BY MELINDA WILLIAMS
Clipper Staff Writer
WOODS CROSS — The 16th annual South Davis Family History Fair is set this year for April 19-20 С much later than usual С and the venue has been changed to Woods Cross High School.
But the event is going on, with keynote speakers scheduled Friday night and Saturday morning, a greater number of advanced classes and more computer hands-on type classes, said Utah Genealogical Association Board Member Ginny Ackerson.
Through the years, the fair has grown. Attendance neared 1,200 people last year, Ackerson said. That’s one of the reasons fair organizers changed venues from Bountiful High School to Woods Cross High School.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best family history fairs around, especially for the price,” Ackerson said.Registration is $10 for UGA members and $15 for non-members if completed before April 17. A printed syllabus will cost $15 for UGA members and $20 for non-members, and a lunch will be available for $6.
Word of the fair has spread since its inception. Once hosted by several south Davis stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,the quality of classes drew an increasing number of attendees. In recent years, attendees have come from across the Wasatch Front and beyond.
Last year, someone came to the conference from Blanding, and a group of Ackerson’s friends from Springville came. Others regularly come down from Idaho and Wyoming.
“Since its reputation has grown, we’ve sent e-mails to family history consultants and centers, which spread the word,” Ackerson said.
The thing that makes the south Davis fair so popular is the quality of presenters.
“These are professional genealogists who attend and present a lot of the classes,” Ackrson said. “They’re really superb.”
The Friday evening keynote address begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. It will be offered by Denise May Levenick, “The Family Curator”, speaker and author of “How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records.”
Saturday’s keynote is open only to conference participants, and will be offered by David Rencher, chief genealogical officer for FamilySearch. He will speak on “Preserve the Pensions С The Community Makes a Difference.”
Classes include one offered by Jean Naisbilt, entitled, “Bore Relatives With Your Family History? Learn Creative and Fun Ways to Pique Their Interest Through Use of Stories, Photos, Games, Blogs, Videos and Sharing in the Cloud.”
Another, offered by Ruth Maness, is called “Please Papa May I Go?: Records created Via the Emigration/Immigration Process.”
For registration information, go to ugagenealogy.org.
Organizers are also looking for volunteers. Contact Kim Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.