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Family History Workshops

The workshops support and supplement on-campus family history courses at BYU. In multiple sessions per week, student teaching assistants (TAs) teach the week's topic and answer questions.

For the 2021-22 academic year, workshops return to in-class instruction. The 12-week workshop schedule is shown below.

To reserve your workshop time, click on the "Register Here" link.

Workshops Winter 2022

To Reserve Your Workshop Time -

Register Here


Winter 2022 semester will be in-person workshop hours held by TAs. In addition, HIST 205 TAs will hold office hours where you can discuss class content and further questions after watching the workshop recordings.

Per university policy, masks are required at workshops. If ill or quarantined, please contact your professor or TA for available accommodations.

January 10-14

February 7-11

March 7-11

Welcome/Finding A Family
FamilySearch/Family Tree
(Standardization/Purchasing Software)
Census Records Census Records
(Repeat from February 7-11)

January 18-21

February 14-18

March 14-17

FamilySearch/Family Tree
Welcome/Finding A Family
(Standardization/Purchasing Software)
(No workshops Mon., Jan. 17, MLK Day)
Country Diversity and Preserving Information 20th Century Records
(No workshops Fri., Mar. 18)

January 24-28

February 22-25

March 21-25

Genealogy Software
(RootsMagic and Ancestral Quest)
Land Platting and Probate Records
Intended for 217 and 218 students, but 205 and 206 students are welcome.
(No workshops Mon., Feb. 21, Presidents' Day)
History of LDS Genealogical Practices

January 31-February 4

February 28-March 4

March 28-April 1

Preliminary Survey Vital Records and Vital Record Substitutes Understanding DNA

Workshop Location 2240 HBLL


Workshops are held in the glass enclosed classroom located in the Family History section (2nd floor) of the Harold B. Lee Library.

Workshop Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 am
10 am Workshop Workshop Workshop Workshop
11 am Workshop
12 pm Workshop Workshop Workshop
1 pm
2 pm Workshop Workshop
3 pm Workshop Workshop
4 pm Workshop
*TAs can meet with students from any family history course, regardless of professor.

HIST 205 Teaching Assistants' Schedules

  • Kaitlyn Hillam, Head TA
    • Hours: MWF 11 am - 12 noon in the Family History Library (FHL) located in the HBLL
  • Maren Burgess
    • Hours: M 4 - 5 pm and W 3 - 5 pm (FHL located in the HBLL)
  • Verity Johnson
    • TTh 3 - 4 pm or by appointment (CFHG in the JFSB)
    • Sarah Jorgensen
    • Starrla Pearson
      • Th 11 am - 1 pm (FHL located in the HBLL)
    • Pam Peterson
      • M 10 - 11 am (FHL located in the HBLL)
      • Th 11 am - noon (CFHG in the JFSB)
    • Kayla Sands
    • Josse Sandres
      • TTh 1 - 2 pm (In class or by appointment)

    HIST 217 Teaching Assistants' Schedules

    HIST 205 & 206R Website

    For more information, please visit the HIST 205 & 206R website. There you can find information about these introductory classes into the major, Professor and TA contact information, class schedules, and how to join the Family History Program email list.

    Become a Family History Major or Minor

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