Saturday, October 12, 2013

5th Annual PVFH Conference

Our annual conference will be held POSSIBLY/PROBABLY Oct 11, 2014 in Delta, Utah.
It is an all day event from 8:30-3:45.  Please mark your calendars now to be
sure you will be able to attend.

2013 Conference:
Stan Ellsworth was amazing!  The conference was fabulous.  So glad so many of you were able to attend.
Thank you to all of those who did so much to help make this possible.  If you have any suggestions for us to consider as we plan next years, please email us at

Monday, September 9, 2013


Pahvant Valley Family History Conference #4
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Millard High School - Fillmore, Utah

8:30 - 3:30:  Pioneers in Your Closet - Scanning Records - Mail Hallway
8:30 - 9:00:  Registration  - Main Hallway
9:00 - 10:20:  Keynote Speaker - Stan Ellsworth - Auditorium

10:25 - 11:30:
......................  Stories and Photos - Change Our Hearts (?) - Michael and Dianne King  (Band)
......................  Organizing Your Family History Papers (?) - Sandra Jarvis (Home Ec)
.....................   Scanning Made Easier  (?) - Marlo Schuldt  (Art)
.....................   Successful Genealogy on the Internet (?) - Julie Hammons (Turner)
11:35 - 12:40:
.....................   What's Your Story?  Getting and Organizing ideas for a story or history(?) 52 Questions  Tafta Waton  (Band)
.....................   Research 1: Picking the Low Hanging Fruit (?) - Sandra Jarvis (Home Ec)
.....................   Digital Scrapbooking and Story Telling (?) - Marlo Schuldt (Art)
.....................  (FHC Edition) (?)  - Terry Erickson (Turner)
....................    Family Tree, Part 2 (?) - Tom and Cindy Urbon (Science) ( Photos, Stories, and Temple Ordinances)  

12:40 - 1:10:    Lunch and Drawings in the lunchroom

  1:10 - 2:15:
.....................   Elbow Relations (2)  (?) Lisa Ratzlaff  (Band)
....................    Research II, Researching for the Fruit Above (?) - Sandra Jarvis (Home Ec)
....................    Family Calendars and Family Cookbooks (?) - Marlo Schuldt (Art)
....................    Social Networking for Genealogists (?) - Julie Hammons (Turner)
....................    Family Tree, Part 1 (repeated class) (?) - Tom and Cindy Urbon (Science) (Science) (Introduction,  IndividualsRelationships, SourcesHelps and Resoures.  Research Log PDF)
....................    FamilySearch - A Treasure (?) - Terry Erickson (Home Ec)
....................    Moosh - Family History for the Family (?) - Kari Mitchell (Art)
....................    Why Use Land and Probate Records (?) - Julie Hammons (Turner)
....................    Family Tree, Part 2 (repeated class) (?) - Tom and Cindy Urbon (Science)  ( Photos, Stories, and Temple Ordinances)  

   3:30 - 3:45    Closing Evaluations - Auditorium

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

4th Annual Conference Planned

This ain't your Grandma's Genealogy

Working on Family History in today's world would have amazed your Grandma.  We have some amazing tools within reach.  Plan now to attend on Saturday, October 12, 2013 the 4th Annual Pahvant Valley Family History Conference in the Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah.

The conferences have been very helpful with classes ranging from beginning to advanced genealogists and family historians.  We look forward to the wonderful day which will highlight the importance of knowing the story of your ancestor's life.

We hope you will be able to attend.

Guest Speaker:  Stan Ellsworth

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Guest Speaker: Stan Ellsworth

We are so excited that Stan Ellsworth will be speaking to us during the opening session of the 4th Annual Pahvant Valley Family History Conference/Fair.

Should be a fun "ride"!

