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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


I Am Thankful For… 24 November 2010

Have you been to a genealogy conference before? That is what I am thankful for today!

My first genealogy conference I went to was the Mesa Family History Expo last January. I was fortunate enough to win free tickets to the conference from the Genealogy Gems Podcast. I had no idea how much fun I was going to have, or even how many friends I would make because of that conference! I now have genealogy friends all across the country because of that conference. I even met a new genealogy friend Joan Miller who is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

At that conference I was able to attend many classes on various topics from hard drive organization by Leland Meitzler, the Genealogical Proof Standard by Mark Tucker and Google Earth for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke. Those were just a few of the many great classes taught at that expo.

Since that expo I have been fortunate to attend many others including:

I am also scheduled to speak at Leland Meitzler's Christmas Tour next month in Salt Lake City Utah. For more information about that tour/conference, visit Leland's blog.

I have also been asked to present at the new RootsTech Conference that will be held in Salt Lake City next February. I am very honored to be part of the great speakers that will be presenting at this new and exciting conference about technology. For more information about the RootsTech Conference and to register, visit their website.

I am hoping to attend the Family History Expo in Mesa again this next year in January, and I am definitely going to the Family History Expo in St. George. These expos are so fun and educational! I highly recommend you attend one of these conferences if you have not been to one yet!


St. George Family History Expo Banquet

Is it just me, or does it seem like there are just way too many things to do, write about, research, and prepare, and yet not enough time to do it all? - I know I'm not the only one!

I have been so busy this week with work and school that I haven't had any time to do any genealogy, so today I am setting aside everything else to work on some of my own genealogy and to catch up on some blogs that I have promised... I am SO sorry I have gotten behind.

I guess first things first. I promised last week I would give a summary of my presentation I gave last week at the St. George Family History Expo Banquet. The banquet was very nice and I think we all had a lot of fun!

Jean Wilcox Hibben sponsored the banquet and came up with the theme "The Wonderful Wizard of Blogz". The banquet included presentations by Jean herself, Arlene Eakle, myself(A.C. Ivory), and Gena Philibert Ortega.

I was asked to focus my presentation on blogging and Twitter, and how they can help genealogists in their research. I must first say that I am very surprised and proud of all the genealogists out there who have a blog and use Twitter. I must admit that before I started to really get serious in genealogy I thought that blogs and twitter were for high school kids and stay-at-home moms to write about their kids in school. I was very wrong!! Blogs and Twitter are used by every age group, and every group of people.

As I have used my blogs and Twitter I have learned many things! As I was preparing my presentation I came up with what I call the 5 "f's" of blogging and tweeting. Click here to view the slides I used for my presentation. I also showed examples of my blogs and my Twitter page to give the audience an example of what you can do and what they look like. Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions.


I Think Someone Has the Genealogy Bug!!

Last weekend was great to be able to go to the St. George Family History Expo and attend all the great classes, see friends, and meet new people.

All of the classes were great with many new things on the horizon. One great thing about these conferences is that those who haven't done genealogy in a long time remember the fun you have when searching for your family, and even better is when there are those who get bit by the genealogy bug!

After lunch on Saturday I skipped class so I could catch up on a little tweeting and so I could go around the exhibit hall and talk with some of the vendors without the mad rush of people in between classes. As I was walking around I met one of the vendors, April, who has her own business, Digital Scrapbook Memories, selling digital scrapbook graphics. I knew my mom would be interested in stuff like that so I stopped by to see exactly what is was all about.

As I started talking with April she started asking me how I got involved with genealogy and what is was that sparked my interest. Many people ask me that when they first meet me at places like one of these conferences because I am so young and you rarely see someone my age doing genealogy. April and I talked for quite a while about different aspects of genealogy and she was asking me a lot of questions. It was so fun to help answer these questions for her. I love helping others learn about genealogy and how to get started.

I think our conversation really sparked that interest for her and now she seems to be infected like the rest of us! I love it when new people get involved with genealogy because it expands that social network of people to help each other solve our brick walls and make new friendships. I am so glad I stopped by her booth and talked with her. She seems like she has so much enthusiasm and that makes me even more excited to help other people get started on their genealogy.

Go check out April's blog and what she had to say about the conference. I think you too will be able to see the excitement she now has to start digging into her roots and find those ancestors who have been waiting for someone like her to research the past. April's blog address is