Cedar City Family History Conference

Discover Your Family Treasures

This conference, hosted by UGA's Cedar City Chapter, will include 35 classes covering a range of topics from Scandinavian research, to writing your personal family history, to the art of storytelling, the basics of genealogy, Roots Magic, and Ancestry.com. There is no need to register for specific classes, you will be able to pick and choose when you arrive at the conference (a list of the classes can be found below). There will be entertainment that can be enjoyed throughout the day.
The conference will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at The Hunter Conference Center on the campus of Southern Utah University.
  • Registration will open at 7:30 am
  • The conference will begin at 8:30 am with keynote speakers Dixie and Anne Leavitt
  • Class Sessions will begin at 9:30 am (with a lunch break at 12:30) and finish at 3:20 pm
  • There will be a lunch break between 12:30 and 1:20 pm
  • The conference will close with special guest speaker Harold Grant Shirley at 3:30 pm
  • Door Prizes will be announced following the closing speaker
There are two ways to register: Online and At the Door. Click here to register Online, and if you have any questions about At the Door registration, please contact the Conference Registrar here.
UGA Members: Free, but you must register!
Nonmembers: Free, but you must register!
A Syllabus on CD will be available for purchase at the conference.

Conference Registration

There is no need to register for specific classes, you will be able to pick and choose when you arrive at the conference (for you information, a list of classes is provided below). Simply register for the conference as a whole using the Registration form.
If you have any questions, contact the Cedar City Family History Conference registrar here.
8:30 – 9:20          
Key Note Address - Dixie and Anne Leavitt
9:30– 10:20        
Resources Available at SUU Special Collection - Paula Mitchell   
Frontier Homestead State Park - Ryan Paul         
Publishing Your Personal or Family History, Part I - Mark Rowley             
Scandinavian Research I - Kim Melchior
Online Research: Keeping Track of Searches & Sources - Jolene Passey 
Roots Magic - Bruce Buzbee       
Where to Start on FamilySearch When Your Genealogy is “All Done” - Janet Hovorka      
Using DNA for Solving Genealogical Problems - Janet Seegmiller               
Geodetic Genealogy: Historic Trails of Southern Utah - Col. Alva Leon Matheson
Publishing Your Personal or Family History, Part II - Mark Rowley
Scandinavian Research II - Kim Melchior               
Ancestry.com: Strategies that Work - Jolene Passey
Roots Magic - Bruce Buzbee
Care and Repair of Photographs - Janet Hovorka
Early American Handwriting Types - Catherine Sorensen           
The First Settlers of Cedar City - Lakay Weber
Organizing   Family and Personal Histories - Ruth Scovill 
Ireland Research for Beginners - Pamela Chatfield           
Google Tool Bar and Genealogy - Vicki Daughton             
Story Tellers - Larry & Crystal Bilyeu
Grandma’s Bullet Proof Vest: Why Children Need to be Involved - Janet Hovorka
12:30 – 1:20       
Lunch Break (For those who prepay for the lunch buffet, it will be held in SUU Cafeteria)
1:30 – 2:20          
Using Sources  at The Library of Congress - Catherine Sorensen
Finding Your Pioneer Ancestors and Getting it Right - Laura Anderson    
Writing Family History, Part I - Jonathan Carter  
England Research - Bobbie Jensen          
FamilySearch Wiki: A Powerful Resource - Jolene Passey                              
What’s in a Name? Lions and Tigers and Bears . . . Oh My! - Bret Peterson
Daughters of the American Revolution - Sondra Jeffus
2:30 – 3:20          
Cedar City Library in the Park Resources - Steve Decker                
Finding Pioneer Ancestors and Getting it Right - Laura Anderson              
Writing Family History, Part II - Jonathan Carter
Getting Started in Mexico Research - Maria Barnhart
Finding Your Family's Stories - Valerie Elkins
Music from the Past - Jackie Jackson      
Make Time for Timelines - Bret Peterson
3:30 – 4:20          
Closing Address - Harold Grant Shirley

Make it a Getaway!

Cedar City is overflowing with adventure! When you come to the Cedar City Family History Conference, why not plan an extra day or two to take in some of the great opportunities in Southern Utah? Things to do while in the Cedar City area:
Take in a show at The Utah Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1961, The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, one of the oldest and largest Shakespearean festivals in North America, is the crown jewel of Cedar City. This year, the USF Summer Season includes:Les Misérables, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scapin, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mary Stuart, Titus Andronicus, and The Greenshow (which is free each night!). For more information, visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.
Tour a National Park or Monument
Cedar City is centrally located for easy access to Cedar Breaks National Monument, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Kolob Canyons.
Visit a museum
Cedar City is home to several musems, some of which center on the pioneer history of the area.The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, on the campus of Southern Utah University, has a mission to exhibit, collect, and preserve historic and contemporary works of art significant to the interior American West.  The Frehner Natural History Museum, also on the campus of SUU, offers a gorgeous exhibit of large and small game animals. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum tells the story of development in Iron County when in the 1850s, Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries here to mine and process iron. Museum displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. Finally, the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum includes many historical artifacts from the surrounding area and is house in the Iron County Visitors Center.
Have a picnic, take a swim, or get in a round of golf
Cedar City is also full of wonderful parks and recreation facilites, perfect for picnics and play. Parks include: Main Street Park, Bicentennial Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Canyon Park, and Park Discovery. You could also go fishing, camping, or swimming at Duck CreekLake at the Hills, Navajo Lake, Yankee Meadow, and The Cedar City Aquatic Center. Or perhaps going for a beautiful walk is more your speed. Cedar City has many walking tours and trails, including the DUP Historic Walking Tour, the SUU Statues Walk, Canyon Park Trail, Fiddler’s Canyon Trail, and The Sheep Trail. Finally, you could play a round of golf (or as us locals call it: Prarie Dog Watching), at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course.
There is just so much to do!
Cedar City has many other historic sites and recreational areas nearby including Cove Fort, Mountain Meadows, Pine Valley, Old Iron Town and the historic towns of Beaver, Parowan, Brian Head, St. George, and Leeds. For more ideas or information, contact the Cedar City - Brian Head Tourism & Convention Bureau at 1-800-354-4849 or visit www.scenicsouthernutah.com.