE genealogy week long seminar that you can attend either in-person or via webinar!  There are over 25 classes in the upcoming United States Research Seminar to be held August 22-26, 2016 at the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Classes Include: New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Gulf South, Midwest, Great Plains, Pacific, and Mountain West Regions, U.S. Topics, FamilySearch classes and lunch time research activities.  Click here to download the PDF brochure and read below for the official announcement!

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The Family History Library’s Research Specialists invite you to their free week-long United States Seminar. The seminar, which will be held August 22nd – 26th, 2016, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about U.S. regions and records, FamilySearch resources, and Family History Library collections.

Come and spend a week at the world renowned Family History Library learning from our expert staff genealogists on how to effectively use the FamilySearch Catalog, Historical Records, Research Wiki and more. This year various regions of the United States will be explored. Learn what records are unique and similar to each region. Discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.

In house seating is limited to 120 attendees and this year all classes will be held as webinars except for the hands on activities. We ask that all participants register for the seminar.

If you are attending in person please visit the following link to register: http://bit.ly/29yftnL*

If you are attending by webinar please visit the follow-ing link to register: http://bit.ly/29SVbmz*

Each in house participant will be provided a free spiral-bound syllabus containing all of the class handouts and materials. Those attending by webinar will be able to print the handouts at their home.

We hope this seminar will not only be informative and instructive, but that it will also encourage and inspire you to continue your family history research. Perhaps this seminar will be just what you need to break through that 20 year old brick wall research problem. We look forward to working with you!

*We will use Eventbrite to process your registration. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy policy located at http://www.eventbrite.com/privacypolicy.