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Monday, June 12, 2017

Accessing Brigham Young University Collections Online -- Part Four

Because of the size and complexity of the Brigham Young University (BYU) and its long-term interest and commitment to genealogy, there are many online resources maintained by different departments. Of course, the most prominent is the BYU Family History Library, the recently implemented BYU Family History Portal leads to most of the other resources.

The Portal has a link to Religion 261, a college level course introducing family history. Although the course is aimed at students, the materials and lessons are freely available online for anyone to use. However, since the materials contained in the course are directed at the students attending BYU, some of the information contained in the outlined classes includes religiously related instruction concerning the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Here is a screenshot of the Introduction to Family History, Student Manual.

If you have ever wondered why members of the LDS Church or Mormons are interested in family history, this is a good introduction.

One of the most innovative and advanced areas of family history technological investigation is being conducted by the BYU Family History Technology Lab. Of course, there is a link to the Lab from the BYU Family History Portal.

The BYU Family History Technology Lab is a non-profit student research lab sponsored by the University's world famous Computer Science Department. During the past few years, the BYU Family History Technology Lab has developed a number of family history related programs. Icon links to the programs are on the right side of the screenshot. All of these programs are related to the Family Tree and require the user to be a registered user of the Family Tree as well as to have information in the Family Tree. Some of the programs are fun family history games.

Here is a list of the programs:
Relative Finder
Virtual Pedigree
One Page Genealogy
Pedigree Pie
Wheel of Family Fortune

For the first part of this series see:

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