Welcome to Provo, Utah, where the 47th annual BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy was held. This 4-day conference was filled with sessions to educate, entertain, and motivate those who attended.
This 2015 BYU genealogy conference offered more than 100 classes, allowing participants to gain new skills and helpful information.
Class topics included:
- Youth and Genealogy
- Latter-day Saint Family History Callings
- FamilySearch Family Tree
- DNA Research
- Google Genealogy
- International Research
- Scandinavian Research
- Military Records
More than 700 attendees enjoyed these classes and also listened to inspirational keynote speakers.
Keynote speakers included the following:
- Elder Gerald N. Lund (author and former General Authority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
- Robert Kehrer (senior product manager at FamilySearch)
- Lisa Louise Cooke (Genealogy Gems)
- T. C. Christensen (Cinematographer, film director, and writer)
Becoming an Accredited Genealogist
Also offered during the first two days of this conference was a 2-day ICAPGen track featuring several classes for preparing individuals to become accredited genealogists. Taught by those who serve on the ICAPGen board, the classes gave attendees firsthand access to training on accreditation.
Free Classes for Temple and Family History Consultants
Included in this year’s conference was free training for temple and family history consultants, a day full of insight on how consultants can help others “Strengthen Ties That Bind Families Together Forever.”
New Youth Camp
This year also marked the beginning of a new youth camp at the BYU genealogy conference. Young members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended this camp to become knowledgeable about family history so they can teach others and work on their own family stories.
Saving Over 30,000 Memories
Another fun part of this year’s conference was an EZ Photo Scan booth, where attendees could scan their memories and photos for free. The booth was run by Rick Lippert and was capable of scanning 80 photos a minute. The aim was to help attendees save over 30,000 memories during the conference.
Did you miss the 2015 BYU genealogy conference? Learn from class highlights and enjoy summaries of the keynote speakers by exploring our archives below.