Family history seminar planned

Staff report

PIQUA — The local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host the third annual Family History Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, Aug. 20, at the church, 475 W. Loy Road, Piqua.

Classes will include “DNA,” “Beginning Your Family History,” “Death Records,” “Google for Genealogy” and more.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a welcome at 8:45 a.m. The first session will begin at 9 a.m., with the last session ending about noon.

Presenters will include Dr. Stephen McDonald, of Springfield, a physician who has been an avid genealogist since childhood. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is the senior medical education official at Kettering Medical Center and the Eugene Kettering Professor of Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology, diabetes, metabolism and geriatric medicine. He is a former LDS stake president and teaches family history topics including DNA and genealogy and archaic medical terms in death certificates. He currently serves with his wife, Lynda, as area family history advisers for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Amie Bowser Tennant, of Piqua, has been passionate about genealogy and family history for the last 16 years. She was awarded the NGS Home Study Scholarship in 2011, and is currently “on the clock” for national certification. She has served on many local community boards and organizations. This past year, Tennant accepted the position of head content specialist and assistant manager at Today, she works as a research genealogist, national speaker and international writer. She has two blogs: and

The Family History Seminar is free and open to the public. For information, email

Staff report