13 August 2010

Free Monthly Seminars Offer Family History Help
Riverton FamilySearch Library to Host Classes on August 21

RIVERTON, UTAH—The new Riverton FamilySearch Library has been very popular with local family history researchers in the south part of the Salt Lake Valley since opening its doors in June of this year. The library is now expanding its services to include free quality seminars and classes for locals.

There will be eight free seminars and a keynote speaker on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. No registration is required for these workshops. The library will also be open until 5:00 p.m. that day for patrons desiring to do individual family history research. For more information, please visit www.familysearch.org/fhc/riverton.

The keynote speaker will be Paul Nauta from FamilySearch. His presentation, “FamilySearch: Unlocking the World’s Genealogical Treasures,” will look at the state of the world’s genealogical records and demonstrate how FamilySearch can be used to preserve these records and provide online access to them. Nauta will share how he has been helped by volunteers, FamilySearch-provided records, and other surprising sources to discover his family history.

Nauta is the manager of Public Affairs for FamilySearch and travels extensively representing FamilySearch at events and conferences worldwide. He is also responsible for media relations and industry and community outreach. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award in 2007 from the University of Phoenix.

Following the keynote presentation, there will be two blocks of four classes each that will cover both research and technology. 

Classes to be held during the first hour are:
1)      Advanced New FamilySearch—Loops, Editing, Etc. by Cathy Andregg
2)      Basic Irish Research by Dee Richards
3)      Basic English Research  by Marci Despain
4)      Capturing Your Computer Screen by Jon Bonnesen

The classes available for the second hour will be:
1)      Family History Books Online by Don and Diane Snow
2)      How to Synchronize Data in Ancestral Quest with nFS by Gaylon Findlay
3)      U.S. Military Records by DeAnne Shelley
4)      New Resources for Consultants by Tara Bergeson

Admission is free. The Saturday Seminars will be held on the third Saturday of each month. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the LDS Riverton Office Building at 3740 Market Center Drive. The facility is near the intersection of Bangerter Highway and 13400 South, just east of The Home Depot.
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FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.