AncestorEbooks Announces the BYU 2013 Family History and Genealogy Conference

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AncestorEbooks announces the upcoming Brigham Young University 2013 Family History & Genealogy Conference and examines the costs of researching genealogy.

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AncestorEbooks announces the upcoming Brigham Young University 2013 Family History and Genealogy Conference July 30-August 2 [] called, "Strengthening the Ties that Bind the Family Together."

The BYU 2013 Family History and Genealogy Conference will have over 100 classes to choose from, including Methodology, International Research, especially Scandinavian research, DNA Research, and classes about the FamilySearch site. [] Free classes for youth and consultant training will also be available during this conference; the cost for the full seminar is $180 but well worth the price.

Added to the substantial costs of seminars, such as the BYU Family History & Genealogy Conference, there are many more expenses the genealogists might incur, such as the following list Jennifer Dunn recently posted in Wordpress. [] The costs of books, copies of documents ordered from a courthouse, $77.70 for a 6 month U.S. Discovery Membership at, the costs of traveling to conferences and areas of research, DNA Tests for Genetic Genealogy just to name a few. The many products and services related to genealogy can make this hobby a costly hobby.

"The cost of the BYU Genealogy Conference is relatively insignificant to the cost of hiring a professional genealogist to do your family history research," states Gayla Mendenhall of AncestorEbooks

Kenneth W. Milano, a professional genealogist, has rates beginning at $180 for a half day of research and the costs go up for larger projects. ProGenealogists, the official research firm, has an in-depth research price of $2300 for 20-27 hours of analysis and research, copies of documents, and suggestions for further research. []

Mendenhall continues, "There are other options than those that require subscriptions, such as and You might also check with your local Library, many libraries and family research centers also have available at no charge."

According to Digital Trends [], there are some free genealogy websites that are worthwhile. Digital Trends included some sites such as and with a free trial period followed by a paid subscription. However, also included were several sites such as and the US GenWeb Project working to provide free genealogy access for everyone. Digital Trends also suggests that the "easily accessible" information should be researched and compiled before delving too deeply into online sources. []

“It is extremely easy to have your research pull you into a family line that runs adjacent to your own through an Uncle or Cousin who is named the same as your ancestor,” teaches Cristina Besendorfer, owner of “This is the reason a wise genealogist records as much history from family members as possible and keeps meticulous records, especially when researching online.”

Some simple preparatory work should be done before attending a seminar such as the BYU Family History and Genealogy Conference. When beginning a family tree, first reach out to parents and grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, who are able to share family information. [] Family will usually have accurate information on their ancestors, where they were born, lived, died as well as interesting stories that bring family history to life.

There are also no cost genealogy courses through BYU Independent Studies. These classes include an Introduction to Genealogy, over views of different Genealogy Records, and Regional and Ethnic Genealogy. Another option for those would include online video classes through []

"Whatever level or income you're at, there are options for doing family history and genealogical research. For the beginning genealogist there are no cost online courses and organizational ‘family tree’ sites which have huge amounts of researched records compiled. For the family genealogist there are subscription websites for doing extensive research around the world and compiling gedcom files. The professional genealogist can meet with other professionals in their areas such as the Arizona Council of Professional Genealogists.”

“Consider all the factors and decide what is right for you," continues Gayla Mendenhall of AncestorEbooks . "If you are wanting to try a new hobby, go for the no cost option until you decide whether you enjoy the mystery of family history. Take the information discovered, and turn it into an Ebook through then share it with other family members."

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