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Genealogy Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois

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Event Location Address

Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites
1875 Mulholland Street
Nauvoo , Illinois 62354

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Event Date/Time

October 17, 2013 6:00 PM - October 20, 2013 12:00 AM

Description and Highlights


NOW is the time to increase your research skills. AND, discover family history in the land of your ancestors! Nauvoo, Illinois is the setting for this dynamic genealogy retreat where you can search the records and feel the spirit of history.

Thursday reception with FamilySearch and a chance to meet the professionals. Friday and Saturday you will learn how the pros research onsite at local repositories. It is like parachuting in tandem! The pros know the ropes and you are save in their hands. This retreat will be exceptional and you don't want to miss it!

The cost for this event is amazing and includes 3 nights lodging, 3 meals a day for both Friday and Saturday. PLUS, great classes, historic research experience, and walking the paths of your ancestors. Come enjoy the adventure!

Research Professionals

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. She 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, and co-authored a series of 16 family history interview books entitled Celebrating and Capturing the Memories.

Holly and her husband, Chris P. Hansen, have been married for 36 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.

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.
Sharon D. Monson : Professional Genealogist, the founder of GenSearch and more. Author of Shortcut to Genealogy Sources and Beginner Tech Guide. Sharon has extensive research experience in courthouses, the Family History Library, and repositories spanning 30+ years. Her weekly BLOG is helpful for the beginner as well as the experienced genealogist. Sharon is a frequent conference presenter whose classes cover a wide range of sources, methodology, and useful tips. Online genealogy websites available 24/7 present her with a challenge – Search or Sleep? In this case, Sleep never wins!

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1875 Mulholland Street  Nauvoo Illinois 62354

Event Registration Fee

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Event Lodging

  • Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites

    1875 Mulholland Street
    Nauvoo, IL 62354

    Room - Double Queen - $0.00

    Your hotel lodging at Nauvoo Family Inn & Suites is included with your registration when you register for two people.

    For single occupancy please add an additonal room cost of $90 for your three nights stay.

    To extend your stay, additional room nights can be booked at $85.50 per night.

    Please contact us and we will help you with the additional costs. 801-829-3295

Event Agenda

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- All classes are based on Mountain Time (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Agenda is subject to change without notice


Genealogy Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Agenda

Thursday, October 17, 2013
4:00 pm Hotel Check-in
6:00 pm Welcome Meeting & Hors d'oeuvres
1 Summer Kitchen Restaurant Welcome and Introductions  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
6:30 pm Class Session One Includes:
2 Summer Kitchen Restaurant How to Get Started with Family History  
( All Levels )
Shipley Munson
7:30 pm Sign up with Pros and Get Rested for Tomorrow

Genealogy Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Agenda

Friday, October 18, 2013
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Class Session Two Includes:
3 Summer Kitchen Restaurant Setting Goals to Focus Your Research   Login First
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
9:00 am Board Tour Bus for Hancock County
4 Tour Bus Looking at the Books: Genealogy Data at your Fingertips   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
10:00 am Hancock County Courthouse
5 Hancock County Courthouse Tour of Hancock County Courthouse  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
10:45 am Hancock County Historical Society and Carthage Jail
6 Historical Society and Carthage Jail Tour and Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
12:00 pm Lunch Break
12:30 pm Hancock County Historical Society and Carthage Jail
7 Historical Society and Carthage Jail Tour and Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
1:30 pm Board Tour Bus for Keokuk Public Library
8 Tour Bus Looking at the Books: Genealogy Data at your Fingertips   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
2:15 pm Research at Keokuk Public Library
3:30 pm Board Tour Bus for Pioneer Cemetery
9 Tour Bus Searching a Cemetery and Preserving the Data  
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
4:00 pm Tour Pioneer Cemetery
5:00 pm Dinner Break
6:30 pm Questions and Answers

Genealogy Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Agenda

Saturday, October 19, 2013
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Class Session Three Includes:
10 Summer Kitchen Restaurant Basic Sources: 1775 - 1815   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
9:00 am Transport to Nauvoo Visitors Center
9:30 am Historic Nauvoo
11 Nauvoo City Historic Nauvoo Wagon Ride  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
12 Nauvoo City Historic Nauvoo Carriage Ride  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
12:00 pm Lunch Break
12:30 pm Historical Research
13 Weld House Museum Weld House Museum Tour and Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
14 Nauvoo Land and Records Office Research at the Nauvoo Land and Records Office  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
2:30 pm Nauvoo FamilySearch Library
15 FamilySearch Library The FamilySearch Catalog: Key to the Collections   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
16 FamilySearch Library Using Microfilms and Microfiche in the Family History Library   Login First
( Beginner )
Sharon D. Monson
5:00 pm Dinner & Share and Tell
7:00 pm Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo ‘Optional Activity'
17 Cultural Hall Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen

Genealogy Retreat in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois Agenda

Sunday, October 20, 2013
8:00 am On Your Own Sunday Site Seeing and Check Out

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Holly T. Hansen