If you haven’t put the date on your summer calendar for BYU’s Conference on Family History and Genealogy, now’s the time to do it. I’ve attended this conference for many years. Since each year has been an improvement over the past one, I’m betting this year will be the best yet. The conference will be held July 31-August 3, 2012, at Provo, Utah.
What I like about BYU’s conference is that it’s big enough to satisfy all, but not so big that it’s overwhelming. There are seven tracks to choose from each hour, almost as many as the national conferences. Parking is free. Access to the conference center is easy.
You’ll learn from some of the best. Presenters include David Ouimette, George Ryscamp, Bruce Buzbee, Geoff Rasmussen, Diane Van Skiver Gagel, Claire Brisson-Banks, Apryl Cox, Kory Meyerink, Megan Smolenyak, Warren Bittner, Dan Lynch, Karen Clifford, Alan Mann, Barry Ewell, and many others.
Keynote Speakers include:
- Richard E. Turley Jr., assistant Church historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and president of the Genealogical Society of Utah
- John Titford, writer for Family Tree Magazine, also broadcaster, researcher, and genealogical bookseller
- Rod DeGuilio director of FamilySearch Data Operations
BYU is hosting a wide variety of lecture tracks which include:
- Hands-On Workshops (you’ll want to pre-register for those early as they will fill up fast!)
- U.S. Research
- International Research
- Immigration to America
- FamilySearch Compatible
- Family History Consultants
- Online Family Trees
- British Isles Research
- German Research
- Sharing Family History
- Internet Research
- Scandinavian Research
- LDS Church History Library
- Family Search
- Online Sources
- Computers and Technology
- International (small): French, Italian, and Latin American research)
- Youth and Genealogy
You can get all the info you need at BYU’s Continuing Education website for the Conference on Family History & Genealogy.
I’m marking my calendar for this conference as a highlight of the summer. Hope to see you there!