Thursday, September 15, 2016


Welcome to our information blog for the upcoming 2016 Milwaukie Stake Family History Conference. This year we are doing something a little different - In order to fit into more people's schedules, the two morning sessions each have five classes. Nine of these classes will be repeated during the two afternoon sessions. Linda Gillette's class "Family Search Indexing", will only be offered in the morning session. Cindy Webb's class "Citing Your Sources", will only be offered in the afternoon session.

In addition, during Session #2F and Session #4F, a special class will be held in the Family History Center. This class will offer one-on-one assistance with your family history research and is limited to 8 people per session. You must pre-register for this class (a separate ticket will be available, first-come, first served). Please see the course description for details.

We have a great lineup of  presenters ready to teach you new skills to be used in researching your ancestors. The conference is FREE and everyone is welcome to the event.

Preregistration will be available from 19 September until midnight on 20 October.   For logistical reasons, we ask that you pre-register if possible.  (However, if you are unable to pre-register, you may register at the event, with the exception of the Family History Center class.  All walk-ins are welcome).

We will be providing a FREE lunch between Session 2 and Session 3 for those who register prior to the event.  There will also be cookies and iced water available throughout the conference. There are a few fast-food restaurants in close proximity to the conference for those who opt-out of the FREE lunch.

Please take time to check out the pages listed on the left side of this screen where you can find descriptions of the classes that will be taught during the four sessions of the conference.  Remember, most classes will be taught more than once. Therefore, if you have a class conflict, check to see if the class you want is taught at a different time during another session.. You will also find a page that contains links to the syllabus for each class.  Just click on the link that corresponds to the session number and class that you are interested in and receive the file in PDF format for printing prior to the conference.

If you decide to attend (and we hope you do),  please select the registration page or click on the "Register Now" tab on the countdown timer at the right side of this screen to be taken to our registration site.

Our registration process will provide us with many tools to help us make your experience better.  We will be able to send you updates and reminders automatically, plan for the exact number of attendees in each class, plan the lunch, and many other enhancements including electronic check-in at the event doors.

Finally, after the event we would appreciate your participation in a short online survey that will be sent to each attendee that will help us plan future conferences.

Most of all, thank you for considering our conference.  We hope we see you there.