02 June 2014

Riverton FamilySearch Library - Free Seminar - June 21st

The Riverton FamilySearch Library will host a free seminar on
Saturday, June 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
that will offer help to genealogists of all skill levels.

Puzzilla: My Work Is Done? Or, We’ve Only Just Begun!

If you were navigating in a deep forest, how helpful would it be to have a view from above? We will introduce the Puzzilla.org descendants viewer, recognize patterns and methods for finding work that remains to be done, and discuss basic concepts that new researchers need to understand to find missing relatives.

Bill Harten founded UNIConnect in 1997 and is the creator of the UNIFlow process definition language, process tracking database, and UNIFlow quality compliance engine. He is known globally for being on a team that invented the GEDCOM format used to exchange computerized genealogical information and campaigning around the world for its establishment as a standard, resulting in its use in almost every genealogical database program developed since 1985, including many hundreds of independent software products worldwide. He has lectured widely, consulted, and taught advanced courses on LIMS, informatics, and genealogical computing around the world. He has consulted on informatics practices by invitation of the Russian State Historic Archive at their repository in St. Petersburg and published recommendations on informatics practices at the request of the US National Archives in Washington D.C.

He was on a team that invented the high-performance database technology used in the LDS Church’s huge FamilySearch genealogical database on CD and is recognized in the database community as a world expert on database architectures for extreme computing requirements. He has developed several high-performance engines for matching complex genetic profiles and genealogies. In an experimental system, his matching engine was able to search a simulated copy of the FBI’s national criminal DNA database of 50 million samples in 0.1 seconds.

He holds US patent 6904412 for an invention that uses artificial intelligence concepts to implement a comprehensive legal and regulatory compliance and workflow engine for the mortgage industry, enabling and documenting compliance with all federal requirements, plus the bewildering different requirements of all 50 US states. He is active in presenting and publishing papers in the laboratory and genealogical technology communities. He earned an MS degree in Computer Science and BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1977, is a Sun-certified java developer, and has completed post-graduate work in artificial intelligence at the University of Utah.

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., two blocks of four classes each are offered that cover topics of interest for beginning, intermediate, and advanced family history enthusiasts.

10:10 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

·         “Internet Sources for Locating Your 19th Century German Ancestor” -- Baerbel Johnson

·         “Legacy 8: An Update for the Future” -- Carl Holland

·         Googling for Grandpa” -- Bret Peterson

·         “Fast and Accurate Online Searches -- Van Celaya

11:20 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

·         “What’s New in German Research on the Internet” -- Baerbel Johnson

·         “LDS Pioneer Research” -- Steven Sorensen

·         Make Family Memories: Tell Your Story Today -- Joan Gust

·         “My Tree Is Full; Now What?” -- Carol Moss


Registration is not required for this free seminar. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.