The Family and Church History Mission and the Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct a weeklong Family History Workshop for the Deaf 21-25 June 2004. 

Participants from all parts of the United States are expected to attend the third biannual genealogical conference.  Classes will be taught by skilled genealogists from the deaf community and the Family History Library staff.  Class sessions will be conducted each morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. and from 10:35 a.m. to noon.  Each of these two class periods will offer a choice of three to five different genealogy workshops.

Deaf and sign language interpreter volunteers will also be available afternoons in the Family History Library to mentor and assist attendees using library facilities. 

Wayne Metcalfe, director of acquisitions, Family and Church History Department, will open the conference with a lecture on worldwide digital data acquisition of family history information.   He will be followed by Dr. Tom Jones, of Gallaudet University, a joint editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, whose lecture will be entitled “Solving (Genealogical) Problems with Original Sources.