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Family history fair will feature recorded sessions from RootsTech conference

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Genealogists who missed the national RootsTech conference will be able to watch pre-recorded 2014 RootsTech workshop sessions at the fourth annual Arlington Family History Fair March 1.

The free event will be at the Arlington Family History Center, 3809 Curt Drive, Arlington, 76016. Local genealogists will not believe the great sessions available to them for free from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

This day-long event features general sessions, RootsTech sessions, and concurrent workshops presented by local speakers. Topics include German emigration to Russia, using FamilySearch.org, U.S. ports of entry, American Indian research, finding African American ancestors, scrapbooking, using genealogy apps, and more.

  • 8 a.m.: Registration
  • 9 a.m.: Plenary session from RootsTech, to be determined.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Plenary session from RootsTech, to be determined.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Concurrent sessions from RootsTech, “Who Are the Germans From Russia?,” “FamilySearch 2014: Searching, Finding and Using the Treasures, Part 1,” “NARA at YOUR Fingertips,” “US Ports of Entry: Bring Your Questions!,” “Priesthood Leader Responsibilities, Temple and Family History Work.”
  • 12:30 p.m.: Lunch and visit display booths in gym
  • 1:45 p.m.: Concurrent session from RootsTech, “Where do I Begin My Search?,” “FamilySearch 2014: Searching, Finding and Using the Treasures, Part 2,” “Secrets to American Indian Research,””Way Down in Missouri: Understanding the Ozarks,” “Scrapbooking.”
  • 3 p.m.: Concurrent sessions from RootsTech, “Need Help? Bring Your Questions!” “Using the Power of Google in Family History Research,” “On the Go Genealogy Apps,” “A Pig in a Poke: Misleading and Misused Resources,” “Finding Your African/American Ancestors.”

No pre-registration is required to attend the conference, but it is requested so that organizers have an idea of how many people will attend each session. There is a charge for a complete syllabus and/or box lunch and a deadline of Feb. 25. Registration forms are located on the Arlington Family History Fair website.

The Family History Center hours of operation are Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Call 817-446-7088.

The Arlington Texas Family History Center is hosted by the Arlington Texas Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) - the Mormons - in coordination with other LDS congregations in the region. The center is hosted by volunteers from local LDS congregations and provides family history and genealogy services free of charge to individuals and families. The services they provide are ancillary to and supported by the Family History Library located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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