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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


Mobile Monday – Camera Connection Kit

Today in the Mobile Monday Series I am going to talk about two pieces of hardware you can purchase rather than an app you can download. For those of you with an iPad, I am sure you have done some genealogical research on it. If you haven't or you don't realize the amazing capabilities it has to help you in your research, you are missing out. I hope that in the next few months I can help show you many features, apps, etc. to help you really take your genealogy mobile. Also, for those of you attending the RootsTech Conference here in Salt Lake City in a few weeks, I will be showing a lot of really cool things you can do on your mobile device! Today I want to show you the iPad Camera Connection Kit. I just recently heard about this little device and since I am such a techie nerd I had to go out and buy it! The current iPad does not have a camera built into it, but I know there are many hopes and rumors that the next generation of iPad will. But for those of us, like myself, who will not be the first ones to rush out and buy the new iPad, there is an amazing alternative. When you buy the iPad Camera Connection Kit it comes with two little adapters. The connection kit enables you to connect your camera to your iPad via the USB cable that comes with your camera or simply by inserting your SD card your photos are stored on. There are many times while doing our research and we take photos of cemeteries, houses, documents and many other items. By using your digital camera and importing the photos into your iPad with the connection kit, you are getting a better quality image than if the iPad had a camera built into it. (Unless your digital camera is a number of years old and has a low megapixel quality.) I bought the iPad Camera Connection Kit on Saturday and was very impressed with it. As soon as you attach the adapter and either plug in your camera or SD card, a screen automatically appears on your iPad showing thumbnails or all the photos available to import into your iPad.

I find this to be very handy especially when you don't want to carry around your laptop with you while you are on the go. The two adapters are small enough they fit into a little pouch I have for my iPad and I hardly even notice they are there. Honestly, the more I use my iPad and find little adapters, cases and apps the more I am liking it. I find myself using my iPad a lot more than my laptop at times. There are many times where it is so much more convenient to use and carry around. Do any of you have the iPad Camera Connection Kit? Do you like it? What other options have you found using your mobile devices and taking photos? Leave us your comments and feedback below!


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


Mobile Genealogy Apps – Verizon Gets the iPhone

I am sure a lot of you have already heard about the announcement Verizon made this morning about the iPhone, but for those of you who haven't, Verizon is getting the iPhone on February 10, 2011.

This has been a long waited event. For almost two years now I have heard rumors about Verizon getting the iPhone, but every time these rumor mills start they are always proven wrong or nothing has ever happened from it. Today however, it has been confirmed. All of you Verizon customers out there will now be able to have an iPhone! Now, what does this mean for genealogy? More people are going to be able to access the thousands of apps in the App Store that can potentially help you do your genealogy. Now, of course there are not thousands of "genealogy apps" in the App Store, but as you have seen from some of my Mobile Monday posts that there are apps that can help you get organized, share files, store files and many other things that you can incorporate into your genealogical research. I have been doing the Mobile Monday post for about six months now and ever since then I have had many emails and comments from people who say they wished they were able to have an iPhone on Verizon to use these great apps. Well, now you can! I personally think this announcement is great because this will obviously bring many new iPhone users to the millions who already have an iPhone. There are some apps that share information and data between other iPhone users and of course the more who have one the more we will be able to share. So, what are your thoughts on this announcement? Who of you are excited to have the iPhone available on Verizon, and of course how many of you are going to get an iPhone?