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Pleasanton Family History Expo Review

Once again, Holly Hansen, President of Family History Expos and her wonderful team pulled off another successful conference! I first want to give a big thanks to Holly and everyone who helped put together such a great event for us to get together and learn more about how to trace our roots.

I find the expos a great place to also socialize and network with other genealogists. One of the funnest things is to talk with other avid genealogists and discuss the new events, websites, technology, and other great resources available to us.

It was great to finally meet Elizabeth O'Neal from the Little Bytes of Life blog. She is one of the many bloggers who I know and follow via the internet, but have never met until this conference.

It was also great to see everyone who I have previously met at other conferences over the past year.

There was such a great diversity in the classes taught here at the expo. Classes range from African American research, Hispanic research, multiple classes on social networking, genealogical organization, software, and  much more!

Butch and Jean Hibben from Circle Mending played their great folk music both days during lunch. It is really fun to watch Butch play his saw - yes, I did say saw! Below are some pictures of them playing their fun music

One of the great highlights of the expo was the live recording of the Genealogy Gems Podcast done on Friday night! Lisa Louise Cooke, producer and host of the podcast did such a great job once again doing a live recording. On the episode she had a couple of the writers for Shades of the Departed online genealogy magazine talk about what the magazine is, articles they write about, and how you can access the magazine. Craig Manson was her first guest on the show and he discussed what the magazine is and he also talked about the creator and amazing graphical designer of the magazine, footnoteMaven. FootnoteMaven has done such a great job at putting together a wonderful and fun magazine for all of us to enjoy. To learn more about footnoteMaven, visit her website at Lisa's second guest was Sheri Fenly who is another great author of the magazine. Sheri Fenly also has a really fun and education blog. It is so educational, it is called The Educated Genealogist! Also attending the podcast was author Denise Levenick, also known in the magazine by Penelope Dreadful.

Now, for those of you who remember reading my article after the last Family History Expo in Salt Lake City about the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, I have some updates for you. I talked with the guys at Flip-Pal at the conference and they say that they are still going to be shipping the scanners by the end of this month! You can go online and order them now, and by early November, if not sooner, you will be able to enjoy your new little toy! I have talked to many who said one of these would make a great Christmas gift! You might want to keep that in mind for your friends and family! It's also a great idea to add that to YOUR Christmas wish list. You never know what your kids and grandkids might get you! To read my previous post on the Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner, check out the following article: Scan Your Genealogy Documents Anywhere. To pre-order your scanner go to

Thanks again Family History Expos for another great conference! I am looking forward to the next conference I can attend. While I won't be able to make it to their next conference in Atlanta, Georgia, I know there are going to many great exhibits and classes there! For more information on that conference, and to register, visit the Family History Expos website.

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  1. Thanks for the shout out A.C! It was great seeing you and all the genealogy bloggers at the Expo!

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