This program will provide both Family History and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history experiences in Europe. The internship will be divided into three parts: four weeks with all students together in France and Spain; two weeks of customized experience in either France or Spain; and a final week in the Lancashire area of England. All students will come away with intensive training and actual research in multiple archives—large and small, state and church—ranging from Madrid to Paris. Beyond time spent in archives, students will have exposure to Latter-day Saint history, European cultural history, and culinary arts by visiting historical sites and museums, interviewing LDS pioneer members, participating in cultural and Church activities, walking the streets where the early apostles of this dispensation preached.
WEEKS ONE THROUGH THREE: These weeks will be committed to hands-on genealogical research. A tour of the Archives Départementales in Carcassonne, France, will provide the group´s first European archival experience, followed by a week reading Catalan records in the diocesan archive of Vic, Cataluña. Research in Spain will continue in church and government archives of Salamanca, Cáceres, Ávila, and Zamora. The group will visit Garganta la Olla, a village being studied by some of these students for the CFHG Spanish Village Project website and birthplace of Meliton Gonzalez Trejo, translator of the first Spanish edition of the Book of Mormon. Additional activities relating to the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints include firesides with the wife and family of the second president of the Paris Stake, with the second president of the Madrid Stake (author of Los Mormones en España), and visits to the Madrid and Paris temples.
WEEKS FOUR AND FIVE: Interns will spend these weeks in archives in France or Spain under direction of the archival staff and supervision of Peggy Ryskamp, a Certified Genealogist. Professor George Ryskamp will advise students about arrangements at the appropriate archive(s). Projects will include genealogical research for actual “clients,” as well as historical projects. At the end of week five, the group will meet in France.
WEEK SIX: The time in France will end with visits to a Basque 17th century farm, a paleographic museum, Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy Beaches and Servicemen’s Cemetery. Three days of the second week in June will be spent in the Paris area, including a visit to the National Archives.
WEEK SEVEN: The trip ends with five days in the Preston, Lancashire region of England, walking the same streets as the first English apostolic missionaries Brigham Young, Wilford Woodruff, Heber C. Kimball, Parley P. Pratt and others, including Joseph Fielding (whose diary we will consult as we go). A visit to the Preston temple will conclude the trip.