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“The conference is such a wonderful chance to pick those classes of interest and associate with others who have the same interests.”
—2012 Conference Participant

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“The presenters this year were excellent. They were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and were very willing to share. I really enjoyed this conference.”
—2012 Conference Participant

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“I truly enjoyed myself and am so excited to try new things and solve some problems I have had. The presenters were very knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoyed the speakers. I will come again. Your staff was very helpful and courteous.”
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“I think you do a great job of the speakers, classes, instructors, facilities, vendors & their demos. Practically perfect in every way!”
—2011 Conference Participant

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“It was a fabulous conference. The best yet!”
—2011 Conference Participant

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“Couldn't have been more satisfying.”
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Keynote Presentations

Tuesday, July 30th

Ender Packer


Allan Packer

Elder Allan F. Packer was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints on April 5, 2008, at age 59. He has served as an Assistant Executive Director of the Family History Department and is currently serving as Executive Director of the Family History Department.

Elder Packer received a bachelor of science degree in electronics technology from Brigham Young University in 1973. After graduation, he worked for such companies as Boeing, Eaton–Kenway, and Auto Soft Corporation. He has been the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at O.C. Tanner, Vice President of Enterprise Information Systems at My Family.com, and Vice President of Information Systems and Technology at iLumin.

Elder Packer has been involved in many civic and community activities. He has served as chairman of the Little Cottonwood Creek Community Council. He also served as the executive committee and district chairman for the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver award.

Allan Forrest Packer was born in Brigham City, Utah, on July 7, 1948. He married Terri Anne Bennett in June 1970. They are the parents of eight children and have twenty–five grandchildren.

Wednesday, July 31th

Dennis Brimhall


Dennis Brimhall

Dennis C. Brimhall is the managing director of the LDS Family History Department and FamilySearch.org.

Brimhall received a bachelor of science degree in Zoology from Brigham Young University in 1972. He later received an MBA from Northwestern University. He began his career in 1974 working as an Associate Administrator at the University of Utah Medical Center and later as Chief Operating Officer at the Medical Center at University of California San Francisco and then as Chief Executive Officer at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Dennis Brimhall has served in numerous Church callings, including full–time missionary to Auckland, New Zealand, elders quorum president, stake mission president, high councilor, stake president and mission president.

Dennis C. Brimhall was born in Provo, Utah on September 8, 1948. He married Linda Christensen in March 1971. They are the parents of four children. Elder and Sister Brimhall reside in Dammeron Valley, Utah.

Thursday, August 1st

Mark Lowe


Mark Lowe

J. Mark Lowe, CG, is a full–time professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. Mark has published articles in APGQ, North Carolina Genealogical Society Quarterly, SPEAK!, The Longhunter, and other society publications. His weekly local history article appears in the Robertson County [Tenn.] Times. He is the Director of the Regional In–depth Genealogical Studies Alliance (RIGS Alliance), a week–long hands–on research session focusing on original documents and manuscripts in cooperation with the National Archives. He is also an instructor at IGHR (Institute for Genealogical & Historical Research –Samford University) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy through UGA.

Mark has been researching families for more than 40 years. He grew up in Tennessee with extensive family roots in Kentucky. He has travelled extensively in both states and enjoys sharing his love of genealogy and the joy of research with others including some historic reenacting.

He is a former officer and board member for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), past President of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a Fellow of the Utah Genealogical Association and was awarded the Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award by APG in 2007.