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Houston Family History Day

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

Houston Family History Day

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The Houston Family History Day is FREE to attend, however, pre-registration is requested. A paper ticket is not necessary. The classes will fill up on a first come, first serve basis.

The Houston Family History Day will be held in connection with, the premier geneolocial and family history conference in the world.

This years Family History Day will broadcast videos from this years RootsTech conference.

The Family History Center will be open during the hours of the Day for those who may have individual questions or who may be seeking help on searching for a particular ancestor or family line.

Lunch will not be provided. However, you are free to bring a sack lunch (there is no storage for this, so you will need to plan accordingly) and a list of eating establishments in the immediate area will be available as well. Tables will be set up to accomodate those who either bring their lunch or wish to "drive-through" and bring it back.


1. FamilySearch Family Tree: What's New and What's Next 

Discuss the features that have been added to Family Tree since the last RootsTech and how to use them. Plus a roadmap of the next coming features.

2. Top 10 Things I Learned About My Family from My Couch

New to genealogy and short on time? You can make amazing discoveries using online resources! These true research examples demonstrate the breadth of materials available and suggest next steps for when you have time to go deeper.

3. How to Interview Yourself for a Personal History

You have stories in your head and heart that may seem miles away from words on a page. We will teach you interview techniques to use on yourself to get you talking—and no, you’re not crazy to do this.

4. How to Scan an Elephant:  Digitizing Your Family History from Artifact to Zombie

Go beyond the flatbed scanner to achieve best results with your digital camera, mobile scanner, or smartphone to digitize awkward keepsakes and oversize items. Discover new archival storage options including DVDs, cloud storage, and more.

5. Facebook is Family History: engaging young people in their own stories

Why do Facebook and other sites continue to be so popular? Come learn why young people get so excited about sharing pieces of their stories online and what can be done to channel this excitement into the genealogy community.

6. Connecting Past, Present, and Future Through Stories: Member Part 1

 In this class, you will learn how to discover, preserve, and share your family stories with others using and the My Family Stories that Bring Us Together booklet. 

7. FamilySearch and Beyond: New Resources for Members

Focusing on family history resources for LDS Church members

8. Sharing Your Family History with Multimedia

Learn how to share your research through new and visually interesting ways with easy-to-use software and websites. Even those with no experience can easily create a great product.

9. Become an iPad Power User

Move beyond apps into iPad power usage. Lisa Louise Cooke, author of Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, shares hacks for customizing your tablet's browsers and bookmarks, app organization and search, harnessing accessibility features, and Evernote tricks.

10. Effective Database Search Tactics

Your research success depends on knowing the best way to search each different collection. Boolean, truncation, keyword, fielded data, proximity, phrase, wild cards and wild words are not foreign terms, but rather your keys to genealogical success!

11. A Beginners Guide to Going Paperless

This introduction to digital organization will go over the basics of scanning, formatting and organizing your paper and "born-digital" documents. If you don’t know where to begin, this is the session for you.

12. 5 Ways to Do Genealogy in Your Sleep

Powerful techniques for doing genealogy research, leveraging 

Internet searches, alerts, and messages. Use these tools to multiply your genealogy efforts. Find family members investing small amounts of time, and allow the research to work itself, even while you sleep.

13. Storytelling Super Powers: How to Come Off as Your Family's Genealogy Hero

Have you considered your role as keeper of your family’s history? Tap into superpowers you might not even know you have and learn how others are saving their own family history. It’s easier than you might think!

14. From Chaos to C.A.L.M.--Organizing Digital Photos for Use in a Life Story Project

Do you have photos spilling out of shoe boxes? A computer full of photos with names such as DSC_00067899? We will show you a foolproof method for taming the chaos and organizing digital photos to enjoy, share, and preserve.

15. Tweets, Links, Pins, and Posts: Break Down Genealogical Brick Walls with Social Media

Social networking provides genealogists with unprecedented access to places, people and resources. This session will demonstrate how to use Blogs, Wikis, and other social media to find cousins, share information, and break down brick walls in your genealogy research.

16. Getting the Most Out of

Are you getting the most out of your subscription? During this hour we will cover the five major areas of the website and show you our favorite tools for advancing your family history research.

17. Put Family in Family History: Fun Family History Activities

 “Turning the hearts” doesn’t just mean towards your ancestors. Family history can help build family bonds. Walk away from this session with practical activities that your family can do for family home evenings, reunions, and vacations.

18. Genealogy in the Cloud

In this presentation, you will learn how to use this incredible technology to backup, collaborate on, and share your family history. You will also learn how to avoid problems that can arise from using cloud storage for family history.

19. Using Tools and Organization for Creating a Valuable Family History Blog

James Tanner of Genealogy’s Star is the blogger for top genealogy blogs on the Web. He will share some of his suggestions for creating a valuable family history blog for communicating with your relatives around the world.

20. Intro to DNA for Genealogists

Family historians are presented with many tools in the category of Genetics and DNA. This session is the first and will introduce the concepts and methods used in applying DNA results to Genealogy pursuits

21. Information Overload: Managing Online Searches and Their Results

When using a search engine pressing Search often yields an large amount of search results. Discover ways to manage online searches and read between the lines" of your results. This presentation includes search engines and popular family history websites.


The Houston Family History Day is an event where people of all ages learn to discover and share their family stories and connections through technology. 


Have questions about Houston Family History Day? Contact The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We are located in the Friendswood Texas Stake Center (where this event is being held).  The center is open to the public for those who are interested in doing (or in learning to do) their family history research.  We have several services including free access to paid sites such as,, and several others.  We welcome any interested in learning or researching their family history to visit us.

Our address is 505 Deseret Drive, Friendswood, Texas 77546 

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