Registration & Keynote

8:30am - 9:00am

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Registration

9:00am - 10:00am
Keynote Address

Judy Lunt

Keynote Address

Class Session 1 10:00am - 10:50am

Chapel
Family History for Leaders

Jonathan Clark

Family History for Leaders

This session will present ways Church leaders can inspire their ward members to be involved in and enthusiastic about Family History.

Relief Society Room
San Antonio Geneology & Historical Society

Cindy Kennedy

San Antonio Geneology & Historical Society

Come learn about the wonderful resources and learning opportunities available at the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS)! SAGHS is an organization with a mission to teach and promote genealogical and historical research, publish and preserve records, and increase awareness of genealogy and history. We maintain an outstanding library of over 15,000 books, publish an award-winning semiannual journal and society books, and conduct educational seminars, classes, and workshops. In addition, through our First Families of Bexar County Program, we recognize descendants of people who were in Bexar County in 1850 or before.

Young Women Room
Choosing a DNA test?

Julia George

Choosing a DNA test?

Are you interested in investigating your DNA or that of other family members but are uncertain about which test to choose? This presentation is intended to help you make an educated choice and will include not only information about a variety of DNA tests and testing companies but also so of the caveats to be considered.

Primary Room
Searching Archives

Brityn Willis Bennett

Searching Archives

Learn from a historical society librarian to search archives with confidence! Archives are treasure troves for the historical detective, but can be intimidating. You’re not the only one who doesn’t know where to start! We’ll begin with the basics of archival research—both online and in person. Then learn what to know and do in preparation for and during your visit to the National Archives (NARA) and other Texas archives.

Class Session 2 11:00am - 11:50am

Chapel
Native American Research

Nancy McLarry

Native American Research

This session will help those of all tribes to trace their ancestry in this area, and will give you tips on where to look for information. There are a lot more documents about the Native Americans than what people think. You will want to be a part of the Native American tribes when you hear what Nancy has to say!

Relief Society Room

Andrew D. Crews

An Introduction to Texana/Genealogy Resources at the San Antonio Public Library

Since 1995, the Texana/Genealogy Department has been located on the sixth floor of the Central Library at 600 Soledad Street downtown. The department occupies approximately 10,000 square feet. Within the Department are approximately 60,000 microforms, 75,000 books, 110 drawers of archival files, 11 map cabinets, and 300 cubic feet of archival collections. This session will introduce you to books, databases, web sites, and information on microfilm held by the Texana/Genealogy Department.

Young Women Room
Are you learning everything the census can tell you?

Julia George

Are you learning everything the census can tell you?

Do you look beyond the first few columns in a census record? Both national and state census reports can provide a lot of information beyond where someone lived and with whom they were living. This presentation will provide information about using the census to identify groups who moved together, status in the community, as well as variations in the information from one census to another.

Primary Room
Internet Safety Tips

Kory England

Internet Safety Tips

Connecting to sources and researching your family and others are easier than ever with the Internet. However, protecting yourself and your family's private information is more important than ever. In this class, you will learn ways to protect your information on the Internet and to connect with others to share information.

Lunch Provided in the Cultural Hall

Class Session 3 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Chapel
The Families of Family History

Natalie Haughawout

The Families of Family History

You will learn to connect different families, organizations, websites, libraries, and communities to further your family history research. You will hopefully get new inspiration and tools to knock down some of your family tree brick walls.

Relief Society Room
Using the Family History Center

Sherry Grabill

Using the Family History Center

Learn about the wealth of online records available for your research with trained consultants who can assist in your search for family members. We have recently upgraded technical equipment, minimal costs of printing records, and ongoing classes with hands-on experience, proficient and skilled instructors.

Young Women Room

Colette Mazey

Intro to Family History Guide

How the Family History Guide can help you learn to use FamilySearch in your genealogy research.

Primary Room
Establishing a Family Search Account / My Family

Jonathan Mansfield

Establishing a Family Search Account / My Family

Come learn how to get signed up for FamilySearch, and how to use some of its basic features.

Class Session 4 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Chapel
From Radar to DNA to Remembrance

Natalie Haughawout

From Radar to DNA to Remembrance

We will be discussing how the Historical Pioneer Research Group (HPRG) uses different scientific methods such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), DNA and different apps to locate lost Family History and Mormon Pioneer History. We will discuss the benefits of DNA testing and where to go afterwards. You will see the benefits this research has for you on “missing” family members on your tree.

Relief Society Room
George Patino Library

Alfredo Guillen

George Patino Library

Learn more about the resources and assistance provided by the Los Bexarenos Genealogical Society at their research library.

Young Women Room

Colette Mazey

Wills & Probates

How wills and probates can help in family history research along with guidance on using these sources from the Family History Guide.

Primary Room

Samuel Chavez

Adding Memories in FamilySearch

Did you know you can share written, audio, and video memories of an ancestor directly in FamilySearch? This session will show you how.