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Educational opportunities are widely available for aspiring genealogists

Oct 07, 2015 08:40AM

By Ginny Ackerson

The ever-growing digital world is making family history so much more accessible. One way the electronic age contributes is by providing education for genealogists on all subjects and areas of research. We are extraordinarily lucky here in Utah to be near many of the organizations that are on the cutting edge of this educational tidal wave.

At the main library in downtown Salt Lake City, there are many websites that can be accessed for free. They also sponsor daily classes and monthly seminars, especially for countries like Denmark, Germany, England, etc. For more information click here

FamilySearch, has over 4 billion names available at their site with thousands of names added daily through the indexing program. They also have classes, tutorials and YouTube instructions for family history at all levels of experience.

Brigham Young University has a huge Family History Center which provides a yearly conference in July and free classes on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

BYU also has free online genealogy classes.

Utah Valley Technology and Genealogy Group (UVTAGG) meets monthly in Provo on the second Saturday and offers several free classes and a newsletter with great tips on research and technology for the genealogist. 

The Riverton FamilySearch Library has daily classes and monthly seminars which are held on the third Saturday. They have many computers and the same databases as the FHL and have lots of knowledgeable people to help you.

Several major institutes of genealogy and other genealogical societies come to Utah for their conferences. The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy is one and offers an intense week-long course of study in January taught by the leaders and experts in the field. There are many different subjects offered each year.

The largest genealogical and technological conference in the world, RootsTech, is offered annually in February in the Salt Palace. All the latest in genealogical technology is highlighted along with more than 220 classes on family history research. Members of the LDS Church are invited to attend Family Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

This free one-day event is full of inspirational messages, instructional classes, interactive activities and exciting entertainment to teach LDS members (ages 8 and up) how to find their ancestors, prepare names and take them to the temple, and teach others to do the same.