If you happen to be able to be anywhere close to the Bountiful, Utah area on April 19 & 20, be sure to plan on joining us at the UGA Spring Conference – to be held at the Woods Cross High School. The event used to be called the South Davis Family History Fair, and was held in the Bountiful High School about 1/2 mile straight down the hill from where Patty and I live. However, UGA has taken over the event (which always draws huge crowds) and has moved it a couple miles to the Woods Cross High School. The Woods Cross facility is on one level, and it won’t be nearly so difficult as traversing the stairs of Bountiful High. Now – I’ll have to actually drive a couple miles instead of just letting the parking brake off and rolling into the Bountiful High parking area – but oh, well… It will be worth the extra drive.

Click here for more information and to register.

FRIDAY – April 19
A special program has been added this year – and that is the Friday, April 19 – 7:00 PM evening keynote address to be given by Denise Levenick, “The Family Curator.” Denise is a popular speaker, blogger, and author of “How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.”

Her lecture is titled “Treasures in the Attic: Every Keepsake Has a Story.” This evening presentation is FREE to the public!

SATURDAY – April 20
Saturday’s program starts at 8 am with a keynote address by my friend, David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. His presentation is titled “Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference!

The Saturday conference will have classes on many subjects relating to family history. Besides the lectures, there will be numerous family history vendors demonstrating, and marketing all kinds of genealogy products. As always, Family Roots Publishing will have a large booth – full of hundreds of genealogy books. We’ll also have the Flip-Pal mobile scanners on hand, along with their accessories. Note that I will be speaking on using the Flip-Pal mobile scanner at 2:15 to 3:15.

Registration (costs just $15) includes the syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all classes. A printed syllabus is available for a $20 registration fee. There is no preregistration for individual classes. They are all on a “first come, first seated” basis.

Following is the lineup of classes and speakers. Note that there are as many as 22 tracks going at one time! This is a world-class conference, and all for less than dinner at a local restaurant! So please plan on joining the fun.

SESSION 1: 9:15-10:15 AM

Topic – Presenter

How to Choose and Use Photos in a Personal/Family History Book – Tom & Alison Taylor
What’s New in German Research on the Internet? – Baerbel Johnson
Where in the World is Yg? How to Effectively Use Scandinavian Gazetteers – Ruth Maness
Top Websites for Doing Research at Home – Jennifer Hansen
Frugal Curator – Denise May Levenick
Canadian Online Research – Claire Brisson-Banks
Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists – Restore, Organize, Preserve and Share. – Geoff Rasmussen
A Survey of Midwest States Records – Ginny Ackerson
Bore Relatives With Your Family History? Learn Creative and Fun Ways to Pique Their Interest Through Use of Stories, Photos, Games, Blogs, Videos, and Sharing in the ‘Cloud – Jean Naisbitt
Composing and Printing a Family History – Marlo E. Schuldt
“What Does That Say?” A Guide To Reading The Scandinavian Gothic Handwriting – Naomi Newbold
Interview Like a Pro and Get Stories (Not Just Answers!) – Tom Underhill
RootsMagic: Pruning, Cleaning and Extending Your Family Tree – Michael Booth
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 1-5) Session # 1 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker
Family Tree Sourcing from FamilySearch Records – Cathy Anderegg
What Do I do With All This Stuff? – Michael Huntsman
Beyond the Fan Chart and Scotch Tape – Janet Hovorka
Back to the Future with Descendancy Research – Kathy Bray
Ancestral Quest and Family Tree – Gaylon Findlay

SESSION 2: 10:30-11:30 AM
Topic – Presenter
Your Photos-From Chaos to C.A.L.M. – Tom & Alison Taylor
German Records and Resources on FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com – Baerbel Johnson
England – Beginning Research – Margo Mckinstry
Please Papa May I Go?: Records Created Via the Emigration/Immigration Process – Ruth Maness
Scandinavian Research – Jennifer Hansen
The Things They Leave Behind: Caring for Family Keepsakes – Denise May Levenick
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 6 – 10) – Session # 2 – Barry Ewell
Historical Events that Affect German Genealogical Research – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
All Aboard!! How to Find Your Railroader in North America – Ginny Ackerson
FamilyTree Sourcing from the Internet, books, Fee sites, etc. – Cathy Anderegg
FamilySearch Indexing – Jason Mendenhall
Learn Some Uses for Smart Phones as a Family History Tool – Jean Naisbitt
Learning the Research Process Within FamilySearch Products* – Jill Romney Woodbury
Jump Start Your Family History – New Ways to Get Others Involved – Marlo E. Schuldt
Kom til Zion! Researching Early Scandinavian Latter-day Saints – Naomi Newbold
Organizing Your Genealogy – Beth Taylor
Beginning Jewish Research – Todd Knowles
Become a Family History Storyfinder – Valerie Elkins
What’s New in RootsMagic 6 – Michael Booth
iPhonetography: Getting Great Photos With Your Cell Phone – Tom Underhill
Ireland Internet Resources – Claire Brisson-Banks
Beginning Scottish Research – Russell Bangerter

