Free Sessions of Family History Conference

Did you know that family history is not just for old people? Did you know that family history is FUN?

Did you know that family history is totally doable, even for a mom with little kids? Did you know that the blessings of family history and temple work are HUGE? They are not to be missed! Family history work will help you have clothes for your children, peace of mind, more joyful relationships in your family, fewer whisperings of the adversary, and happiness.

A fascinating and encouraging story by a busy young mother of how she fit in family history work amidst all of her demands appeared in the August 2006 Ensign, pages 34 to 38. It’s by Kim Sorenson. See…. Read it! It’s really good. I loved her descriptions of the blessings that flowed from doing this work. Because of her sacrifices to do family history research, she was blessed with HUGE blessings. Her family’s health was better, her appliances and cars broke less often, and she was able to attract clothes her son needed for his scout trip at a garage sale for a really cheap price. It was her story that  inspired me as a mom with young children to start doing family history work. I encourage every young mom to read it. It will take away your excuses!

Family history is even becoming hip and cool with shows like Who Do You Think You Are?

Lots of bloggers are getting into family history. Here is a list of bloggers involved with the upcoming Roots Tech 2013 conference this weekend at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A few years ago I found out that I am descended from Roger Williams, the man who founded Rhode Island. I learned he suffered many hard things to fight for freedom of conscience, even fleeing to and living in the wilderness in the winter because he was going to be arrested in his New England town. Here is a simple story about him that greatly inspired me to do hard things. I sometimes think, “If great-grandpa Roger can survive a winter in the wilderness in New England, I can certainly do such and such…”

It is so fun to discover these stories about my roots! What stories are waiting for you to discover about yours? Here is a place on my web site here where you can learn more about getting started with family history research.

And great news…the LDS Church is sponsoring Roots Tech 2013, a huge conference this weekend about the merging of technology and family history. You can even watch some sessions from home, for free! The following is what I copied and pasted from the Church’s web site.

Several opportunities are available to learn more about family history in conjunction with the RootsTech family history and technology conference on March 21–23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about RootsTech 2013 or to register for the conference, go to

Not Able to Attend RootsTech in Person?

The following “Best of RootsTech” sessions will be streamed live online all three days of the RootsTech conference

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Thursday, March 21

8:30 Keynote—Dennis Brimhall, Syd Lieberman, Josh Taylor (editor’s note: who are these people? Elder Dennis Brimhall is a General Authority of the LDS Church and the CEO of Syd Lieberman is a Jewish storyteller. He has some free recordings of his stories over at his web site here. I really like the stories about the year 1776, called Summer of Treason. We listened to these in the car around Independence Day and loved it! Josh Taylor is the founder of

11:00 The Future of Genealogy—Thomas MacEntee and panel

1:45 Tell it Again (Story@Home)—Kim Weitkamp

3:00 The Genealogists Gadget Bag—Jill Ball and panel

4:15 Finding the Obscure and Elusive: Geographic Information on the Web —James Tanner

Friday, March 22

8:30 Keynote—Jyl Pattee and Tim Sullivan

9:45 Researching Ancestors Online—Laura Prescott

11:00 FamilySearch Family Tree—Ron Tanner

1:45 Google Search… and Beyond —Dave Barney

3:00 From Paper Piles to Digital Files—Valerie Elkins

Saturday, March 23

8:30 Keynote—David Pogue and Gilad Japhet

9:45 Using Technology to Solve Research Problems—Karen Clifford

11:00 Digital Storytelling: More than Bullet Points—Denise Olson

These are just 13 of more than 250 classes available at the conference.

Two training sessions specifically for family history consultants will be streamed live

Saturday, March 23
12:40 Hearts, then Charts
1:45 Secrets of Success

Attend Free RootsTech Sessions for Members and Leaders

The Church’s Family History Department is offering several free sessions and activities specifically for Church members and youth on Saturday, March 23, in conjunction with the RootsTech Conference.

Free training sessions for members with family history-related callings such as family history consultants as well as other priesthood and auxiliary leaders will be available.

Three General Authorities will join with Family History Department staff to teach sessions. Elder Allen F. Packer of the Seventy will give an address at a 9:45 a.m. devotional on Saturday, March 23, followed by addresses from Elder Paul E. Koelliker and Elder Bradley D. Foster of the Seventy on the role of family history in the work of salvation. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at new features on

Register for the free training at (separate registration is required for both the free training and the RootsTech Conference).

Free Classes and Activities for Youth and Youth Leaders

On Saturday, March 23, youth ages 11–18 are invited to participate in a number of classes and activities at the Salt Palace Convention Center, including a Geneaology Merit Badge and Personal Progress Booth, a class by popular EFY speaker Ryan Sharp, and a youth panel discussion.

David L. Beck, Young Men general president, will speak to youth leaders about how family history work can bless the lives of youth. That evening, Sister Elaine S. Dalton, Young Women general president, will be the speaker at a special devotional for youth at 6:00 p.m. in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Hall 2. See for more details and to register.

And if you can make it in person, come the free storytellers’ conference with Syd LIeberman. I really want to go to this!

Story@Home Presents: An Evening of Storytelling

Friday, March 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE

There’s nothing like sitting back to listen to a well told story. Join us at the Conference Center Theater for an entertaining evening with our featured storytellers as they tell some of their favorite stories. Your sure to delight in the uniqueness of each storyteller while celebrating in the commonalities we all share.

6:00 PM Pre-show with Clive Romney
6:30 PM Storytelling Concert featuring: Ginger Parkinson, Jan Smith, Syd Lieberman, and Kim Weitkamp, with Emcee Teresa Clark.

No registration is needed for this event. Seating will be on a first come, first seated bases. We recommend you arrive early as this venue only seats 150 folks.

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