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Ogden Family History Conference/2018


Set the date September 8, 2018 on your calendar for our next annual FamilySearch Library Family History Conference at Ogden Utah Weber State University. The conference will last all day Saturday and the Conference will be FREE to the public. It is free because of the Ogden FamilySearch Library partnership with the Weber State University History Department in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, who have donated the use of the Shepherd Union Building, where the conference will be located.

  • We will have about 25 different vendors on site to tell about their amazing new products (for purchase) that will help you organize and research your family history work.
  • We will have about 50 different class sessions for teaching and learning.
  • We will have the Union Building Food Court Tres Habaneros and Waldos Grill which will be available from 11:00 to 2:00 for you to purchase hot lunches or other food items.
  • The break between classes will be extended to 20 minutes to allow more time to visit the vendors or grab a bite to eat.
  • Ballroom C will be focused on Young Single Adult family history interests.
  • 15 Discovery Screens will be available, courtesy of FamilySearch.
  • Personal help will be available for family history questions or software issues.

Keynote speaker

We are privileged to have Eric D. Richards as our keynote speakers at 8:30 am. He is a well known speaker in Utah and is currently an Institute of Religion teacher at Utah State. He maintains an active blog site,where you can learn about him, his activities and interests. His outstanding keynote address may be looked at by visiting his web site.

Weber State University

Weber State University will again host our Conference in the Shepherd Union Building.

  • The below links will show you the campus and the Shepherd Union Building.
  • See the WSU Campus MAP
  • Parking--- Free parking close to the conference is at the "PPL" pay parking lot is located just southwest of the Union Bldg. All "Permit" lots on Saturday are free and open parking, however never park in restricted or reserved spots.
  • It is recommended that the best handicap parking would be in Lot W8, located just south of the Kimball Arts bldg, as no stairs are present.
  • See the Shepherd Union Building LAYOUT

Class Titles & Class Descriptions; and Biographical backgrounds

This is the link to the Class Titles & Descriptions. You will find them listed alphabetically by class titles. The Biographical information is in this link.

Class Schedule

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The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

This schedule is subject to last minute change, and reflects all changes up to 4 September 2018

Classroom Session 1 (10:00—11:00) Session 2 (11:20—12:20) Session 3 (12:40—1:40) Session 4 (2:00—3:00) Session 5 (3:20—4:20)
WSU Stewart Library Special Collections: WSU Stewart Library
Atrium Individual Help Individual Help Individual Help Individual Help Individual Help
LAB DNA Visual phasing workshop (Saylor) Foreign Language Indexing Web Indexing (Preece) Online Storage Using FOREVER Storage (Ayers) Make Photo Books Using FOREVER Print (Ayers)

(Wildcat Rm)

DNA Track

DNA: the 360 Degree View (Astorga) DNA, A Link to the Past (Woodward) Welcome to the World of Genetic Genealogy (Saylor) Y-DNA: What you need to know (Saylor) DNA: A Comprehensive View (DeBies)
Ballroom A Evidence (Grunwald) Decendency Compilation for Lineage Proof (Burch) Freedmen’s Bureau: Helping Former Slaves After the Civil War (Reed) How to Conduct An Oral History (DeBies) 10 Easy Things to Do with the Family Tree App (Oberg) Syllabus
Ballroom B Top 10 Excuses for NOT being a Published Author: A Brief Guide to Successfully Publishing Your Work (Nelson) Personal Historian 3: Write the Story of Your Life (Booth) Top 10 Excuses for NOT being a Published Author: A Brief Guide to Successfully Publishing Your Work (Nelson) Roots Magic: Your Offline Home for Online Research (Booth) Gold Rush Saints:  Mormons in the California Gold Rush (Nelson)
Ballroom C Young Adult Discovery Center with FamilySearch® Discovery big screens, Geneapardy, Wheel of Family Fortune, Family History Bingo. Lots of fun! Prize Drawings. Ancestral Quest: Researching Made Easy and Eliminating Dups on FamilySearch (Findlay)
305 Tips for Genealogical Research (Juengling) Syllabus Tales Dead Men Tell (Ackerson) Syllabus New features of Family Tree Maker 2017 (Olson) Survey of Midwest States Records (Ackerson) Syllabus Back Door & Rear Window Research (Ackerson) Syllabus
312 Getting Started with Family History (Stubbs) Family History research for your Dutch Ancestors (Koldewyn) Underground Topics in Scandinavian Research (Larsen) The Ins and Outs of Danish Church Records (Larsen) Tools for helping youth to be involved with family history (Trotter, M)

Stories Track

Practical Ways to Record Family Stories (Gillespie) How to Tell the Story of Your Lifetime (Gillespie) Storytellers Rule the World (Sessions) Practical Ways to Record Family Stories (Gillespie) How to Tell the Story of Your Lifetime (Gillespie)

Stories Track

Art of Family Story Telling (Lauritzen R. & Trotter, R) Principles & Techniques of Interviewing for Family History (Saunders) Principles & Techniques of Interviewing for Family History (Saunders) Syllabus Video Stories: Free, Easy and Awesome New Video Tools You’ll Love (Lauritzen R. & Trotter, R) Audio Inspiration – Preserving Family Stories (Lauritzen R. & Trotter, R)
321 Why American Land Records are Important for Tracing Hard to Find Ancestors (Eakle) Syllabus Charting for Success (Hansen) Using Court Records in American Genealogy Research (Eakle) Genealogy Secrets (Hansen) New England Research (Eakle)
404A Photo SOS for Digital Images (Ayers) Photo SOS for Your Vintage Photos (Ayers) Harnessing the Combined Power of FamilySearch Partner Websites and Apps (Trotter, M) Syllabus Genealogy Tips and Tricks (Astorga) Brick Walls: Research Strategies (Astorga)
404B The FamilySearch Wiki: Your Go To Guide for Research (Larsen) Decendency Research (Stegelmeier) The World's Best Family History Fun Activities for Kids, Youth, Adults, and Families Using The Family History Guide (Anderson) Why You Probably Need More Than One Family Tree Program (Saunders) Easier Research using the Power of the Family History Guide (Maxwell)

Vendor booths are generally open continually during the conferences. For your convenience there is a 20-min break between classes to visit the booths

Class Breaks  11:00 to 11:20 12:20 to 12:40 1:40 to 2:00 3:00 to 3:20 4:20 to 4:40 Prize Drawings @ 4:30

Ogden FamilySearch Library

The Ogden FSL is currently located at 539 24th Street in Ogden Utah and will relocate to the Ogden FamilySearch Discovery Center located to the south of the Ogden Temple (when completed in the spring of 2019). Outstanding ongoing classes, training and field trips are available year round by contacting: via email or phone 801-626-1132. The web site may be accessed by clicking HERE.

If you are curious about the range of subjects or quality of our presenters you can access the 2017 Conference by clicking HERE