28 January 2011

Family History Expo Coming to St. George Utah in February

It's time to get away from all the bad weather around the country and head to sunny St. George, Utah February 25-26, 2011 at the Dixie Center for the Family History Expo! The conference/expo is sponsored by Family History Expos, a private company. That would be Holly Hansen if you have ever attended one of the expos before.  (I hate the fact that I cannot attend this year so you go and fill me in on all the details, okay?)

Over 100 classes will be presented by more than 50 national and local speakers as well as staff from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and FamilySearch employees. With classes ranging from beginner to advanced topics, there is something for everyone. Many classes are dedicated to the latest techniques and technologies being used in genealogical research, as well as the most up-to-date information about different cultures being studied. You can review the class schedule at www.fhexpos.com/expos/

Exhibitors from throughout the U.S. will teach about the latest products and services available in the industry. FamilySearch affiliated software vendors will also be on site and happy to help you test their products “hands on” with new.familysearch.org (FamilySearch Family Tree). Some of the products and services showcased will include genealogy magazines, hardware, software, wall charts, and research services. Representatives from various genealogical societies will also be on site.

The Expo is a fantastic way to get more involved in Family History and socialize with hundreds of others who have the same interests as you!.

The following is from FamilySearch support and is directed to Family History Consultants, Center Directors, and Extraction/Indexing Directors and Assistants, and Priesthood Leaders:

You and members of your family history center as well as families in your ward may be interested in attending the upcoming St. George Family History Expo sponsored by Family History Expos (a private company).

There is no cost for attending the keynote address or visiting the exhibit hall. For those wishing to attend the classes, registration is $75 for both days ($65 if you preregister online) or $40 for a single day. For individuals wanting to attend a single class, the cost is $12 at the door. The following free classes will also be offered on Saturday for family history consultants, stake extraction directors and assistants, and priesthood leaders:

·         “Family History Work, a Vital Resource in the Work of Salvation.” This class will discuss the newly released Leader’s Guide to Temple and Family History Work: To Turn the Hearts, as well as new approaches to involve the ward council.

·         “Family History Centers and In-Person Assistance.” This class will discuss the evolving role of family history centers and how to integrate them more in family history research.

·         “Research Resources and Branching Out.” This class goes over the latest developments in indexing, the research wiki, forums, and online training, and it discusses how these resources can best be utilized.

The St. George Family History Expo could be a great opportunity for the ward members you are working with to learn more about finding their ancestors. You may want to share information about the expo with them.

All general questions about the expo should be directed to:
Family History Expos.com
P.O. Box 187
Morgan, UT 84050
E-mail: Expo@FHExpos.com
Phone: 1-801-829-3295
Web: http://www.fhexpos.com/expos/

If you have specific questions regarding FamilySearch or consultant training classes offered at the expo, they should be directed to: 
E-mail: support@familysearch.org                                                                                                                                              
Phone—U.S. and Canada (toll free): 1-866-406-1830                                                                                                                   
Phone—International: Go to http://contact.familysearch.org for more toll-free phone numbers.

To change your contact information with FamilySearch, reregister at: http://priesthood.familysearch.org or https://consultant.familysearch.org
To remove your registration, send your request to:
support@familysearch.org. Please include your name, ward name, and stake name.
Invite others to register at:
http://priesthood.familysearch.org or https://consultant.familysearch.org