Many people want to do family history. But after we go to work to provide for our temporal needs and wants; care for our families, friends, and neighbors; and serve in our church or community, there just doesn’t seem to be much time left at our disposal. However, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time to do family history work, and help is nearby when you need it.
The Riverton FamilySearch Library stands ready to help with research tools and personal assistance six days a week, in addition to a monthly Saturday seminar. This month’s seminar, to be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011, will be a three-hour seminar from 9:00 a.m. to noon featuring a keynote address and eight classes.
Tim Cross, the keynote speaker, will present a message entitled “Family History: Isn’t It About Time?” During his presentation, he will help you discover ways to do family history in 30 minutes or less using FamilySearch, and he will also provide a glimpse of the new source feature for new FamilySearch. Cross has worked as a product manager for FamilySearch for 7 years. Prior to that he worked in the computer industry for Price Waterhouse, Booz Allen & Hamilton, and Novell. He is currently responsible for integrating all the FamilySearch components into familysearch.org and linking source records into the Family Tree (new.familysearch.org).
Following the keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes that will cover topics of interest to both beginning and advanced family historians.
Classes to be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are:
- “Blog Your Way to Genealogical Success”—Robert Raymond
- “Beginning English and Welsh Ancestry”—Raymon Naisbitt
- “Best Strategies for Searching Ancestry.com”—Christa Cowan
- “Solving Really Tough Research Problems”—Jason Harrison
The classes available from 11:00 a.m. to noon are:
- “Mobile Apps for Genealogy”—A.C. Moore
- “An Overview of New English Research”—Jason Harrison
- “Synchronizing PAF 5 Data with New FamilySearch Using Ancestral Quest, the Program from Which PAF 5 Was Derived”—Gaylon Findlay
- “A Personal Journey in Discovering and Recording Our Family Heritage”—Brigham Cheney