LUNCH BREAK / SEE THE VENDORS: 11:30-1:00 PM

SESSION 3: 1:00-2:00 PM

Topic – Presenter

Dutch Internet Research – Baerbel Johnson
Beyond Adam and Eve: The Origins of Records – Ruth Maness
The Hidden Resources of FamilySearch.org – Claire Brisson-Banks
Beginning Your Research in Original Records – Jennifer Hansen
Family History Youth – Michael Huntsman
Beginning British Parish Records – Ginny Ackerson
Trip the Tree Fantastic: Intriguing Family History Trips for the Whole Family – Janet Hovorka
Utilize Today’s Technology with Family History to Help Strengthen Ties With the Tech Savvy Rising Generation -Jean Naisbitt
FamilyTree Photos and Stories – How To – Cathy Anderegg
Demo: Heritage Collector Suite Software Demonstration A Complete Family History System – Marlo E. Schuldt
Beginning Danish Research: It’s Easier than it Looks! – Naomi Newbold
Learn How to Make a Family History eBook – Susan Holdaway
Sharing Genealogy Electronically – CD/DVD, online, Dropbox, and eBooks – Geoff Rasmussen
Ancestral Quest 14: What’s New? – Gaylon Findlay
Creative and Fun Ways to Cherish Your Family History – Valerie Elkins
Are You Your Own Brick Wall? Common Genealogy Mistakes and their Solutions – Beth Taylor
Evernote: 5 Steps to Make it Work For You – Tom Underhill
Italian Records and Resources – Paola Manfredi
RootsMagic: FamilySearch Made Easy – Michael Booth
FamilySearch Wiki Beginning Patron Class – Dennis Knox
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 11 – 15) Session # 3 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker

SESSION 4: 2:15-3:15 PM

Topic – Presenter

How Will You Be Remembered?- Using Your Life Stories to Bridge Generations – Alison Taylor
German Research on the Internet: Gazetteers and Parish Register Inventories – Baerbel Johnson
Scotland’s People: All the Records You Need Online – Margo Mckinstry
What Do I Do Now? Tools For Effective Pedigree Analysis – Ruth Maness
Using Technology to Involve Children in Family History & Genealogy – Claire Brisson-Banks
Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Records – Jennifer Hansen
Organizing, Planning, and Sharing Using Legacy Family Tree – Geoff Rasmussen
The Genealogical Value of German Guild Records – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
Learn to Zap the Grandma Gap – Janet Hovorka
FamilySearch Indexing – Jason Mendenhall
“No Hits, Now What?” –Discovery and Learning from FamilySearch Research Wiki Through the Family History Library Catalog and Beyond! – Jill Romney Woodbury
Indexing Italian Records-Civil Records in Handwritten Paragraph Format – Paola Manfredi
Research in Denmark’s Big Cities – Naomi Newbold
Using the Flip Pal Scanner – Leland Meitzler
The Knowles Collection: What is it and How Do I Use It? – Todd Knowles
From Manuscript to Book: What You Need to Know About Publishing Your Family History Book – Tom Underhill
Ancestral Quest and Family Tree – Gaylon Findlay
Top 20 Lessons Genealogists Need to Know (Lessons 16-20) Session # 4 – Barry Ewell
TBA – Barbara Baker
FamilyTree Adding, Editing, Merging, Fixing Relationships – Cathy Anderegg
FamilyTree Sourcing – Cool New Tools – Kathy Bray
FamilyTree Training – Charles & Patti Coombs

SESSION 5: 3:30-4:30 PM

Topic – Presenter

Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the 19th & 20th Centuries – Margo Mckinstry
Online Gathering Place – Michael Huntsman
German Church and Civil Records – Fritz Juengling, Ph.D.
Hot off the Press! – Ginny Ackerson
Cemetery Research Online or In Person – Jason Mendenhall
Converting Old Tape Recordings and Working With Sound Learn to Use, Free Software to Edit, Enhance, Preserve, and Record Sound – Marlo E. Schuldt
Legacy Family Tree for Your Mobile Device Plus Other Tips & Tricks – Geoff Rasmussen
FamilySearch Wiki Beginning Patron Class – Dennis Knox
Finding Family Members in Family Tree – Charles & Patti Coombs
Interest in Pinterest: How to Pin Your Family History – Valerie Elkins
Using British Probate Records – Todd Knowles
The Tired, the Poor, the Huddled Masses and the Wretched Refuse: U.S.; Immigration from 1820-1954 – Beth Taylor
Learn How to Make a Family History eBook – Susan Holdaway
Evaluating Scandinavian (Nordic) Information in New.FamilySearch & FamilyTree: 10 Do’s and Don’ts For Cleaning It Up – Ruth Maness
Supercharge Your Research: Cut Ten Years Off Your Learning Curve – Barry Ewell
England Internet Resources – Claire Brisson-Banks
Green Arrow Project – Descendancy Searches on FamilyTree- Cathy Anderegg
Tracing LDS Ancestors & Beyond – Jill Romney Woodbury
Writing Your Personal History (and Living to Tell About It) – Michael Booth

Click here for more information and to register. See you there!