Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BYU 2012 Family History and Genealogy Conference

2012 BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference

In times of distraction we might describe ourselves as being “half there.” I confess that for the first half of the month, I was only “half here.” The posts I made during that time were written before I left for a two week Mediterranean Cruise. But I wasn’t able to escape completely. Out sailing on the Mediterranean I ran into none other than John Best, organizer of the 2012 Brigham Young University (BYU) Family History and Genealogy Conference. I am presenting at the conference and he said he was there to check on my preparations. The conference is scheduled for 31 July to 3 August 2012.

It’s truly a small world after all.

One of the keynote speakers is Rod DeGiulio, director of FamilySearch Data Operations. DeGiulio’s division “manufactures” the record collections found on so it should be pretty interesting. Also scheduled is Ron Tanner, product manager for new.FamilySearch and the new Family Tree, slated for public release later “this year.” (Sorry; I couldn’t resist placing the parentheses, given FamilySearch’s intention of releasing the tree to the public every year since… well, since I can remember.) Anyway, Tanner will be filling us in on Family Tree.

If you’re in the Provo area, it may be well worth your while to attend. If you are a family history consultant, you are eligible for a $25 discount on the $180 price. To learn more or to register, visit

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