Friday, March 05, 2010

Genealogy Conference Time

There are so many great opportunities for attending conferences during this time of the year.  Here are two that I've received information about.  I love conferences because it is a chance to learn and flex your genealogical research muscle.  The following is from Family History Expos and NGS.

Immigrtion Expo
March 18, 2010

The spirit of migration is alive and well. The past, present, and future of international migration will come together in one location on March 18, in Salt Lake City at an unprecedented Immigration Family History Expo. To register, please see our website at

World Trade Center Utah President and CEO Lew Cramer will join the Center’s Executive Vice President and COO, Elizabeth Goryunova in an opening address at the event to be held at Historic Masonic Temple, 650 E. South Temple. At the door registration begins at 8 a.m., the day’s session will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cramer and Goryunova will focus on the importance of migration, immigration, and emigration today and in the future.

“I love tracking the movement of peoples throughout the world it is a thrilling and invigorating experience,” Holly T. Hansen, president and founder of Family History Expos, Inc. said. “It’s also a necessary process for those who want to come to a deep understanding of their ancestors and themselves.”

The Immigration Family History Expo, hosted by Family History Expos, Inc., will feature notable speakers throughout the day. The event will culminate with author, producer, and director Lorie Conway’s in-depth look in to the history of immigration to America. Her presentation will include a special screening of Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America’s Immigrant Hospital.
 Other notable speakers include:

  • Brigham Young University Professor Fred E. Woods. Woods has held a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding since 2005. Woods has also been a visiting professor at several universities and has lectured at many academic institutions in the United States and internationally. Professor Woods is the author or co-author of seven books and many articles, including three dozen on the topic of Mormon immigration/emigration in the 19th century. He is the editor and compiler of the Mormon Immigration Index CD released by the LDS Church in 2000. Dr. Woods will release his Mormon Migration website this year from the BYU Harold B. Lee Library.
  • Arlene Eakle, PhD, president and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc. Eakle is a consultant, lecturer, author and researcher specializing in the geographic areas of New York, Southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany.
  • Kory L. Meyerink, MLS, AG, FUGA, vice-president of ProGenealogists, Inc. in Salt Lake City. Meyerink has worked with Ancestry and the Salt Lake City Family History Library. He is past president of the Utah Genealogical Association and founder of the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Meyerink is a nationally-known speaker, editor of Printed Sources, and adjunct faculty for BYU and San Jose State University.
  • Holly T. Hansen, Family History Expos, Inc. Founder and President, is a lifelong resident of Croydon, Utah. She has been a family history educator for more than 15 years. Although she sponsors elaborate events, she also enjoys helping people one-on-one as they learn how to make technology work for them. An author, lecturer, and editor, Hansen devotes time every day to education.

8:00 a.m. Registration Begins
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Recognition of sponsors by Donna Brown
8:50 a.m. Keynote Address by Lew Cramer and Elizabeth Goryunova

9:30 a.m. Grand opening of Exhibit Hall
10:00 a.m. An Immigrant’s Story by Holly T. Hansen
11:00 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Finding your Ancestor’s Immigration Records by  Kory L. Meyerink, A.G.
12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. Before Ellis Island: Using Little-known and Under-used Emigraton-Immigration Sources to Find Specific Places of Origin for your Ancestors by  Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
2:30 p.m. LDS Immigration to American in the 19th Century by Fred Woods, Ph.D.
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Forgotten Ellis Island by  Lorie Conway
4:30 p.m. Screening of Forgotten Ellis Island: The Extraordinary Story of America's Immigrant Hospital
5:30 p.m. Book Signing and Prize Drawings
Exhibitors will be at the event to offer hands-on demonstrations and techniques and technology to help researchers trace their roots.
Extend Your Visit
Many researchers are planning to spend two extra days at the renowned Family History Library to apply all they have learned at the Immigration Family History Expo. Extend your stay and join us for this informal gathering at special rates negotiated by Family History Expos, Inc. for you at these Salt Lake hotels:
Baymont Inn and Suites - Salt Lake City Hotel
2080 W North Temple
Salt Lake City
, Utah 84116
Crystal Inn Hotel- Suites
W 500 S

Salt Lake City
, Utah 84101

Shilo Inn - Salt Lake City

206 South West Temple

Lake City, Utah 84101

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

122 West South Temple
Salt Lake City
, Utah 84101

Red Lion Hotel

161 W 600 S

Salt Lake City
, Utah 84101
Marriott Hotel Downtown Salt Lake City
75 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
For links and details visit our website at
To register for the Immigration Family History Expo visit today or contact Family History Expos, Inc., PO Box 187, Morgan, UT 84050, 801-829-3295, .

Our Sponsors include:
FamilySearch, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree,, Generation Maps and Ancestral Quest.

April 28- May 1, 2010

Register now for the 2010 NGS Family History Conference today! The early-bird registration discount ends on Monday, 8 March 2010. In addition to enjoying a $35 discount, only early birds have the opportunity to order a printed syllabus. (Everyone will receive a syllabus on CD.) NGS members get even deeper discounts, so this is a great time to join. 

The opening session at this year’s conference will be held on Wednesday morning, 28 April 2010, at 8:00AM. The keynote address is the premier of a video tour that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the world-famous Granite Mountain Records Vault. FamilySearch stores microfilmed and digital genealogical information at this archival facility located in the mountains outside Salt Lake City. This secure facility was designed to protect the collection of genealogical records from decay, natural disasters, and manmade calamities. The vault includes 65,000 square feet of space carved 700 feet into the side of a solid granite mountain. The climate in the facility is carefully controlled to maintain optimal storage conditions for the records, which represent 100 countries and 170 different languages. The Granite Mountain Records Vault currently stores approximately 3.5 billion images on 2.4 million rolls of microfilm, plus nearly a petabyte of digital data. And there is still room for growth as FamilySearch continues to preserve and share the records of the world. The vault is not open to the public, so conference attendees will be treated to something they cannot see in person.

Following the video, Jay L. Verkler, president and CEO of FamilySearch and managing director of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will continue the tour with an exploration of trends and resources that will enable these and other records to be viewed worldwide.

All full-conference registrants will be entered in a drawing to win a seven-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square, courtesy of the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, which is located right next door to the Family History Library. Be sure to attend the opening session to find out if you are the winner. The winner must be present at the opening session to claim the prize.
Registration details and the conference program can be found online at

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