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Family History Expo at Rapid City, South Dakota

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Event Location Address

Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn
505 N. Fifth Street
Rapid City , South Dakota 57709

Click Here to view the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn website.

Event Date/Time

May 16, 2014 5:30 PM - May 17, 2014 4:30 PM

Description and Highlights

Come join us for great research classes, technology classes and so much more will be offered to assist you with your family history goals!

Plan ahead for meals and purchase them as you register.To guarantee your meals please pre-pay for the Friday evening Banquet and Saturday Box lunch as you register.

Full registration includes access to the Friday evening keynote presentations. Those wanting to attend the banquet must have a banquet ticket to attend the dinner. 

Click here to download a flyer and share it with friends, your genealogy group, and post one in your local library, church, or store. We want everyone interested in family history to have an opportunity to attend and increase research and Internet skills.

Class Handouts are included with registration. PDF handouts are available for download directly from the website once you have completed your online registration. You are encouraged to print copies and bring them with you for the classes you plan to attend. You also have the option to purchase our 2014 Family History Expos Class Handouts in printed book format for only $25.00. The 2014 edition contains handouts for several Expos, you will enjoy the bonus materials. Purchase the 2014 Class Handouts as you register or directly from our online Store. Notice: We are not providing handouts on CD this year as many computers no longer have CD drives. Be sure to bring copies with you or pre-purchase the printed version and we will deliver it to you at the Expo.

Opening Keynote

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.
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.

Notable Presenters

Ruth Ellen Maness, AG : 35+ years experience in Germanic & Scandinavian records, former Senior Consultant at the FamilySearch Family History Library; Co-author, Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen "Mormon" Passenger Lists, Legacy of Sacrifice; Lecturer at Brigham Young University Genealogy Conferences, Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conferences, National Genealogical Society annual conferences, regional & local conferences; former Instructor/Track Coordinator, Salt Lake Institute; Author, Scandinavia – Questions & Answers in Everton’s Genealogical Helper; Field trip experience in Scandinavia & Europe, Germany, Poland, England, South Africa, and Eastern/Southern/Mid-Western United States of America.
Ruby Coleman : Ruby Coleman: Professional genealogical researcher, instructor, lecturer, and freelance writer. Coleman has been doing professional genealogy research for over 40 years. She has lectured at national, state, and local conferences as well as online webinars. She is the past-president of the Nebraska State Genealogical Society and the 2011 winner of the Nebraska Genealogist of the Year Award from the NSGS. Coleman is currently president of the North Platte Genealogical Society in North Platte, Nebraska.

Maps & Menus

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505 N. Fifth Street  Rapid City South Dakota 57709

Event Registration Fee

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Event Lodging

  • Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn - Rapid City

    505 N. 5th St Rapid City, SD 57701

    Room - Standard or King Leisure - $89.99

    The $89.99 room rate is per night and does not include taxes. If you prefer a King Executive room the cost is $99.99 or a Plaza Suite the cost is $119.99. All sleeping rooms are subject to a 8.5% occupancy tax, $2.00 city occupancy tax, and $2.18 Downtown Improvement Levy.

    Hotel check in time is 4:00 pm. Checkout time is prior to 12:00 noon. The hotel will make every effort to accomodate requests for early check in or late check out, however they cannot guarantee being able to do so.

    Method of Reservations - Online or by Phone

    Online: Click Here to make hotel reservation online or go to www.rushmoreplaza.com, click on reservations, enter dates, and group booking code "FHE".

    Phone: You must make your own reservation by calling the hotel directly at 605-348-4000 or by calling the Holiday Inn toll-free reservations at 1-800-HOLIDAY prior to the cut off date. Ask for the Family History Expo (FHE) Block.


    Business center, health and fitness center, free standard Internet service, indoor pool, and more. 

    CUT OFF DATE: April 15, 2014

    Rooms must be booked by this date. Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted and confirmed upon availability or the current rate. It is understood that there is no guarantee that rooms will be available at our special rate after this cut off date.

Event Agenda

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- All classes are based on Mountain Time or Mountain Daylight Time
- Agenda is subject to change without notice


Family History Expo at Rapid City, South Dakota Agenda

Friday, May 16, 2014
5:30 pm Check-in & Pick Up Registration Packets
6:00 pm Dinner Banquet
7:00 pm Keynote Presentations
1 Salon A-C Family History: it's a love story!  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
2 Salon A-C Family History: it's a love story!  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
8:00 pm We will have time for some questions and answers. Then, time to rest and get ready for a great day of learning tomorrow!

Family History Expo at Rapid City, South Dakota Agenda

Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:00 am Check-in - Browse Books and Family History Products
8:30 am Class Session One Includes:
3 Salon A Prose on the Prairie: Letters, Diaries and Journals   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruby Coleman
4 Salon B Budding Genealogist? Get Ready to Bloom with Ten Tips for Beginner Research   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
5 Salon C Tracing New York Ancestors: A Two-part Advanced Course - Part I: Western New York   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
9:30 am Visit Exhibits
10:00 am Class Session Two Includes:
6 Salon A Welcome to America: The Immigrant Woman   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruby Coleman
7 Salon B Organize Your Research with Genealogy Software   Login First
( All Levels )
K. Bradley Monson, MEd
8 Salon C Tracing New York Ancestors: A Two-part Advanced Course - Part II: Skip New York? NO!   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
11:00 am Visit Exhibits & Win Prizes!
11:30 am Class Session Three Includes:
9 Salon A Find Your German Ancestors Now!: Strategies For Solving German Research Problems   Login First
( Experienced )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
10 Salon B Best 25 Sources for Proving Your Pedigree   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
11 Salon C Using Flip-Pal with Genealogy   Login First
( All Levels )
Philipp M. Mayer
12:30 pm Meal Break, Visit Exhibits & Win Prizes!
1:30 pm Class Session Four Includes:
12 Salon A Helpful German Research Websites   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
13 Salon B Historical Records on FamilySearch: Easy Access and No Cost   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
14 Salon C Organizing Genealogical Information   Login First
( All Levels )
Philipp M. Mayer
2:30 pm Visit Exhibits & Win Prizes!
3:00 pm Class Session Five Includes:
15 Salon A Searching Scandinavian Church Records and Interpreting Feast Days: Analysis and Evidence   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruth Ellen Maness, AG
16 Salon B The Sky's the Limit - View Ancestral Homes, Schools, Churches and Cemeteries with GOOGLE   Login First
( All Levels )
K. Bradley Monson, MEd
17 Salon C Presenting Genealogical Information   Login First
( All Levels )
Philipp M. Mayer
4:00 pm Last Chance Shopping for Family History Toys and Tools!
4:30 pm Closing Keynote and Grand Prizes Awarded
18 Salon A-C Closing Keynote Address and Grand Prize Drawing!  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
5:00 pm Expo Ends at 5:00 pm - Travel safe and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Event Sponsors

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Family History Expos, Inc.  

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Major Sponsorship

Celebrating Family History  

Event Contact

For more information contact:
FHE Office