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Roots seminar gives 'news you can use'

Family history enthusiasts from such widespread locations as Texas, Washington, Minnesota, and Calgary, British Columbia, and Australia gathered at BYU Aug. 8-10 for the Genealogy and Family History Seminar.

Seminar sessions gave practical, updated information on the resources available for searching out ancestral roots and preserving family histories, a "news-you-can-use" buffet of offerings, according to organizers and participants."People responded very positively," organizer Robert L. Hales said.

"Many said they are coming back next year."

In fact, Hales said, the 1991 seminar has already been scheduled for Aug. 7-9.

The courses are structured so that basic instruction in a particular topic is given one year, intermediate instruction in the same topic the next year, and advanced instruction the following year.

Courses this year covered how to do research in a diversity of American states and foreign countries, and gave hands-on training in using the Personal Ancestral File, the Church's family history management system for home computers.

New elements this year were an exhibit area featuring various vendors, and an update about the offerings at the Church Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

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