Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Next Stop, St. George Family History Expo

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The Ancestry Insider discusses
the St. George Family History Expo
with Expo organizer, Holly Hansen
Now that RootsTech is over, it is time to start looking forward to the St. George Family History Expo on the 24th and 25th of February.

I’m teaching “Records Are the Darnedest Things” at 2:30 on Saturday. (What is it about me and the final session of a conference?)

I’m pleased to see that my Genealogical Maturity Model is referenced in a couple of sessions: “Baby Steps: Sources” and “Baby Steps: Evidence.”

This is the 8th annual St. George expo. The opening keynote is Dr. Susan Easton Black, popular speaker and professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. Over 50 classes are offered.

FamilySearch is involved in several ways. They will have several New FamilySearch Tree (NFS) administrators there who can perform all the fixing that require administrators. You know the ones: gender issues, looping pedigrees, and so forth. Sign up for 20 minute time slots at the FamilySearch booth.

FamilySearch will have book scanners on hand, as they did for the RootsTech conference. For more information, visit http://familysearchbookscanning-az.eventbrite.com/. That address has an explanation, but no way to sign up. I haven’t heard how they’ll handle that.

FamilySearch will also be three free classes Saturday morning for family history consultants and priesthood leaders. Expo organizers will allow attendees to attend the keynote sessions for free, and the exhibitor booths are always free to everyone.

I don’t see any involvement from Ancestry.com this year. That’s too bad.

For more information, visit www.fhexpos.com/expos/.

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