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42nd Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

42nd Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy

As genealogy conference season gets into full swing, here is information we’ve received on the upcoming 42nd Annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy which takes place July 27-30, 2010 in Provo, Utah.  This year’s theme is “Strengthening Ties That Bind Families Together Forever.”

The 42nd annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy will be held July 27-30, 2010 at the BYU Conference Center, 770 E. University Parkway, Provo, Utah.

The conference will offer more than 100 classes, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information. Class topics include Beginning Family History, FamilySearch, Writing the Narrative Family History, Using Computers, Internet and Technology, Basic Research Methodologies, Using the BYU Harold B. Lee Library, Research in the United States and Canada, Colonial America, International Research, Methodology, British Research, and Tips for Professional Genealogists.

Keynote Speakers

  • Tuesday, July 27, 2010
    Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander – “It Is More than About Names”

Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander served a mission to Finland as a young man and presided over the Austria Vienna East Mission from 1987–1991. Prior to his call as a General Authority, he was responsible for the acquisition of genealogical sources throughout Eastern Europe. He was granted emeritus status at the October 2009 General Conference.

  • Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    Curt B. Witcher – “This I Believe: The Urgent Need to Record Living History”

Curt B. Witcher is the manager of the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is a member of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association, a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society, and the current as well as founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society.

  • Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Daniel C. Lawyer – “The Future of FamilySearch (Something Big is Coming Soon)”

Daniel C. Lawyer is a senior product manager for FamilySearch, where he develops the Web site; the integration of new FamilySearch; Record Search, and Research Wiki, Forums.

The conference will offer the following unique tracks:

Basic Research, Beginner, British Isles, Canada, Computers & Technology, FamilySearch Methodology, ICAPGen, International, Methodology, Scandinavian, U.S. Research, U.S. States, and Writing Family History.


Conference participants can register for credit (2 credits of History 481R–Family History Directed Research; cost $440) or noncredit (cost $175). To register, please visit

Limited on-campus housing is available. For more information call 801-422-4853, or visit

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