There was a short 1/2 hour program conducted by a very dynamic man, President Ron Paul, who is member of the Pittsburgh Stake Presidency. The news
Then they started a Live Video feed from the main event which was held in Los Angeles, California. The Master of Ceremonies at that event was Germaine Sullivan and his wife, Kembe. He is a Stake President in Atlanta and they are featured in the recent documentary called "Meet the Mormons".
Elder D. Todd Christofferson (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) was the speaker from the church who announced the purchase by the church of the Freedman Bureau records.
bureau established by the Federal government when the slaves were freed after the Civil War. The bureau was meant to help assimilate the freed slaves into normal society since they were in need of so much education, food, employment and many other things. Records were kept which are invaluable to African American research. They have been so difficult to search in the past. Now the church has purchased the records from the government and is planning to start the indexing project with help from the African American community. They hope to have it completed in one year. One small portion (Freedmen Bank Records-- a tenth of the size) was completed previously by inmates at the Utah State Prison and it took 12 years. The new website is discoverfreedmen.org. With all the advancements in Familysearch and the large number of volunteers now indexing, it is a real possibility that it can now get done in one year or less.
Then on June 24th we organized and held a Family History
Really, we are discovering that Family History is just exploding around the world. It's like the train is leaving and we are trying to catch it before it is too late. We have a little bit of a grip so far----so I guess we will just keep trying to hold on and keep learning.