February 25, 2023

Please bring a laptop, iPad or phone to work on in your classes

Doors open at 8:30 AM

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome & Keynote (Chapel)

Beverly Grant- "A Proud Heritage"


Break & Family Search Account Set up (Chapel)

Connection stations & Family History Center Tours

are available in the gym 9:30-2:00

Session 1 - 9:45-10:45 (2 options)

9:45- 10:45

Thom Reed

Live Zoom Class in Chapel

"Mine the Gold- Effectively Research Millions of Freemen's Bureau and Freedman's Bank Records"

Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank, two separate entities with two different sets of records. There were two different projects that have made the records searchable online.

Freedman’s Bank project contains 480,597 records of African Americans who deposited money in the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company between 1865 and 1874.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was the much larger organization that operated in 15 Southern states and the District of Columbia between 1865 and 1872. The name of the organization was the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands but it was nicknamed, “Freedmen’s Bureau” for short.

Thom's presentation shares information on researching the records of both organizations.

In his presentation he answers the following questions:

  • What were the Freedmen’s Bureau and Freedman’s Bank?

  • What records were kept during the operation of the two organizations?

  • What was the Freedmen’s Bureau Project of 2015 and how can it help you?

  • What is the best way to use these records for genealogical research?

9:45- 10:45

James S. Brown, MD

Room 1

"Decoding Your Family Through DNA"

This class will cover what DNA kits are and how to use them. James will describe the different DNA kit options available and how they differ. He will explain terms used in DNA results and how to use them to uncover your family story.

10:45-11:00 Break

Session 2 - 11:00-11:45 (4 Options)


Janice Martin

& Gaaren Anderson

Room 1

"Building Your Story"

Janice and Gaaren will share strategies on how to tell your own story. You will learn tips on how to interview family members, preserve family photos, and how government archives and maps can enrich your story. The class will help you bring your story to life and preserve your personal history for generations to come.


Mary Anderson

& Alisha Chang

Room 4

"Tacoma Pierce Records Project"

The Tacoma Family History Center and Community volunteers are working jointly with the BYU Record Linking Lab to bring local records about overlooked and underserved populations into Family Search Database using crowdsourcing. They are making records of all people who lived in Pierce County a century ago much easier to find. This ongoing project has more than 35,000 County records from 1857 to 1910 that are not yet available in FamilySearch catalog. These include territorial records, obscure cemetery records, school and voting records, biographies, and jail records. More volunteers are needed to complete this project. Learn what you can do to help complete the exciting Tacoma/Pierce Records Project.


Joe Price

Room 3

"The African American Families Project"

Joe's record linking lab has been working to dramatically improve the information available to African Americans, and help create new discovery experiences for people of African descent. The project has added over six million African Americans to the FamilySearch Family Tree site using data from the 1900 and 1910 US Census. His organization works with volunteers to connect these individuals to their extended family members using record hints and public member trees on other websites. This course is of special value to those who have black or African American ancestry doing similar work, and how to add in what they know about their family to the FamilySearch data.


Thom Reed

Live Zoom Class in Chapel


RootsTech Connect is an all-virtual genealogy conference coming March 3-5, 2022. It is 100% virtual and 100% free. In 2021 the conference welcomed over 1 million people participating form over 240 countries around the world.

This year's conference offers thousands of classes, inspiring speakers, meaningful activities, and joyful connections, and a year-long learning platform. It brings the human family together like no other event. This class will explain what RootsTech Connect has to offer people of African descent. It will highlight classes that are specific to African American ancestry on how to make your own family history discoveries.

Lunch Break 11:45- 12:45

(Lunch provided)

Recipe Share & Story Telling contest (gym)

Session 3 - 12:45-1:45 (repeat of session 1)

12:45- 1:45

Thom Reed

Live Zoom Class in Chapel

"Mine the Gold- Effectively Research Millions of Freemen's Bureau and Freedman's Bank Records"

12:45- 1:45

James S. Brown, MD (

Room 1

"Decoding Your Family Through DNA"


Connection stations (continued)

Family History Center Tours (Continued)