Friday, August 10, 2012 Coming to Family History Day at the California State Archives

It's a pleasure to give a 'warm' Sacramento welcome to Dan Peay who will represent at Family History Day at the California State Archives.  Dan will present a class and, with a colleague, talk to attendees at their exhibit.

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the FHL
The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that includes the names of more than 3 billion deceased people. It is the largest collection of its kind in the world.

Representatives of the Genealogical Society of Utah are microfilming records from many countries, including birth, marriage, and death registers (both church and government); census returns; court, property, and probate records; emigration and immigration lists; printed genealogies; and family histories.  Library patrons use the collection of books, microforms, and computerized records to compile their own family histories and do genealogical research.  The facility's four public floors house information from the U.S. and Canada, the British Isles, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

The public is welcome and admission to the library is free of charge. Use of library resources is also free, although there is a small charge for materials such as photocopies, paper, and computer disks. Professional staff and well-trained volunteers work at the library and are available to answer questions and direct people in their search for their family roots. An estimated 2,000 visitors or more use the library each day.

Library orientation is offered regularly. First-time patrons can receive information about the facility's general layout and available resources. Specialized classes teach patrons about methods of research and how to use various kinds of records, and computer classes educate patrons about the library's unique software programs.  The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street, directly west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

About Dan Peay
Over 20 years in Customer Experience and Systems Engineering in software and technology has prepared Mr. Peay to help link and preserve family relationships in the Strategic Relationships division of FamilySearch.

Prior to joining FamilySearch, Mr. Peay served 4 years as vice president of sales and marketing for SHO Guide, developed by Transcensus LLC. Mr. Peay created a direct and channel-led revenue strategy in public and private worldwide markets, resulting in helping CRM users bridge the gap in learning and “getting the job done.”

Prior to joining Transcensus, Mr. Peay was North America Regional Sales Manager for Microsoft Learning where he developed a direct and partner model to drive certification, e-learning and instructor-led-training solutions. Mr. Peay helped establish Microsoft Sales Academy, facilitating and training over 7,500 new-hires in adopting a universal sales methodology. Mr. Peay joined Microsoft in 1989 as a Systems Engineer and advanced to sales management to open new branch offices in Texas and Utah before moving to Washington to pursue his passion in training and development and applied learning solutions.

Mr. Peay began his technology career in software development with EDS and later as Systems Engineer and Partner of a Novell solution provider in Dallas, TX.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Business Education from Utah State University.  Dan is an avid Scouter and throws a yo-yo every day to navigate life’s up’s and down’s. Dan and his wife (Cammy) have 7 children and reside in Alpine, UT.

Dan Peay will be presenting an Introduction to  Participants in this class will be introduced to through short discussions on the ease of use and functional capabilities – all easily accessible for the novice or the expert:
  • how “Family History” can be a very enjoyable, life-changing experience
  • the research wiki – with free collections of family history articles provided by people from around the world
  • FamilySearch research courses, available online and in person through learning centers
  • free research discussion forums and their resources
  • overview of the FamilySearch collections, spanning billions of names
  • overview of FamilySearch Indexing - with a glimpse into the recent success of the 1940 Census Project, completed in August 2012, two months ahead of schedule!
Stop by the exhibit to talk directly to representatives of the "largest genealogical organization in the world".
Are you coming to this class or one of the 20+ others?  RSVP by pre-registering and reserving a Class Syllabus (fee) by sending an email to
posted by Denise H. Richmond

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