Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Riverton, Utah Seminar to Address Using Family History to Help the Incarcerated

The Riverton, Utah FamilySearch LibraryI received this press release from FamilySearch:

Riverton, Utah (October 1, 2015)—The Riverton FamilySearch Library has announced a free family discovery day and seminar on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Dr. Paul J. McCarty will be the keynote speaker at the seminar. He will focus on how those who are incarcerated or are in self-inflicted prisons resulting from choices or circumstances can share in the blessings, protection, and healing that come from seeking after their kindred dead or getting involved in indexing. The family discovery day is for families and youth (8 years and older) and will include fun activities to engage the entire family in family history. Registration is not required.

9:00–10:00—Keynote Speaker

Paul McCarty is currently the transition director for LDS Correctional Services, Region 3. For the past eight years, he has worked with the Utah Department of Corrections prisons and jails in successful offender release and behavior change programs. He is an adjunct professor of abnormal psychology and marriage and family studies at Brigham Young University and is a principal in the Granite School District. 

Following the keynote presentation from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., two blocks of four classes each are offered that cover topics of interest for all levels of family history enthusiasts.

10:10–11:10 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

  • “Deciphering Handwriting” by Colleen Stutz
  • “Like a Game: Family History for Youth” by Jimmy Zimmerman
  • “How to Puzzilla” by Bill Harten
  • “Grandpa Is on My iPod: Sharing Your Family History with Your Family Using Social Networking” by Janet Hovorka

11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Choose one of the following four classes: 

  • “Interactive Timelines: Using Freeware and File Naming” by Don Snow and Linda Westover
  • “Power Apps for FamilySearch” by Jimmy Zimmerman
  • “Successful Ways to Conduct British Research” by Joni Kesler
  • “Family Links: Easy Interactive Online Activities to Explore Your History Together” by Janet Hovorka

The Riverton FamilySearch Library is also hosting a family discovery day in conjunction with the monthly seminar. Families will participate in fun activities used in family history. Youth and adults of all ages are invited.

9:00 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Replace a Face
  • Story Room
  • From Your Smartphone Straight to Family Tree with Memories
  • Discover Your Pioneer Ancestors
  • Fan Charts, the Year You Were Born, Pedigrees, and Family Group Sheets
  • What Does Your Last Name Mean?

Class and activity changes are shown on the library website at

Registration is not required for the free seminar and family discovery day. The Riverton FamilySearch Library is located in the Riverton Office Building at 3740 West Market Center Drive (13175 South), Riverton, Utah, 1-801-240-9601. 

About FamilySearch

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 and its predecessors have 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 or through over 4,800 family history centers in 132 countries, including the renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Media Contacts:

Brad and Pat Jensen
Directors, Riverton FamilySearch Library

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1 comment:

  1. Awesome! My stake's humble beginning in the Family Discovery Day is the same day, 12:30-4:30PM. But I don't think even breaking the speed limit or flying will get one there in time from Utah. ;-) Event and program listed here:


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