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Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Expo

Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Expo

Event Location Address

Historic Homestead Resort
700 North Homestead Drive P.O. Box 99
Midway , Utah 84049
888-327-7220 or 435-657-3806

Click Here to view the Historic Homestead Resort website.

Event Date/Time

November 11, 2016 04:00 PM   -   November 12, 2016 06:00 PM

Description and Highlights

Join us for two days of family history research quidance and we'll show you how the Experts do it! Learn to use the tools that Experts use for phenominal research success! This Family History Expo will focus on the details of assisting you to become an expert on your own personal family history. We help you make decisions that lead to research success. You bring an expectation to learn the skills the Experts use to break through brick walls.

We look forward to showing you how and where the records are kept. Learn how to access records online from home. Learn to use local libraries or archives, as well as researching with your boots on the ground onsite! You will learn how to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the local area of an ancestral home. You will learn to do the homework before you take an extensive research trip, so you will be prepared for success when you arrive. 

Download our Retreat Flyer and share it with your friends, family, and other genealogy enthusiasts.

Good stuff included with your registration:

  • Professional classroom instruction
  • Personal Research Consultation by email for Early Bird registrants (Early Bird expires September 30th)
  • One free 18"x24" B&W Genealogy Chart (with your ancestors printed on the chart)
  • Family History Research goodie bag stuffed with supplies and surprises!
  • Event DVD includes:
    • PDF Research Guide
    • Area Video of Beauty and Local Business
    • Heritage Collector Standard 9.0 (PC)
    • Ancestral Quest 14 Basics (Mac or PC)
    • Free Historical/Scenery Graphics
    • 2017 Calendar Template
    • Greeting Card Template

Optional Add-ons you may want to consider:

  • Printed Research Guide (if you prefer paper instead of digital books)
  • Scanning Party (Bring a "Sterlite 6 Qt. shoebox" lid on, packed with 3"x3" up to 8"x10" non damaged, non-mounted, loose photos. We will scan them for only $25. $35 if you want us to provide a 16 GB flash drive) One per family.
  • Friday Evening Banquet (Come join us for dinner with the Experts and get to know them before classes begin)
  • Saturday Lunch Meal (Convenient lunch box delivered directly to the classroom)


Family History Expos, LifeStory Productions, Genealogy Wall Charts, Wave Publishing, Inc., Incline Software, TMC The MultiMedia Centers, and Probst Family Funerals.

Opening Keynote

Holly T. Hansen President and founder of Family History Expos, Inc., has been instrumental in helping thousands understand the principles, strategies, and sources they can use to trace their roots in today's ever-changing technological environment.

She is the mastermind behind more than 50 Family History Expos, held across the United States, and numerous Retreats at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, and repositories in diverse cities. She is dedicated to helping individuals and families, one-on-one, with their personal research needs. Currently, she is involved in creating podcasts, webinars, and video presentations to help people move forward in their family history endeavors.

Holly’s titles include author, lecturer, editor and publisher. She has produced more than 100 unique syllabus and class handout books for Family History Expos attendees. Hansen is a former editor of Everton's Genealogical Helper magazine, and editor of the 10th and 11th editions of The Handybook for Genealogists, with more than one million copies sold. She has also authored The Directory of North American Railroads, Trekking for Ancestors, co-authored a series of 16 family history interview books entitled Celebrating and Capturing the Memories and 20 in-depth Research Guides for many aspects of family history research.

Holly and her husband, Chris P. Hansen, have been married for 38 years and are the parents of five remarkable children. Holly received an Honors BA in History from Weber State University and continues to dedicate time to education on a daily basis.

Notable Presenters

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. President and founder of The Genealogical Institute, Inc., Dr. Eakle is a professional genealogist with more than 30 years' experience in research, consulting, lecturing, and writing. She has addressed more than 600 conferences, expos, seminars, and retreats.

Dr. Eakle is an expert in tracing families from New York, Southern U.S., British Isles, Switzerland, and parts of Germany. She claims a 96% success rate.

Dr. Eakle writes more than six blogs—Genealogy Evidence (since 2006), Kentucky, Scots-Irish, New York, Tennessee, Virginia and The Kingdoms: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the Isles of the Sea. The focus of The Kingdoms blog is on the time period before America was settled, up to 1750.

The Genealogy Library Center, Inc., a non-profit genealogy library established by Arlene and her husband Alma Eakle, will be open to the public: With more than 100 manuscript collections, including a 6 ½ ton collection of English research materials; the Holly T. Hansen United States Book Collection (especially Virginia and Kentucky marriage records); and the Conner-Bishop Book Collection of more than 70,000 volumes.

Something you may not know about Dr. Eakle: She was an ethnic surname consultant to the US Bureau of the Census and the National Archives for the 1990 Federal Census.

James L. Tanner Is a retired attorney and business owner with over 33 years of experience in genealogical research. James was an intelligence officer during the Vietnam War, has a BA Degree in Spanish, a Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and a JD Degree in Law from Arizona State University.

He has nearly 40 years experience as a trial attorney in Arizona with experience in both real estate and probate law among other areas of the law. His expertise is in high demand, he taught classes at the Mesa FamilySearch Library for 10 years. He is currently teaching from nine to eleven hours a week at the BYU FamilySearch Library and training all Missionaries on the floor. He is the author of The Guide to FamilySearch Online.

James is an avid Blogger and his genealogy blog, Genealogy's Star is one of the top genealogy blogs in the US. He has been a presenter at a number of Expos and Conferences. He is the former owner of a retail computer business and Apple Macintosh software company.

Maps & Menus

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  • Homestead Property Guest Map   Download

Event Lodging

Event Agenda

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- All classes are based on local time
- Agenda is subject to change without notice



Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Expo Agenda

Friday, November 11, 2016

12:00 pm Scanning Party: Bring your photos for scanning and use during the Expo
4:00 pm 12:00 to 4:00 pm - Check-in and pick up registration packets
5:00 pm Meet the Experts Banquet and Keynote Presentation
6:30 pm Classes from our Sponsors
8:10 pm Watch your Ancestral Charts Print and Take Them With You


Research Like the Experts and Family History Christmas Gift Expo Agenda

Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:00 am Check-in and Enjoy Shopping
8:30 am First Class Session Begins
9:30 am Break
10:00 am Second Class Sessions Begins
11:00 am Break
11:30 am Third Class Session Begins
12:30 pm Lunch Break
2:00 pm Fourth Class Session Begins
3:00 pm Break
3:30 pm Fifth Class Session Begins
4:30 pm Expo Officially Ends. Be Safe and We Look Forward to Serving You Again Real Soon!

Event Sponsors

Show Sponsor
Family History Expos, Inc.  

Supported By
LifeStory Productions, Inc,  Heritage Collector Software & 'How To' Books  

Media Sponsorship
Wave Publishing, Inc.  

Basic Sponsorship
Ancestral Quest  
Probst Family Funerals  
TMC The MultiMedia Centers  

Event Contact

For more information contact:
FHE Office

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