Hope to see you all there.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review of the 2012 Conference

 Tomorrows the day.  Hope you can make it!
Registration at 8:00
Conference 8:30-3:30

Following our keynote address by Glenn Rawson,(see the post below for more information about him) there will be five different classrooms where instruction will be held, as well as some displays helping you understand other aspects of genealogy not addressed in a formal class.  The classrooms and the classes held there are divided as follows:

Classroom #1:  Basic Genealogy Series
  A. Are There Special Rules in Genealogy?   by Dave/Manja Midgley.  Actually, yes, and this class will help you follow them. Putting commas in the location field or do I need to put in "USA" are just two of the questions you may be asking. This will answer many more for you, and help you understand the "why's" behind the rules.
  B. If You Want This .... Look Here  by Dave/Manja Midgley. Want to know someones birth date? You probably won't find it in a father's will, but there are a lot of places it may be found. This class will share where information is most likely to be found including places you may never have thought to look including high school or college student records. A very useful class.
  C.  You Know Their Names - Do You Know Their Story? by Dave/Manja Midgley.   Using the genealogy software, you can add all different kinds of events into a family members individual data, creating a timeline that can help you get to know and understand your ancestor more completely.  This class will help you get to know so much more about your ancestor if you implement what is taught and gather all information and include it.
  D.  Genealogy Software Programs - Which One Do I Choose? by Dave/Manja Midgley.  Well, that is totally a preference call, but in this class you will learn the real gems of each different affiliate program and you will be able to make an informed decision.

Classroom #2:  Computer Sills - hands of series  (held in the computer lab)  first 27 to sign up will be allowed to work on a computer.  Email us at
  A. Where Do I Start - by Karen Chatland. A beginners class to help you know exactly how to get started for the beginning genealogist as well as the different events you can add to your data or information. Giving you suggestions on how to become successful right of the bat. 
  B.  Basic Computer - by Carol Meinhardt.  We have had so many people comment that the computer scares them.  We have added a class that will just focus on the computer and how to use it for your best benefit.  Very little will be taught about how to do genealogy in this class, but will focus on how to use this great tool called a computer.
  C.  Blogging Basics - by Allyson H. Wood.  What better way than to go through your files, confirm your information is correct, and then getting it out there to share.  Class one will focus on the basics of getting a blog online and show you just how easy it is to do.  We will discuss how to make your blog easy to navigate, as well as ways to coordinate working with others to publish information there.  A good working use of the computer and scanner will be helpful in understanding the class but not mandatary to get you excited and "blogging" your own family site.
  D.  Advanced Blogging - by Allyson H. Wood.  Don't miss part one, because this is a continuation, not a repeat.  We will discuss how to link to your other blogs, move posts to a different location, and my favorite way of accessing all my family links on a blog meant for quick retrieval.  We will discus a couple of easy html codes not found in blogging software that you can add to make your blog more appealing.  We will share more information to help personalize your blogs, and how to add your document links to the sources in new.FamilySearch. Prepare to learn how to have hours and hours of fun, for a very worth while purpose.
.......... Clean up FS Form.
.......... "Prove It" Blog - must be imported into blog after it has been set up.

Classroom #3:  Verify/Digitize Series (computer lab)  first 27 to sign up will be allowed to work on a computer.   Email us at  We have been called the "Verify and Digitize Generation".  As we work together, and share our documents and information more quickly and easily, others will not have to trace the same steps you have walked.  They can, instead, move forward into less travelled or undiscovered territory. 
  A.  Photo and Document Scanning and Editing -by Mike Bringhurst.  Using free software, lear n how easy it is to scan your files, label them and share them digitally.  How great would it be if everyone could share their old photos and precious documents with everyone in the family and basically for free.
  B.  new.FamilySearch [part 1] - by Tom and Cindy Urban.  The Church sponsored program is ever changing and has so much to offer.  Get to know your way around it, its purpose and how to help get "the book of life" correct and up to date.
  C.  new.FamilySearch [part 2] - by Tom and Cindy Urban.  You may have had no idea how much genealogy help there is at this site, and you may be surprised by how much new is coming all the time.  This class is not a repeat of the previous hour.  It continues on to help you discover this amazing tool.
  D.  Indexing - by Loreta Whicker.  What a blessing you indexers are in the lives of the genealogist and those deceased!  It is you that makes it easier to find our family names and have success as we research.  Come learn how to index so that you, too, can experience the great Spirit of Elijah.

