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Springville Family History Fair well attended

The more-than-230 people who attended the first Springville Family History Fair on Oct. 15 at the Hobble Creek Stake Center had a delightful time and learned new concepts in genealogical research and documentation. They also were inspired by the remarks of keynote speaker President Cliff Park of the Springville Dry Creek Stake. The fair, with the theme “Journey Through Time,” was sponsored by the eight Springville stakes and the Springville Family History Center.  Many attendees learned about the new zoning program to help index names in newspapers. Others learned how to involve their families and help them get to know their ancestors.

Techniques for breaking down brick walls, how to use the FamilySearch Wiki, starting German and British research, creating gifts with a family history theme and making sure that documentation and proofs create accurate family trees were a few of the skills taught in the classes patrons were able to choose from. Two classes were offered in Spanish, one on indexing and one on beginning Hispanic research. Joining the list of popular features of the fair were the free book scanning service, the “Ask an Expert” room where individual advice was available and the delicious snacks that were served. Remarks from the attendees included “Thank you for putting this fair together, it was amazing!” and “It was great! I loved it!” Victor Cave, the new director of the Family History Center, and Sara Bird, the planner of the fair, expressed thanks to the volunteers from the Family History Center and the stakes who spent much time and effort to ensure the success of the event and to the well-qualified instructors who shared their time and knowledge.

The Springville Family History Center offers classes and other services throughout the year too. For a list of classes and more information about the center, visit