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[UT] Go west, young genealogy buffs
Go west, young genealogy buffs
By James M. Beidler
As genealogical conference sites go, there’s no better twin bill than an event in Salt Lake City, Utah, since it gives the registrant the opportunity to work at the world’s largest genealogy research center, the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
And that’s exactly what awaits those who go to the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference titled “Reminders of the Past, Visions for the Future” from Sept. 7-10 at Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center.
Among the leading lights of the genealogical world who will be on the conference program will be Paula Stuart-Warren, Linda Geiger, Ann Carter Fleming, Tom Jones, Kay Haviland Freilich, Michael John Neill, Pamela Boyer Porter, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Claire Bettag, Barbara Matthews and Curt Witcher.
The Family History Library is sponsoring lectures at the conference on effective use of its collection, which contains more than 2 million rolls of microfilm, 400,000 books and more.
The library will be open special hours during the conference, too.
Staff members of Brigham Young University — one of the few colleges in the nation to offer a “family history” major — will present lectures on immigration, and the Board for Certification of Genealogists is sponsoring lectures on becoming a professional genealogists.
These events, combined with more than 100 other presentations, promise an educational opportunity not to be missed.
In addition to the planned lectures, luncheons, dinners and the banquet, there is the vendor/exhibitor area. In a walk through the exhibit hall, registrants will be able to peruse, browse, buy, look at and learn from some of the best vendors, exhibitors and genealogical resource developers in the field.
The Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown has a block of rooms reserved for the conference. For more information, call (800) 228-9290. The Marriott is located directly across from the Salt Palace Convention Center and a short walk from the Family History Library.
Hotel rooms in the “conference block” generally go rather quickly. Other hotels are available but not discounted for the conference.
In addition to genealogy, the Salt Lake City area — known as the “Crossroads of the West” since the days of the railroads — offers a number of great sightseeing possibilities.
Among the highlights are: Temple Square, which includes the home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; the world’s deepest hole, a copper mine less than an hour from the city; the Great Salt Lake; and Winter Olympics venues in the town of Park City.
For a registration brochure, readers may use the following contact points: www.fgs.org; toll-free phone, (888) FGS-1500; or by mail to Federation of Genealogical Societies, P.O. Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.
Beidler is a freelance writer and lecturer on genealogy. Contact him either at Box 270, Lebanon, PA 17042; or by e-mail at:
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