Classroom #4:  Record Groups and How To Use Them Efficiently - a bit more advanced classes
  A.  Scandinavian Research  by John and Linda Larsen.  There are a few things you will need to know as you look for your ancestors from Denmark, Sweden and other Scandinavian areas. This class will give you hints and sites that will help you along the way. A must attend for anyone searching these areas.  Once you learn the basics of researching from this class, you should be ready to get right in and start looking for records of your own.
  B. Filing Basics/Starting Right - by Dean Wood. A class that will bless the novices life, but also those who have found themselves needing some suggestions on how to make their storage work better for them.
 C.  It's Here:  The 1940 Census -  by Gordon and Carolyn Casper.  All census are a bit different and this one is a goldmine of information.  However, knowing a bit about how to maneuver through it will help you find your family and the information you seek. 
  D.  But I've Already Checked the Church Records!  by Gordon and Carolyn Casper.  Now where do I go?  Church records are often the most viewed records for information about life events but there are many other places you can look.  This class will focus on other resources available in the United States and England.

Classroom #5:  What's Next?  for the genealogist who is pretty comfortable and ready to branch out.

  A. The Hidden Resources of by Claire V Brisson-Banks. has much to offer everyone who visits, online databases, online classes, online help, discussion areas, a research wiki, blogs, tech tips, a catalog, guides to help one research and so much more. This live online session will step through FamilySearch and take a look at the often not noticed resources available to help locate one's ancestors.
  B. Genealogy & Family History – The Perfect Social Media by Claire V Brisson-Banks.  Web 2.0 provides the perfect way to record and share family history. Internet and mobile-based tools are everywhere. New technology strategies allow for harnessing a network of genealogy communities and locating long lost relatives. Online collaboration, instant communications, e-family histories, documents online and virtual environments bring genealogical research into the 21st century.
  C.  Urban Research:  My Guy Is Like a Needle In a Haystack! by Julie Hammond.   But, if you know the secrets to researching large cities you may find your ancestors listed every year with vocation and address.  Urban research made easier - come and learn how.
  D.  British Isle Research: by Julie Hammond.  Time to go across the pond and get your feet wet in England and surrounding area?  This is where you will want to start.  This class will alleviate much of the fear you may experience as you begin looking through British records in your search to find more.

Not taught but handouts included:  Deciphering Handwriting - by Vivian Rowlette.   If you have seen the transition of writing through the years, you will know that it is a bit difficult to read old script.  There are some great helps, that will be shared in this class, to help you be able to more easily read it.  Learning some of the basics taught here will be a blessed tool to possess.

The notes from these classes will be compiled in a syllabus and available for presale at about $5 each.  This will help you in class as you know which notes you need to take, and allow you to read through the information presented in other classes.  There will only be a few extra ordered so be sure and pre-order yours.  The information will also be available online on this blog after the conference.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Looking forward to the 3rd Annual Conference with our keynote speaker:
Glenn Rawson is a radio and television personality known for being the voice of the inspirational stories on the Sounds of Sunday program and for being the writer, producer and host of KJZZ Television's The Joseph Smith Papers and KSL Television's History of the Saints TV series.
Rawson was born in Idaho. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 18 and later served as a Mormon missionary in Iowa. He received a bachelors degree in wildlife and range management at Brigham Young University and later received a masters degree in educational administration from Idaho State University.
For several years Rawson was a full-time seminary and institute teacher. He was also a frequent speaker at various Especially For Youth sessions. In 1995 Rawson was recruited by a fellow ward member Carl Watkins to share stories on a radio program entitled Sounds of Sunday on KLCE. Syndication of this program began in 2005. A collection of inspirational stories by Rawson entitled In the Midst of Thee has also been published.
Rawson is currently working on a Ph.D. in political science and constitutional law.
Rawson and his wife, the former Debra Hemsley, are the parents of seven children.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

3rd Annual Family History Conference Planned

Planning is underway for the 3rd Annual Pahvant Family History Fair/Conference. It will be held in Delta, October 13, 2012 in the Delta High School.

