Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Richard Turley Jr., Assistant LDS Church Historian and Recorder, speaks to bloggers via video teleconference to announce the next volume of The Joseph Smith Papers at the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

PROVO — Richard E. Turley Jr., assistant historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be one of the speakers at Brigham Young University's 44th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference, July 31 to Aug. 4, according to a news release.

Other speakers include John Titford from England, a writer, broadcaster and genealogical consultant; and Rod DeGiulio, director of FamilySearch data operations. The theme of the conference will be "Strengthening the ties that bind families together through family history."

The conference, which will be at the BYU Conference Center, includes more than 130 classes for family historians of all skill levels and a new hands-on workshop on how to build your own genealogy website.

The conference will feature a Family History Consultant track on Tuesday and Wednesday with classes designed for consultants in LDS Family History Centers.

Two hands-on workshops will be offered. A "German Gothic Handwriting Workshop," taught by Warren Bittner, will be held from 9:45 a.m.–noon Tuesday. Participants will learn to decipher the German Gothic handwriting used on many genealogical records in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia. The workshop, "Building a Genealogy Website" on Tuesday, July 31, from 1:30 to 5 p.m., will teach participants how to make their research available to the world by creating their own family history website using Google Sites. It will be taught by Rebecca Smith, Noel Coleman and Hannah Allan.

Noncredit registration for the four-day event, including a CD syllabus, is $180. Family history consultants will receive a $25 discount on general registration. The for-credit cost for the conference (including two credits of History 481R — Family History-Directed Research and a CD syllabus) is $440. To register, call 1-877-221-6716 or visit family

Men's and women's housing, which includes lunch each day of the conference, is available on the BYU campus for $100. Conference participants who are not staying in campus housing can buy a $25 lunch card that covers hot lunches, a salad bar, drinks and dessert at the Morris Center each day of the conference. For more information about the conference and a complete schedule, visit familyhistory or call 801-422-4853.