Monday, September 18, 2017


Welcome to our information blog for the upcoming 2017 Milwaukie Stake Family History Conference.

Once again, to begin our conference, Hannah Z. Allan will be our Keynote Speaker. If you have not heard her presentations before, you are in for a real treat. Her lively, upbeat personality makes her presentations so much fun to listen to and are extremely informative. All adults and youth, please join us at 9:00 AM in the chapel to kick-off our 2017 Family History Conference.

In addition to the regular classes, we are trying something new this year. During all three sessions, there will be a photo restoration workshop/lab. This live workshop will be conducted by Scott G. Edwards. Scott will scan and edit old or damaged photos live on a giant flatscreen monitor, and anyone is free to stop by the workshop and observe and ask questions. If you have a photo or document that you would like to have scanned and repaired as part of the workshop, please contact Scott at so the photo can be evaluated prior to the conference for appropriateness. You may also bring an original photo and a jump-drive to the workshop for consideration on the day of the conference. Only photos that can be repaired during the conference time constraints will be considered.

The morning session has five classes (one is being taught in Spanish). Two of these classes will be repeated during the two afternoon sessions.
After the third session, the Family History Center will be open until 4:00 PM for research or questions.

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 starting on 25 September.  For lunch planning, we ask that you please preregister if possible.  (However, if you are unable to preregister, you may register at the event. All walk-ins are welcome).

We will be providing a FREE lunch between Session 1 and Session 2 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 three sessions of the conference. 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.

Debra K Edwards - Stake Temple and Family History Consultant  Lead for the Milwaukie Stake Family History Center.