We hope to have a series of classes for beginners and another for basic computer instruction.

Other suggestions have been Legacy, RootsMagic, England Research, Organizing hard copies of Genealogy, Specifics on different Record Types, Suggestions for writing a personal history, computer scrapbooking and keeping up with new technology. If you have any other suggestions please leave a comment on this post. We will be checking back.

Great Day in Fillmore

Now that the conference is over, we want to share a few photos of the events of the day. So many willing hands, and such great talent shared made the conference a huge success.

We appreciated the facilities and thought it worked very well for our conference.
Next year we will work harder at getting the Internet reliable for the classes. I believe this was the only real problem we found.

The displays couldn't have been nicer. Thank you to everyone who willingly shared their treasures with us. It was beautiful.

"Duane's" catered our lunch and we so appreciate their efforts. The Relief Society assisted and many comments were handed in saying how much they appreciated the "wonderful, quick meal". Thanks to all involved.

The classes were taught by very knowledgeable teachers, motivating and instructing. Thank you to all of them for the time and effort they put in to prepare for their presentations. Comments on the evaluation sheets said nothing but good about all of the instructors and their presentations. We were very blessed with great teachers again this year.

Thanks to all those that attended. We estimate we have about 225 in attendance with 20 classes to choose from throughout the day. It was hard not to be able to attend every class.

"Ask a Pro" was something new this year. Attendees came with questions
and were able to receive 'one-on-one' help and suggestions. This was a great addition to our conference.

A big "Thank-You" to the Fillmore Stake for hosting this year. They did a great job with their committee containing members of the three stakes involved.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

2nd Annual Tri-Stake Conference

Forever Families: The Perfect Gift

Plans are well underway for our local family history conference being held in Fillmore, Utah on September 17, 2011 from 9 am to 3 pm. It will be held at the Millard High School and some wonderful classes are being planned.

Stop back by in a month or so and the classes will be listed.

Registration for the conference can be done by simply filling out the form on the left. Be sure and scroll down so that the entire form can be filled out and submitted.

If you are later registering you are still very welcome to come. The early registration is so that we will be able to print a syllabus out for you. If you register late, you will most likely not receive a printed syllabus but we are planning on putting it online and you can download the information from each class from the link [we will put on this blog once it is available].

We look forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Rough Draft of Classes

8:00 - 8:45 am Registration between Millard High Auditorium and Gym in Fillmore
9:00 - 10:15 am Opening Session in the Auditorium: President and Sister Ed Pinegar
10:30 - 11:15 am

  • Responsibilities of Priesthood Leadership in Family History - Monroe/Robison

  • Photo Scanning and Editing - Mike Bringhurst

  • Pioneer Research - Karen Chatland

  • Introduction to New FamilySearch - Tom Urban

  • Are You Buried Under a Mountain of Paper? - Cheryl Waterfall

11:30 - 12:15

  • Family History Consultant Training - Max & Ruth Seamons

  • Using Your Family to Write Histories, Women of Faith, Men of Valor - S & M Jacobson

