Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Worthy Genealogy Event

Summer is in full swing and so are all the genealogy conferences that give us all the chance to polish up on our research techniques or to learn something new. If you have never attended a conference, now is the time to schedule a fun trip and take in one near you. Check out the internet and you will surely find a great conference near you, be it a state meeting, local presentation or even one of the bigger national gatherings. The chance to meet new friends, see all the great books/software offered by vendors, and of course to broaden your knowledge base make any conference a very worthy event to attend.

One such conference is the Family History Expo which is coming up soon in Kansas City, on the Missouri side of the line. July 30-31 are the dates of the conference with a special tour on July 29th for those who study LDS history OR have LDS roots. Taking in one of these genealogy conferences that is put on by Holly Hansen and her group is an exceptional chance to experience the conference atmosphere with classes that often rival the best National offerings. You can read the class agenda here. The Family History Expos are large in scope and classes, yet they have that wonderful feel of friendliness like being with a group of really good friends! We are lucky that the Family History Expos are coming to the mid west with their gatherings, giving more of us who live in more remote areas the access to their classes and vendors. Often, the Expos will also offer some classes which are pertinent to the area study- such is the case in Kansas City where several classes will be offered on Swedish researching. Many early immigrants settled in and established large communities within Kansas and the surrounding area. For anyone with Swedish ancestors, this is an opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish family even if they did not settle in the Kansas area. Kathy Meade will present several classes with information on searching for your Swedish ancestors, and using Genlines and Lenora Lynam will present "Finding Your Swedish Soldier." If you research Sweden and its emigrants, this is the conference for you!

Arlene Eakle will present several classes which will all tie together different aspects of southern researching. "Want Land. Will Travel. Southern Land Records: State by State" will be one of her classes. Arlene is most knowledgeable and her expertise will inspire anyone to get home and get busy finding those elusive ancestors.There will be many more great classes and the vendor area will offer many new great items as well as a nice selection of books to broaden our knowledge. The blogger's Cafe' area will introduce you to the world of blogging your history as Expo bloggers post live each day.

It is my honor to have been chosen for the second time to be an "Honor Blogger" for the Family History Expo in Kansas City. I will be updating you from both of my blogs with information, travel plans and daily updates on the fun at the conference when it starts. I will be attending with my son so this will be a fun Mother and son outing, something we have not done for years! My usual team travel partner and co-writer of The You Go Genealogy Girls blog will not be along on this trip but you can read her blog postings about the Family History Expo that she recently attended in Loveland, Colorado. Click here to review one of her fun and informative articles.

Hope to see you all in Kansas City, new friends are always welcome!

Those Old Memories
The You Go Genealogy Girls


  1. Congratulations on your Blogger of Honor award. I look forward to reading your reports from the Expo.

  2. Looking forward to meeting you at the expo Cheri! How will we ever decide which classes to attend??

    So glad you pointed out the expo is on the Missouri side! Yes, the Border War is still alive and well...Go Tigers!! :)