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Southern States Library Learning Experience

Event Location Address

Research at Family History Library / Classroom & Lodging at Crystal Inn Hotel
230 W. 500 S.
Salt Lake City , Utah 84101

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Event Date/Time

July 13, 2015 08:00 AM   -   July 18, 2015 06:30 PM

Description and Highlights

Tracing a Southern pedigree is one of the most difficult genealogy challenges you will experience—consider:  you have been looking for your ancestors for 20-25 years. And you are still looking.  Every time you come to the FamilySearch Library, you bring the same research tasks you brought with you last time. You are looking for the same ancestor.

The elements of research are a primary focus of this event to assist you in furthering your education and understanding of genealogical problem solving. Come join us and learn how to bypass the destruction of records in the South. We will emphasis records that were never in the courthouse, how to find them, and how to use them to extend your pedigree. You will be totally amazed at the sheer volume of records available for US Southern States lineages. Because of the record loss the Family History Library has worked hard to build this collection and  bring additional record types into their holdings. Come and spend 5 full days of uninterrupted research with some of the most knowledgable researchers in the world. We are here to help you with your personal research proplems. We are committed to helping you find the answers.

With your paid registration you receive classroom instruction, 5 days of research assistance at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, a digital and printed copy of the Southern States Research Guide, and a DVD of presentations shipped after the the event is over.

Research Professionals

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.

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.

Billy Dubois Edgington BA in History from University of California Irvine, after two years at San Jose State, and three years at Antioch College, Ohio. Over 40 years experience in historical and genealogical research. Currently Billy provides a research and lookup service using the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also does contract research for ProGen at Billy is the co-author of Vital Information from the Guion Miller Roll and author of African-Cherokee Connections. Past contributor to Everton's Genealogical Helper.

Other Experts and Assistants on Staff for this Retreat

Ruth Ellen Maness, AG 35+ years experience in Germanic & Scandinavian records, former Senior Consultant at the FamilySearch Family History Library; Co-author, German and Scandinavian Research Guide; German Research Guide: Sources Strategies, & Methodology; Scandinavian Research Guide: Sources and Strategies; Locating Ancestors in the Old Country: A Research Guide; and Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen "Mormon" Passenger Lists, Legacy of Sacrifice. She is frequently a lecturer at the National Genealogical Society annual conferences, Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conferences, Brigham Young University Genealogy Conferences and many other regional & local conferences; Maness is the former Instructor/Track Coordinator at the Salt Lake Institute. Maness is the author for, Scandinavia – Questions & Answers in Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine. Maness spends at least 6 weeks each year doing field research in Scandinavia, Europe, Germany, and Poland. She also has done field trips in England, South Africa, and Eastern/Southern/Mid-Western United States of America.

Kimberly A. Savage Director at Family History Expos. Kim graduated from Weber State University in Health Information Management of Records & Information Systems and Technology. She has more than 25-years research experience and instructs genealogy classes in fun, creative ways encouraging others with their family history.

Marlo E. Schuldt President of LifeStory Productions, Inc., an Orem, Utah-based company that develops family history software and provides assistance to individuals desiring to gather, prepare, print, and share family history. With BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University, he recently patented the Heritage Collector Software. Father of five; grandfather of eight.

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Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Monday, July 13, 2015

7:30 am Check-in & Pick Up Registration Packets
8:00 am Session One Includes:
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Two Includes:
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Stay and Ask Questions


Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

8:00 am Session Three Includes:
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Four Includes:
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm


Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

8:00 am Session Five Includes:
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Six Includes:
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm


Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Thursday, July 16, 2015

8:00 am Session Seven Includes:
11:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 11:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Eight Includes:
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm


Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Friday, July 17, 2015

8:00 am Session Nine Includes:
10:30 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 10:30 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Session Ten Includes:
6:30 pm Retreat Officially Ends! Thank You to Everyone!


Southern States Library Learning Experience Agenda

Saturday, July 18, 2015

8:00 am Take advantage of your time in SLC. Saturday, plan to research on your own using your new research skills.

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