  • Hitting Brick Walls - Julie Hammond

  • Basic Research, Notes and Sources - Manja Midgley

  • I Have Images, Now What? - Cheryl Waterfall

12:15 - 1:45 pm Lunch in the Lunchroom

1:00 - 1:45 pm

  • Descendency Research - Ruth Seamons

  • Add Life and Color to Family Histories and Books - Roger and Moana Wilcox

  • Google Earth - Julie Hammond

  • Basic Affiliate Programs for New FamilySearch - Dave Midgley

  • The Fact Ma'am, Only the Facts - Jeanie Timm

2:00 - 2:45 pm

  • How To Use and Contribute to Find-a-Grave - Karen Shurtz

  • Newspaper Research - Vivian Rowlette

  • Scottish Research - George Richardson

  • Introduction to New FamilySearth - Tom Urban

  • Be a Desktop Detective - Jeanie Timm

2:50-3:00 pm Evaluations and gifts

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

FamilyHistory Conference a Great Success

Check back next year for another wonderful conference. We will start advertising about July.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

It's Not Too Late!

There is still time to register for the family history conference on October 30th, but don't wait too much longer. We need to have your registration before the 15th so we can get a CD syllabus burned for you and if you want a printed syllabus or to buy a lunch we can also get those ordered.

However, if you don't register and decide on the 30th that you can come you are still very welcome. All of the classes will still be open and you are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Even if you can only come for a couple of hours we would love to see you there.

Registration will begin on the north side of the stake center, but will be closed during the opening session. It will resume shortly after. We look forward to seeing you there.

Don't forget the classes are all free of charge.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Search and Rescue Family History Conference

Held at the Delta Utah Stake Center
125 S. White Sage
Delta, UT 84624
(across from the Hospital)

We are excited about our upcoming Family History Conference and hope you will be able to join us for the full day. Another bit of exciting news - it's free.

More information will be posted at a later date but here is a quick overview.

8:00 - 8:45 Registration
9:00 - 10:00 Opening Session Speakers: Ed and Patricia Pinegar, Manti Temple President and Matron
10:15 - 11:00 Session #1
11:15 - 12:00 Session #2
12:05 - 1:00 Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 Session #3
2:15 - 3:00 Session #4
Ed J. Pinegar is a Latter-day Saint author, educator and leader. Brother Pinegar received his bachelor's degree from BYU and his degree in dentistry from the University of Southern California. He is married to Patricia P. Pinegar. Brother Pinegar is a well-loved speaker at Education Week. He is currently searving as the president of the Manti, Utah Temple.
Patricia Peterson Pinegar was the ninth general president of the Primary, where she developed the Achievement Days program for 8-11 year old girls to parallel the Club Scouting program utilized for Primary boys of the same age. She also has served as second counselor to Janette C. Hales in the general presidency of the Church's Young Women's Organization.
They are the parents of eight children.

There will be some really great classes. Please choose one class for each session.
Session #1
Discovering the Story Behind the Name by Ron Morris
Beginning/Pioneer Ancestry Research by Karen Chatland (basicclass)
Pictures for Your Pedigree by Mike Bringhurst
Family History for Kids by Marilee Lewis

Session #2
Hitting Brick Walls by Julie Hammons
Organizing Your Records by Dean Wood
Family History Cookbooks by Desiree Rhoades
Keys to Research by David Larsen

Session #3
Google Earth: Land and Migration by Julie Hammons
Spiritual Gift by Tafta Watson (basic)
Indexing by Amy Wright
Writing Your Life Story by LaWanna Peterson

Session #4
Searching LDS Records by Gordon Wright
Census Help: Hints & Tips by Pam Chapman
Sourcing - The Often Missed Vital Step by Allyson Wood
The Google Genealogist by Vivian Rowlette

Summary of Classes:
Discovering the Story Behind the Name by Ron Morris. Ron Morris was born and raised in Hinckley, Utah. After graduating from BYU he began a teaching career at West Valley College in Saratoga, California. Thirty years later he retired and moved to Provo, Utah and began researching the lives of his ancestors. As a zoology graduate student he conducted life history studies on Amphibians in Utah, and Reptiles at the Atomic Energy Test Site in Nevada. As a teacher he taught courses in Zoology and Human Genetics. It was only natural to transfer these interests and skills to researching the lives of his ancestors. He is currently on the board of trustees of the "Grafton Heritage Partnership Project" to preserve the historic ghost town of Grafton in Southern Utah and chronicle the lives of its early settlers. http://

