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Monday, June 15, 2015

RootsTech Pittsburgh Family Discovery Day 2015

The registration desk
We had an excellent time at RootsTech Pittsburgh on Saturday. As expected, the speakers were marvelous, and there was a great turnout. We are so grateful to everyone who contributed to this marvelous event. Here are a few photos that give you a feel for the day.

We were privileged to have Marlene Bransom, president of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) attend and present.

Presenter Ted Dillenburg of with Dwight Ferguson, one of the organizers of the event.

At one point, there was only one empty parking spot!


Ed Snodgrass - Using Family History Centers

Victoria Ridley (AAHGS) - African American Genealogy 101

Jonathan Harbuck (Google) - Google Your Ancestors

Laura MacBeth - Using

Kay Mosser and Bonnie Kerry - Using Puzzilla to Find Ancestors

Internet Cafe

In the Internet Cafe, guests could go and get individual help from the family history assistants and volunteers.

Youth came to participate in a youth indexing challenge.


Thank you to all who helped organize this event and who attended. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we view family history as a collective effort that strengthens individuals and unites families. The church has many family history resources, which we are happy to share with the public, but we also recognize that we have much to learn as we collaborate with other people and resources in the community. This event is one way we bring family history resources together and make them more accessible to all, so we are grateful that so many members of our community participated in RootsTech Pittsburgh Family Discovery Day.

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