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David with Stephen Baylor and Ruth Caesar from the Stillaguamish Valley GS

David with Stephen Baylor and Ruth Caesar from the Stillaguamish Valley GS


David played to a full house


What an opportunity to ask questions — and get some answers!


David sprinkled his talks liberally with stories and quips — very entertaining!

Conference headliner David Rencher spend the day filling us with amazing resources, insights and a vision of what the future of genealogy looks like. His talks included:

  • Coming Forward: Descendant Research
  • FamilySearch Future and Vision
  • Digital Projects and Programs of FamilySearch
  • Strategy for Irish Research, 1500 – 1800

What a great speaker — professional, humorous, and quite the storyteller. I came home (in my air-conditioned car!) with my brain swirling with new research possibilities (maybe I will be able to find my Catholic Daniel Murphy with no middle name in Ireland!), appreciation for FamilySearch’s commitment to make billions of records available for free, and how their dedicated staff and thousands of volunteers digitize, index, and quality-check those records. Also learned about the partnerships FamilySearch has developed with, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage — all for the benefit of genealogists around the world. And don’t get me started on how cool the FamilySearch Wiki is and the mobile apps!

Watch this blog for more posts about the conference, including the awards that were presented. A great day!