His research has been referenced twice in the LDS Church News: Family history moments: Mission connection, Published: Saturday, June 14, 2008
connection.html Remembering Grafton: Descendants of early Church pioneers gather for annual
reunion, Published: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009

Beginning/Pioneer Ancestry Research by Karen Chatland R.N., BSN, MS. Karen was born and raised in Utah. Married Clyde R. Chatland, they have three married children. By profession, is an RN - career Chief Nursing Officer of several large Corporations. Her job has provided opportunities for living in Utah, Texas, Illinois, and Missouri. She vowed that when she retired from nursing she would seriouly pursue Family History and Genealogy.
After retirement while living in Missouri she signed up for the at its inseption. The St. Louis Temple district was one of the first to use the nfs. Karen served for a Beta site for 2 1/2 years while there and continues to participate. Now serving as a Ward Family history Consultant and ward Missionary.

Beginning genealogy is fun, exciting and rewarding. You will be ready to embark on a journey of Discovery, Adventure and Mystery. Your discovery will begin in gathering information from home sources. Your adventure will be in utilizing Pioneer, Utah and other valuable internet sites. You will encounter mystery as you go your own Pioneer trek. Our goal is to find ancestors names and perform Temple Ordinances for them.

Pictures for Your Pedigree by Mike Bringhurst. Mike Bringhurst has spent the last six years as the ward family history consultant and loved every minute of it. That is, except for the times when he feels like he has not been able to answer a question about family history. He volunteered to be a Family & Church History Worldwide Support missionary in 2008-9. His calling was to provide phone support for the New Family Search system. It was a great
experience. Software development and support has been his profession and helped to provide many answers to questions about this new world of Genealogy and Family History. Mike is currently working with his mother to create a history of his father and mother. Being involved in Famliy History is a great journey!

Presentation description:
You have spent a great deal of time researching your family history and in the course found many pictures to help bring your ancestors to life. You have also spent time organizing those pictures in cardboard boxes, or scrap books, or in directories on your computer, or on a pen/thumb drive, or your favorite genealogy software.

Now, someone in your family is finally showing interest in what you are doing and would like to see some of it. Especially the pictures. Or better yet. You want to share your treasures with your children and grand children.

The question now is, how? How do you give them something that they will be able to find a year from now? How will you help them to keep all the people in the picture straight? How can you add more pictures of great grandpa that you later find without making what they had obsolete?

This presentation will show you a way to organize all your pictures, identify everyone in each picture and
make them all available in an organized pedigree way.

Family History for Kids by Marilee Lewis. "When is the best time to start doing family history work with my children?" "Where do I start?" "HOW do I start?" The answers: "Now," At the beginning" and "With them." Genealogy For All ages will offer games, activities, stories, and practical suggestions for involving your entire family in family history work.

Google Earth: Land and Migration by Julie Bliss Hammons. Google earth is free and it can be very helpful – and fun – in locating ancestors, sorting them out from people of the same name, locating their records, and tracking their migration. Learn how to use this tool of Google and you will be amazed at what you may find.

Learn about:

