Hispanic family history conference Saturday

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    By Marie Williams

    Hispanics from around the world will research their ancestry Saturday, Oct. 14, at the 3rd annual Hispanic Family History Conference in the Wilkinson Student Center from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Marcia Chavez, president of Lezago Latino, the Hispanic chapter of the Utah Genealogical Society, said that close to 1,000 attendees are expected.

    Elder D. Todd Christofferson, an LDS General Authority, will preside over the conference.

    The conference features 55 different classes to accommodate everyone from beginners to the expert researcher. Classes will be taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    In terms of Hispanic genealogy, there is nothing else like this conference in the world, said George Ryskamp, a BYU History professor.

    Students are encouraged to participate, he said.

    Highlights will include resources brought together from many Spanish-speaking nations, such as national archives from Cadiz, Spain. Joaquin Deposada who is a well-known Cuban will donate 40 books containing Cuban genealogical information to BYU.

    A world-class teaching staff includes the presidency of the Puerto Rican Genealogical Society and professors from universities in Latin America.

    Chavez said this conference was important because many Spanish speakers do not know how to research genealogy.

    Few genealogical teachers speak Spanish or know about Hispanic history which amplifies this problem, she said.

    The registration fee is $18 and includes lunch. For more information call 224-4693.

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