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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts ‘Family Discovery Day’ 

Discover your family’s history through historical documents.

–For the fifth year in a row, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are hosting Family Discovery Day at 2600 Ramona Rd in Atascadero May 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free event offers training and one-on-one help with family history. This is a unique opportunity for residents of the Central Coast to explore and discover their ancestry, and for the first time, to bring their families along to learn how to get people of all ages excited about family history.

Beginning and advanced classes will cover topics such as hands-on courses that discuss mobile applications for genealogy and using web resources for more in-depth research. Expert genealogists will also be on hand to assist with specific questions. There will also be a Discovery Carnival for families where mobile apps are taught in a fun, carnival atmosphere.

“Family history allows us to understand our ancestors better which allows us to understand ourselves better,” said President Eric Kasper, spiritual leader for more than 3,300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from San Luis Obispo up to Paso Robles. “As you do your family history you see who you’re connected with around you,” says President Kasper, who hopes the event will bring the community together on a shared interest of finding who we are and where we came from.

Genealogy was ranked the second most popular hobby in the US by ​Time ​and​ USA Today​ and continues to gain popularity with younger and younger audiences with apps and the internet. With DNA testing on the rise and technology to connect individuals with those around them, Family Discovery Day aims to be another resource for families and individuals in the Central Coast to dig deeper into their ancestry, their community, and themselves.

Families and individuals are invited to this community event, and are encouraged to pre-register at bit.ly/familyhistoryday​ ​ so we can have a reasonable count for food, which will be served throughout the carnival​.

Please reach out to Mario Ruiz, Public Affairs Director for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with questions or for an interview with Eric Kasper.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Luis Obispo and North County has more than 3,300 members attending 7 congregations including a Spanish and a single adult congregation. San Luis Obispo and Atascadero meetinghouses have Family History Centers staffed with genealogy experts and is open to the public.

Visit ​https://www.familysearch.org/locations/​ for availability.

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