The importance of Maps and Land Records in your Research-

How to find other family members-

Find when your ancestor arrived and/or left an area-

Understand Geography and its importance in your searches-

Learn how to Download Google earth-

Tour your ancestors neighborhood-

Save your searches in a folder-

Share your searches with family-

Set up a migration track and use a virtual tour

Locate cemeteries-

Use 'Street View' to take a virtual tour of your ancestors land-

Use commercial and .jpg maps with Google Earth-

Use those descriptions to “fly” directly to your ancestors property-

Breaking Brick Walls - Julie Bliss Hammons
(Over Around or Through)
Julie lived her early years in Hinckley and Abraham Utah where her Bliss and Theobald Families were early settlers, moving later to Spanish Fork Utah. Julie is a wife, mother and grandmother and a professional genealogy researcher. She has researched for many years, and been on staff at the local LDS Family History Center for thirteen years, two years as Director. She takes clients for limited projects, consults, teaches, and present at workshops. Jule makes regular visits to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Memberships include NEGHS, and Daughters of the Utah Pioneers [DUP, Northern Arizona Genealogical Society [NAGS].
When your research comes to point where you can’t seem to go any farther it is
referred to as a ‘brick wall’. This class will help you find strategies to move backward
in time by guiding you through traditional records, often underused records, and online
websites. We will also cover using your computer to help you with your research.
  • Serious evaluation of what you have
  • Family traditions a stepping stone or stumbling block
  • Creating and using timelinesUsing the - 1850 census records
  • Finding under-used records [city directories, tax lists, etc]
  • Cluster Research - the magic bullet
  • Local and online libraries
  • Historical Societies
  • Records Checklists for more complete searches
  • Value of a Research Log
  • Free online websites
  • Finding others who are searching your family.
Most people who need a help to jump start their research will find that the answers
focus on taking apart brick walls -- brick by brick.

Organizing Your Records by Dean Wood. Dean has lived with family history for most of his life, (on the kitchen table, on the couch, on the bed), but somewhere along the line he was bitten by the bug. He was raised in St. George and moved with his little family to Delta 24 years ago. With his engineering and business background he realizes the importance of getting your information organized. He has tried a few different systems and believes this system can work for most people. Come and see how easy it can be.

Not sure what to do with all of those Family History papers? Tired of re-arranging your filing system every five years? Looking for a paper filing system that will expand with your research? This is the class for you! Designed for beginners and intermediate level researchers, this class will teach you how to organize your paperwork and will offer ideas for expansion in the future.

Family History Cookbooks by Desiree Rhoades. So often our stories and recipes are lost as generations pass away, but with research, organization and writing you can ensure this doesn’t happen in your family. A family memoirs that focuses upon such memories is a wonderful way to preserve some of your families history, and you can ensure that you never forget some of your most comforting moments in life. This class will help you learn the steps necessary to make an heirloom cookbook.

8 Sources for Successful Searching by David Larsen. David Larsen is a long time resident of Hinckley, Utah. David was born in Brigham City where he shares that one common thread with all nineteen of his aunts and uncles. Smitten with the genealogy bug about five years ago he has traversed the state of Utah, visiting family history libraries, county court houses, public libraries and the back rooms of local newspaper businesses. He loves walking through cemeteries looking for ancestors old headstone, time-worn and vigilant in their silent guard. David and his wife Marg work at the Delta Family History Center. He loves family and family history especially anything Scottish.
. . Class will highlight the following 8 sources:
1. It begins with a family (family traditions, reunions, interviews, blog)
2. Journals (personal journals, ancestors, Googling and special collections)
3. Searching Cemeteries (Utah Cemetery database, local history research, sharing information, contacting the cemetery sexton)
4. Using the Internet tool (New.familysearch, Google, Utah death certificates,
5. Newspapers (searching newspaper archives, online newspapers, digitized newspapers)
6. National Archives and Probate Records (War Veteran's and Widow pensions, wills and testaments, divorces, jail time, legal matters)
7. Libraries (Family History Libraries, Public Libraries, Online Libraries)
8. Genealogists (Genealogists for hire, volunteer groups)

The Perfect Gift: A Spiritual Foundation for Family History with 16 Steps to Take When Beginning new.familysearch by Tafta Watson Whether you are just beginning or have been working in family history for decades, we all need a spiritual lift. Come get a spiritual boost to help you start or to keep going in family history work. We will also cover how to work in a logical order in new FamilySearch. If you are just beginning, it will give you a direction to take. If you are skilled in new FamilySearch, it will give you a road map to help others.

