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“The Google Genealogist” – UGA Virtual Chapter Meeting

This Virtual Chapter Meeting is available for free to everyone, not just members of UGA. For more information about the Utah Genealogical Association, visit their website:
Devin Ashby presents "The Google Genealogist"
April's Virtual Chapter Meeting!!
Date: April 21.7:00pm MDT (Your time zone) Address to access the chapter meeting:
Title of Presentation: The Google Genealogist
Synopsis: What are the latest tools from Google and how can I use them in my research? Come learn about products like Picasa, Alerts, Sites, Books, Video, Maps and much more that can help you save time and money as you utilize the internet to help you get the job done.
Bio: Devin Ashby is a Project Coordinator for FamilySearch, the largest genealogical organization in the world. Devin has been involved in family history for years. In 2004 he received Bachelor degrees in History and Spanish, and the following year earned a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.


Family History Expos New Site Goes Live

Many of you know and love Family History Expos. For the past 7 years Family History Expos as been bringing us such wonderful conferences for us to learn more about our family history, better techniques and resources as well as a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow genealogists. You may remember last year about this time that the Family History Expos website servers were damaged by Holly and her team have been working very hard for the past year to rebuild their website along with their client and attendee list. I am amazed at how well they were able to function after their terrible loss of their website and database. If you have not yet seen the new website, go ahead and check it out. While you are there, be sure to check out the upcoming expo dates and places. The next expo will be on February 25 and 26. I will be presenting 3 classes at this expo. The classes I will be presenting are:
  • How to Produce a Family History CD
  • Mobile Apps for Genealogy
  • Mac Genealogy


St. George Family History Expo – February 25-26, 2011

I can't believe it has been almost a year since the last Family History Expo in St. George, Utah. Time flies!

This year's Family History Expo is February 25-26, 2011 at the Dixie Center. This year's theme for FHExpos is Where O'l Dogs Learn New Tricks. I am very excited about the theme for this year. As many of you know I focus a lot of my blog posts and topics on using technology to be able to find our ancestors. Technology has made genealogy so much easier and convenient and I think it is great how many older generations are willing and excited to learn how to use it! Anytime my grandma asks if I will show her how to do something on the computer I am more than willing, and the same goes for anyone else who is wanting to learn new techniques and resources using computers, mobile devices and the Internet. At this year's conference I am going to be teaching three classes, participating as a Blogger of Honor, excited to learn of more resources and techniques as well as one of my favorite parts about these conferences - meeting fellow genealogists and have the opportunity to network with you. The classes I will be teaching this year are:
  • How to Produce a Family History CD
  • Mobile Apps for Genealogy
  • Mac Genealogy - Tools for Researching on Your Apple Computer
Over the next week or so I will be sharing some posts on my classes and some things you can expect to learn while attending the conference. I will also soon be announcing a contest to give away two free registration tickets to the conference. Stay tuned for contest details! For more information on Family History Expos and to sign up for the conference, visit their website at


Younger Genealogists are Becoming Larger in Numbers

Since I am only 23 years old, I am always interested in hearing about more younger people becoming involved with genealogy. As I have said in the past, I believe the younger generations are going to be the ones who create new technology and techniques for us to do our research more efficiently and timely. It seems like every week I am either meeting new people who are my age (or younger) who are interested in genealogy. This growth of interest is exciting to me. Earlier today I read a blog post on the My Heritage Blog about three young genealogists from Spain, Argentina and Israel. They share with us how and when they became interested in genealogy and some great stories from their research. Whether you are a younger genealogist or not, I highly recommend reading this article and help spread the word to your kids, grandkids or even great-grandkids to show them that genealogy and family history isn't just for "old people" like many of them think. A Growing Interest Among the Youngest: Family History