Local genealogy conference going high tech

Family history, genealogy and learning about your roots has taken on a whole new meaning today with new technology like computers, Internet, smartphones, etc. playing an important role. “With Help I Can Find Them” is the theme for the conference coming up on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Bridgerland Applied Technology College. The event is hosted by the Logan Utah Family History Center and Director Byron Ray says everyone is invited to attend, free of charge. Public Relations Director of the Logan Utah Family History Center, Derwin Merrill, says people can get all the help they need on a daily basis at the center and it’s all for free. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Merrill said those attending can take up to five classes from a list of 40 classes taught by 21 presenters. “We’ve got one young man here that will be a presenter from the Salt Lake area,” Merrill explained. “He’s 26 years old and he’s going to teach those that are interested, young people and others, about how you can get your family history on your mobile devices like iPhones and iPads. “We’re finding more and more youth are getting interested in genealogy because of the technology of getting a lot of this on these mobile devices that they love so much.” He says the keynote speaker will be Ron Tanner, product manager for New Family Search. The conference is free and a copy of the syllabus is available online at

<a href=”http://www.loganfhc.org”>loganfhc.org</a>

and click on Conference. Three presenters will conduct classes on popular software genealogy programs: Ancestral Quest, Roots Magic and Legacy Tree. A class on Mobile Apps for Genealogy will be taught by A.C. Ivory of Salt Lake City. For more information about the conference, call 755-5594.

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