Indexing by Amy Wright. Amy began doing record extraction in 1988, writing the information
onto cards from copies of images. Started data entry on the computer
soon after. Became the Family Record Extraction Director for Delta
Utah West Stake Sep 2002 and took CD images and hand extraction
all over the stake. Transitioned to indexing when it started and have
seen many changes. Am on the Project Completion Team for indexing,
a team that finishes the hard to read projects. Amy continue to do record
extraction in UDE to get projects finished for publication.
In my spare time I help my husband farm, substitute at the
Elementary School, teach piano lessons, chair the Hinckley Town P&Z
commission, enjoy the DUP and am a full time mom. Grandma to 2
fantastic granddaughters and 4 grand kitties.


What is it?
Where are the records kept?
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Writing Your Life Story by LaWanna Peterson. We have been placed on earth to learn. Our first question about anything we are trying learn is usually, "Where do I start?" Genealogy begins with that question. The experts tell us, "Start at the very beginning . Start with you.

What could help you know yourself better than to write about you? The product of that activity is called an autobiography or a history written by oneself. This class has been included in this conference schedule hoping to give you an incentive to start. During the 45 minutes allotted to this subject, we hope to explore the why, where, when, who and how of writing a personal history. The tools used will be examples of other histories, suggestions of approaching the act and how to put those suggestion into action. The big aim of the class is to give you the confidence and desire to DO IT!

Searching LDS Records by Gordon Wright. The objective of this session is to give the participant an overview of various records relating to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It will include a discussion of various sources including: ward membership records, minutes of ward and stake meetings, Church census records, the Early Church Information File and the Journal History of the Church and so on. There will also be a brief discussion of Endowment House and early temple records. Some examples will be shown and discussed

Census Help: Hints & Tips by Pam Chapman
Graduate from Weber State with a Bachelor of Science degree and a mother of four children. Pam love Censuses! She has actively been doing genealogy for the past five years but has been around genealogy research all her life through her mother. Pam is currently serving at the Delta Family History Center. This class provides hints and tips and information about the US census, state, nonpopulation, & special censuses in finding ancestors.

Sourcing - The Often Missed Vital Step by Allyson Wood Allyson has been doing genealogy work since she was 14, full time for the past 17 years. Lucky enough to come from a family that believes strongly in this work she has been locating family names for her aunts, uncles and cousins to take to the temple. Two of her favorite life experiences were her 4 week trip to Switzerland in 2006 and a cemetery trip to Kentucky with her husband. She has a firm testimony that the Lord will help this work move along and that it is, indeed, the greatest and grandest work we can do.

President Hinckley called for a reduction in duplication.New.familysearch has started us down that road, and citing where the information can be found and documenting it well may be what takes us the rest of the way. With sources attached to each bit of information most of the questions will be answered and can be easily corrected as the errors are found. Adding documentation and sources will save you and others a great deal of time from that point on and it's easy. Come and learn the basics of citing sources and how easy it is to do it. If you source this way, you may never have to go to your paper files again - everything will be as close as the click of a mouse.

The Google Genealogist by Vivian Rowlette Vivian Rowlette is a family history fanatic. If you don't want your ear talked off, don't ask me a family history question. :) She has served as the director of the Delta Utah Family History Center, and is currently a ward consultant and a trainer for the Delta FHC. This class will teach how to narrow the search from thousands of hits to five or so relevant hits. We will also cover error messages, alerts and definitions.
Please register before October 1st for the conference.
A lunch will be provided for those that order before October 1st. Cost will be about $7.50. Feel free to bring a sack lunch or visit neighboring eateries as an alternative.
Also, if you would like a pre-printed syllabus they will need to also be pre-ordered.
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Phone: (435)864-3312
Online Registration: see the box below and click on ONLINE REGISTRATION.
Pahvant Valley Family History Conference
Delta Family History Center
Box 395
Delta, Ut 84624