Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Northern California Family History Expo


I am a Blogger of Honor for this event*, but regardless of that I am very excited and impressed with everything that is scheduled, some of which is highlighted in this recent press release from Family History Expos, Inc.:

Be certain to register now for our upcoming Northern California Family History Expo in Sacramento, CA on July 6-7, 2012. We will have an array of vendors with the latest tools and techniques to help in verifying your ancestors. We also have an agenda filled with speakers to help you move your research along. If you have not already registered, please  click here to register for the Northern California Expo. If you have registered, please tell a friend and have them register too.

Dean L. McLeod Professional Genealogist to Keynote
Dean L. McLeod : Full-time professional genealogist since January 1975. Founding Board Member, APG. Spent first ten years specializing in Scottish and English research. Former staff researcher, Brigham Young University Family History Services. Employed fifteen years American Research Bureau as Field researcher in San Francisco, CA.

Be Part of the Success of the Northern California Expo 
The success of this Expo is increased by your commitment to sharing this information with friends, family, and your community. Click here for a pdf flyer that you can print and distribute to community centers, libraries, genealogical and family history societies, local grocery stores, restaurants, and any other place you can think of. We provide you with these flyers to help insure the continued success of this marvelous Expo.  We appreciate your assistance and support of the Expo. 

More Reasons to Attend an Expo
Following are some of the benefits for attending our Expos:

  • Class Handouts Syllabus includes more than 300 pages of research guidance.
  • Free online class offered by Genealogical Studies valued at $89.00 
  • Download, view and study class handouts before the event so you can come prepared with questions.
  • Ask-the-Pros booth where you can bring personal research and genealogical questions to discuss with our professional researchers $50 value.
  • Exhibit area filled with vendors who have unique products and services, family historians and genealogists love to learn about. (Our book vendor alone will have more than 400 titles to browse or purchase. Books selected based on expert knowledge by Leland K. Meitzler who really knows what people need to be successful.)
  • Speakers and vendors from throughout the United States and Canada. A unique opportunity to increase skills and networking with other researchers.
  • Meet bloggers who will be talking about the event via twitter, blogs, and other social media. 
  • Amazing door prizes each hour and grand prizes at the end of the Expo! People qualify to win prizes by attending classes (Grand prizes include a gift bag filled with FamilySearch specialty items, $900 in online classes offered by Genealogical Studies of Ontario, Canada; a professional research package valued at $500 offered by Arlene H. Eakle, PhD and more)

*Disclosure:I will be a Blogger of Honor at the event and as such I received a complementary registration, promotion of my blog by Family History Expos, Inc. as well as a gift bag from them. I have no affiliation with any of the other people/organizations/companies mentioned or linked to in this post.  Beyond what I received from Family History Expos, Inc. I have received no further remuneration for writing this post by anyone.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

There's An Expo Coming to Town!

My town that is, Sacramento to be specific.  Am I excited?  Boy howdy am I!

I have never had a genealogy conference happen right in my backyard before this which adds to my glee.  In addition, the conference is being held at a venue I've been to several times over the years (most recently this past February).  Talk about stars aligning!

I'm looking forward to all the speakers, some I've heard before (like the excellent Arlene Eakle and Nancy Loe) and some who will be new to me (like James Tanner of the wonderful Genealogy Star blog, Michael Booth of RootsMagic and Stephen P. Morse of One-Step Webpages).

I'm also excited about the event sponsors who will be there: FamilySearch (one of my favorite websites), RootsMagic (my software of choice) and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (who offer many courses which I'd love to take).

I'd be happy to answer any blogging questions at the Expo anyone might have, as I'm sure the other excellent bloggers who will be there would be as well.  I'd also be happy to answer any Sacramento related questions (if you want to take any side trips I'd recommend the Crocker Art Museum, visiting Old Sacramento and maybe taking one of their tours, the Old City Cemetery, Sutter's Fort and, of course, the capitol building - where I'm sure there will be a protest of some sort you could take part in.  For food, my picks would be Gunther's Ice Cream or dining al fresco at the Tower Cafe, and Corti Brother's also makes a pretty awesome sandwich).

I still haven't picked my classes yet and judging by the agenda I won't have an easy time choosing between them all.  In between classes, you will see me wandering the Exhibit hall and visiting all the exhibitors (I'm especially happy to see that Leland Meitzler of Family Roots Publishing will be there).

I'll be at the Expo and I hope you will to: it is only $69 if you register now, $99 at the door.

Disclosure: I will be a Blogger of Honor at the event and as such I received a complementary registration, promotion of my blog by Family History Expos, Inc. as well as a gift bag from them.  I have purchased RootsMagic 4 and 5.  I like it, it is my software of choice, but I have no affiliation with RootsMagic.  Likewise, I have no affiliation with any of the other people/organizations/companies mentioned or linked to in this post.  Beyond what I received from Family History Expos, Inc. I have received no further remuneration for writing this post by anyone.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Badges

Screen shot of my 1940 US Census indexing achievements from FamilySearch
All of the above occurred in April and May (I've been horrible about indexing/arbitrating so far this month). It is fun to see which states I've worked on, and I had actually forgotten about a few of them.  The vast majority of batches I've done were for California, with North Dakota, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio rounding out the top five.

Here is an anecdote for you:  I have no ancestors from North Dakota and have done little research there.  So why did I do so many batches from there?  Because every batch I worked on (roughly 20 in all) had excellent handwriting - North Dakotans should be proud!

Sign-in to FamilySearch and check here to see which badges you've earned.