Follow Their Faith - Church Record Research Classes @RootsTech2018

Church Record Track at #RootsTech

Religion was an essential part of cultural identity and social interactions.  RootsTech will offer nine faith-based research classes, with four of them being specific to Jewish genealogy. No church-based courses are available on Wednesday. Use that day for preservation or photos track classes.


There are four classes specific for researchers seeking out their Jewish ancestry. One session also features Jewish DNA! That sounds like a fantastic class to discover Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and other Jewish DNA or what it means if you don't find Jewish DNA in your ethnicity results. Where could it be hiding?

Thursday1:30 PMJewish Genealogy's Other Side: Sephardic Resources
Thursday3:00 PMThe Nuts & Bolts of Jewish Genealogy for Beginners
Friday1:30 PMThe DNA of the Jewish People
Friday3:00 PMJewishGen and the Challenges of Jewish Genealogy


RootsTech takes place during Purim. If you want to participate in the worship services, Lara Diamond has written a blog post with all the Salt Lake City details. Click here.


Thursday1:30 PMResearching Italian Catholic Church Records
Friday11:00 AMFind Your Family in Church History (LDS) 
Friday11:00 AMFind Your Family History in U.S. Church Records
Friday1:30 PMFind Your Family in Church History, Part II (LDS) 
Friday3:00 PMUnlocking Roman Catholic records
Saturday3:00 PMThrough the Eyes of the Parish Priest
* Please note class times are subject to change or cancellation.

There are three Catholic Church record classes, one specifically about Italian Catholics. There is a general US Church Records which is not the same as "Church History" which is a Mormon Church History class.

Do not confuse the LDS leadership training classes with searching for your Mormon ancestors. Those classes focus on helping ecclesiastical leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourage, inspire, and promote genealogy to their various congregations. The LDS Church History classes listed below research individuals who were in the Mormon Church in the past.

Your church research options are limited, so plan accordingly if this is your next step in genealogical clue finding.

To review previous tracks, visit:

If you don't find a class during an hour that appeals to you, be prepared for mini-classes in the Expo Hall to fill the void. Stay tuned, and we'll keep this month of RootsTech madness going!!!

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