9 million Philadelphia records are now searchable online FamilySearch has announced the availability of two historical Philadelphia city record sets online — death certificates for 1803 to 1915 and marriage indexes for 1885 to 1951.

The announcement came during this week's Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2008 annual conference in Philadelphia.

The collections provide access to nearly 9 million deaths and marriage records. The free databases are available at FamilySearch.org — go to pilot.family

search.org/ — and click on "Search Records" and then "Record Search pilot."

Before now, researchers interested in searching that information had to mull 2,000 reels of microfilm in a local family history center or write to the archive and wait for a response.

Family history classes offered

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City is offering classes in capturing and publishing family history.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., classes will cover "Capturing Oral Histories," "Writing Your Personal History," "Creating a Family Web site" and "Organizing a Family Reunion."

On Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., classes will include "Preparing Your Family History," "Printing a Book Using the Personal Ancestral File Genealogy Software" and "Getting Your History Ready for Publication."

All classes are held on the main floor of the library west of Temple Square. To register for these free classes, send an e-mail to [email protected]

.org or call 801-240-4950.

LDS country bands to perform

FARR WEST, Utah — LDS singers will be featured in two concerts this month at Bella's Fresh Mexican Grille in Farr West.

Due West, a country trio, will play Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The band is made up of Matt Lopez of Wolf, Wyo.; returned missionary Tim Gates of Richfield; and Brad Hull of Thatcher, Ariz. Tickets are $15.

On Sept. 20, Brenn Hill, a Utah-born Western singer-songwriter and sixth-generation Latter-day Saint, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, which includes dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets for both performances can be purchased at the restaurant, 2651 N. 1850 West in Farr West; by calling 801-791-2281; or e-mailing [email protected].

Y. holds free genealogy classes

PROVO, Utah — The Brigham Young University Family History Library at the Harold B. Lee Library offers free family history classes on the second and fourth Sunday every month. Family history resources and consultants are available from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these days.

Up to 50 different classes are offered in categories such as family history basics, organizing, computers, research, U.S. research, international research, temple name submission and training for consultants. For more information and a complete schedule of classes, call 801-422-6200 or visit www.lib.byu.edu/flslab.