Today I am sharing about the Brigham Young University Conference on Family History & Genealogy and some of the exciting things the conference has to offer. My mom wrote about the ICAP Gen track of classes here. Another track of classes to be excited about is the free consultant training that’s being offered on Friday, July 29!
Friday Family History Consultant Track:
Devin Ashby – Taking Names to the Temple as a Family, Ward or Stake
Lisa K. Ratzlaff – How to Assist (Virtually) Every Patron
Kathy Behling, AG – Yes They Will: Getting Youth Involved in Family History
Lila Sowards – Working with Individuals and Relationships in FamilySearch Family Tree
About the presenters:
I met Devin Ashby, a project manager at FamilySearch, at RootsTech and am looking forward to his talk about taking names to the temple. You can view several of Devin’s presentations for free at Legacy Family Tree Webinars. His presentation will be about helping others find names for the temple and hastening the work of salvation.
Kathy Behling, AG, is accredited for research through ICAP Gen in the United States Mid-Atlantic Region. She has been a genealogical researcher for over 40 years and has helped hundreds of clients find their ancestors in the US, England, Germany, and Scandinavia. Her presentation will be about how to get young people interested in researching their roots. She says, “There’s no secret to getting youth to turn their hearts toward their ancestors. It’s all about turning the names and dates on a pedigree chart into people with personalities. There are games to play, stories to tell and challenges to be met.”
Lisa Ratzlaff served as Assistant Director at the Utah South Area Family History Training Center and is a Family History Specialist. She has trained hundreds of people, from beginners to advanced, in Family History research. Her presentation will cover “treeage,” an important concept for helping beginners diagnose what kind of tree they have then setting appropriate goals.
Lisa Sowards was the Assistant Director at the prior Utah South Area Family History Training Center where she helped create curriculum. Lisa’s presentation will be full of tips for adding and editing individuals and relationships in the FamilySearch Family Tree.
Earn College Credit at the Conference
Another feature of the BYU Conference on Family History is the ability to apply the conference classes toward your family history degree. Here is some information I received about the process:
Requirements and Information for Credit Registrants
History 481R (Family History Directed Research)
Two hours of university credit are available to those who register by July 22, 2016 and complete the following 2 requirements:
1. Attend 19 separate family history classes. You may count the 8:30 a.m. devotionals towards this total.
– Attend 5 classes from the following international tracks: British Isles Research, German Research, Scandinavian Research, International Research, U.S./ Canada Research
– Attend 14 elective classes (These do not have to be part of your specified geographic area): Methodology, Writing/Publishing Family History, Preserving Family History, Finding Stories, Immigration and Emigration, Online Research, DNA Research, Beginner, Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, FamilySearch Consultants, ICAPGen, LDS Ancestral Research, Military Records, Technology and Tools
2. Submit two papers to BYU Conferences and Workshops by Friday, September 30, 2016.
– Paper #1: After attending the conference, write a 3-4 page paper discussing your conference experience. In the paper: Identify the geographical area you studied. Indicate the classes you attended and the hours spent in each. Write a brief paragraph for each class, giving the main points learned in the class.
– Paper #2: On your own, conduct 50 to 60 hours of research on a pedigree problem pertaining to your geographic area. Write a scholastic paper (about 5+ pages) explaining your experience. Your project you should include the following:
• A pedigree chart and family group sheet(s) showing the family with the information you had at the beginning of the project.
• A pedigree chart showing the family on whom you conducted research.
• Family group sheet(s) which include all the information you have found on the family AND notes documenting the sources where you found each event (e.g. birth, marriage, death) or relationship.
• Research log listing ALL the sources you searched during this project (including those in which you found nothing), the order in which you searched them, and the time spent.
For more information, you can contact BYU Adult Conferences, 161 Harman Continuing Education Building, Provo, UT 84602 (801) 422-9301, http://familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu
I hope to see you at the conference! – Nicole