Seven family history organizations are partnering to sponsor “Treasure Your Roots” genealogy conference from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 5700 N Kelley Ave. The conference fee of $10 includes a box lunch.
Keynote speaker is Thom Reed, global outreach manager for FamilySearch International. A former communications professional, Reed now has oversight of the FamilySearch International work in Africa and the Pacific.
Conference participants can choose up to four sessions from the 20 classes offered. They can also get one-on-one help with FamilySearch in the computer lab and visit vendor booths.
Lectures include instruction on probate and wills, DNA testing, passenger lists, beginning family history, beginning African-American family history and beginning Native American research.
Other classes include African-American military records, using Google for family history research, using the federal census, the African-American Freedmen’s Bureau Project, using newspapers for research and writing a family history. Genealogists of all experience levels, including people with no experience searching for their ancestors, can find classes to match their skill levels.
To register and for a complete list of classes, go to treasureyourroots2018.com.