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Sacramento Hosts Northern California Family History Expo June 28-29

Sacramento Hosts Northern California Family History Expo June 28-29

Keynote Speaker James L. Tanner Veteran genealogist, speaker and author James L. Tanner will teach, “Top 10 Techniques: Fishing for Ancestors & Other Persons of Interest,” when he opens the Northern California Family History Expo. The expo is slated for June 28-29 at Crowne Plaza Sacramento Northeast, 5321 Date Avenue. “Mr. Tanner is a tremendous speaker and he has so much knowledge to share,” Family History Expos Founder and President Holly T. Hansen said. “His presentation is perfect. People … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros Question and Answer – Too Many Answers

Question: I’m a beginner at this. On Ancestry.com when I type in a person’s name, birth year, state and marriage section that I want to check, I get SO many answers to look at that are from England, other states, etc. – about 20,000 or more. Why doesn’t just the person’s name & information that I put in come up? It’s so frustrating to sit and go through all this information because it simply has the same last name. Thank you Answer: Searching in a large online database can certainly be frustrating, even for those with years of experience. With databases such as Ancestry.com, you should use a search strategy. I suggest putting in a minimal amount of information about the target person, perhaps a name, one date and a place of residence, … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros – Question and Answer – American Indian Research Techniques

Question: What are the research techniques for an American Indian ancestor, great-grandparent? Answer: Research for American Indian ancestors living in the 20th Century are essentially the same as those of any other people in the United States. But, of course, as you go back in time, you may encounter some considerable differences in the number of written records referring to the Indian population. More than any other community, the researcher should learn all that is possible about the history and culture of the specific tribe or tribes involved to locate the various records that may have been created in the jurisdictions for those tribes. The first step is ascertaining the tribal association. This is accomplished by determining the tribes associated with the locality or localities where the ancestor lived. Quoting from the FamilySearch Research … Read entire article »

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RootsTech was Just the Right Medicine

As a genealogy and family history event planner I don’t always get to attend the classes and take notes at our Expos because I’m so busy with administrative responsibilities. It was a real pleasure to attend classes every hour, to meet and greet friends and bloggers in the exhibit hall. The days flew by so fast it is amazing. This was just the shot in the arm I needed as we are planning our next events. We got the scoop on what is new with FamilySearch and we can bring that to you via our Expos. One of my favorite classes was an Un-Conferencing session with Gordon Clarke moderating a panel discussion. The panel consisted of programmers from RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Ancestral Quest, and AncestorSync. The talked about Desktop Genealogy and/or Online … Read entire article »

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Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

Are You Attending RootsTech in Person or Virtually?

This evening official RootsTech bloggers will descend on Salt Lake City, we are all excited to learn and share all that we can with you. If you are attending RootsTech it is a sure bet you will not be able to attend every class on your wish list. But you can depend on others attending classes to be blogging, tweeting, and talking about their experiences via social media too. For those of you who are not … Read entire article »

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Ask-the-Pros — Question and Answer – 19 March 2013

From time to time we will answering questions posed on the Family History Expos website in the Ask-the-Pros section. Here is this post’s question: Question: How do I find an obituary of a person who died in 1945 in the Ft. Bayard VA Hospital, Grant county, New Mexico? Answer: Thank you for this interesting question. Whether or not an obituary was written and printed depends upon the decedent’s surviving family members since they would usually be the ones writing any paying for the publication of an obituary. If an individual died away from family and friends or had very limited economic means, then there may have been no obituary written. However, even absent a formal obituary, a local newspaper may have printed a death notice. On the other hand, if the person who … Read entire article »

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RootsTech 2013

I’m looking forward to RootsTech 2013, one of my favorite parts of any event is the exhibits. This year RootsTech has increased the size of their Exhibit Hall by 40%. You will find me spending a lot of time in the exhibits, his is where we learn about all the latest tech products straight from the companies providing them. I can’t wait to see what is new to me this year. If you bring an old family book or picture you can get it scanned for free and receive a disk to take home too. The Family History Library is offering a mini lab where you can get expert assistance right during the event. Again, this year the Exhibit Hall will offer a Demo Theater where you can view and learn about … Read entire article »

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Join us for the April Family History Library Retreat 2013

Join us for the April Family History Library Retreat 2013

The week of April 8 through April 12, we will be in Salt Lake City at the annual April Salt Lake City Family History Library Retreat 2013 sponsored by Family History Expos. Attendees at the Retreat will have an entire week of instruction and guided research at the Family History Library. Here is the lineup of those who will be presenting classes and helping with research guidance: Russell C. Bangerter, BA : Has a BA in … Read entire article »

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A Guided Research Opportunity at the Family History Library

A Guided Research Opportunity at the Family History Library

Would you like a week in Salt Lake City, Utah for a genealogical research visit to the Family History Library? What if you also got some expert  research help and structured classes? That is exactly what is happening with the April Salt Lake Family History Library Retreat sponsored by Family History Expos. The Retreat begins on Monday April 8, 2013 at 8:00 am with a one hour class followed by a full day of guided … Read entire article »

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