Thursday−Saturday Workshops

The 2019 pre-conference will include an African American Seminar and an Irish Seminar on Tuesday, 7 May for an additional fee with advanced registration. Each workshop has limited seating. Registration includes a special syllabus, five lectures, lunch, and networking opportunities. The all-day programs, which start promptly at 8:15 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., will offer helpful hints and suggestions to enrich your research. Conference registration is not required to attend these workshops. Cost for either workshop is $110.

ADVANCED CHROMOSOME MAPPING USING DNA PAINTER WORKSHOP (T261) $35 Sold Out, please click the blue bar at the bottom of the page to be added to the waitlist.

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center
Date and Time: Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Speaker: Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
Using the DNA Painter tools, we will examine advanced methodologies such as inferred chromosome mapping. Space is limited to 30 attendees so register early.


Get help from Family History Library specialists in six two-hour workshop sessions, Thursday−Saturday for a $35 fee per workshop. Seating is limited so register early. Workshops will focus on German, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, Swedish, and Native American heritage. These workshops will be held 2 blocks from the Salt Palace at the Family History Library, main floor computer lab. Transportation will NOT be provided.

Swedish Research Strategy Workshop (T262)
Date and Time: Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Speakers: Geoff Morris, AG and Savannah Larson
Learn how to approach common problems and tackle them in an efficient way. Elements will include analysis, translation, records, and prioritizing research steps.

Hispanic Research Methodology Workshop (T263)
Date and Time: Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Arturo Cuellar, AG
Learn the research process to finding ancestors in Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Basic research guidelines, finding aids, and language helps, along with a case study.

Ireland: Discovering Where and How They Lived Workshop (F361) – Sold Out
Date and Time: Friday, 22 May 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Craig Foster, AG
Ireland is known for difficult research. This workshop will help people understand Irish jurisdictions, as well as key record groups for doing Irish research.

Strategies for Locating German Records Workshop (F362) – Sold Out
Date and Time: Friday, 22 May 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Camille Andrus, AG
You’ve discovered the town of origin for your German immigrant ancestor, now what? Learn how to locate records from your immigrant’s hometown.

Native American Workshop (S461)
Date and Time: Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Lyn Rasmussen, AG
This workshop will concentrate on using and understanding Native American records held at the Family History Library.

Reading Italian Records Workshop (S462)
Date and Time: Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Speaker: Brandon Baird, AG
Come learn how to read through the Italian civil registration records and church records. Remember you don’t have to speak it to read it!

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at
[email protected] or refer to FAQs.