07 February 2011

FamilySearch Head to Deliver Keynote Address at OGS 2011 Conference

The following news release has been issued by the Ohio Genealogical Society:

Ohio genealogists should be looking forward to the kick-off presentation at the Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2011 Conference. “We welcome David E. Rencher from FamilySearch as our keynote speaker on Friday morning,” explains OGS President Sunda Anderson Peters.

The 2011 Annual Conference will be held March 31 to April 2, 2011 (Thursday through Saturday), at The Hyatt on Capitol Square, in Columbus under the theme “Genealogy through the Centuries.”

David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. The title of his presentation is “Digital Projects and Programs of FamilySearch.” He will address the opening session on Friday, April 1, from 8 to 9:30 am.

This session will update the genealogist with what’s new and upcoming on FamilySearch.org. This will include the digital projects and programs that have been launched on FamilySearch.org or the projects that are nearing completion. A discussion of what’s in the research and development stage at FamilySearch Labs will also be addressed.

A professional genealogist since 1977, he is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research in Birmingham, AL. He has a BA in Family and Local History from Brigham Young University.

Rencher is a past president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), past president of the Utah Genealogical Association, and a Fellow of that organization. He is a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and is vice president of the Genealogical Society of Utah.

He currently serves as the chair of the joint FGS and National Genealogical Society committee for Record Preservation and Access and serves as a director for FGS, the National Institute of Genealogical Research Alumni Association, and a trustee for several family organizations.

The complete conference program and registration form is downloadable from the OGS website at www.ogs.org

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