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Family History Retreat at the Family History Library

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Event Location Address

Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
122 West South Temple
Salt Lake City , Utah 84101
801-521-0130

Click Here to view the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel website.

Event Date/Time

October 27, 2014 8:00 AM - October 31, 2014 7:00 PM

Description and Highlights

This Retreat is not for everyone. But, if you are serious about your personal family history, NOW is the time to invest in becoming the expert genealogist you want to be. You do not have to be a professional genealogist to research like one. This Family History Retreat focuses on details for becoming an expert genealogist. We offer two classes per day along with research at the Family History Library with professionals available for eight hours each day. Your understanding of the records needed to successfully research your family history will increase substantially. After five days of classes followed by time to apply the new skills to your specific needs will increase your productivity and success. Enjoy a full week of research without the many distractions you experience at home. Your week at the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the most productive investments you will ever make in your family history. Come learn to research with the pros!

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.
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!
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.

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122 West South Temple  Salt Lake City Utah 84101

Event Registration Fee

  • Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Event Lodging

  • Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
    122 West South Temple
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
    Room - King or Double Queen - $75.00

    All classes are held in this hotel.

    To guarantee your reservations call 801-521-0130. Please tell the hotel you are with the "Family History Expos" group when making reservations to get our special rate. Cut off date is 27 September 2014. After the cut off date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis only at regular rates.

    If you have questions be sure to call, Rich Williams, his direct line is 801-606-2410. Rich will take very good care of you.

    Free wireless internet

    * Free shuttle to and from the airport

    * Hotel located adjacent to the library for easy walking

    * All rooms include mini-fridge, microwave, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, and coffee maker

    * $5.00 per day parking

  • Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites, Salt Lake

    230 W. 500 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    Room - King or Double Queen - $72.00

    To guarantee your reservations call 801-328-4466. Please inform the hotel you are with the "Family History Expos" group to receive our special rate. Cut off date is 10 October 2014. After the cut off date, reservations will be accepted on a space available basis.

    • Free hot breakfast buffet
    • Free highspeed wireless internet access
    • All rooms include a mini-fridge, microwave, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and coffee maker
    • Free shuttle to and from the airport
    • Free Shuttle to and from the Family History Library
    • Free Parking
    • Oversized guestrooms with separate seating area and work station

     

Event Agenda

- Click on a class title to read the class description
- Click on a speaker name to read his or her bio
- Click on the down arrow icon to read the class handout (registeration is required to view handouts)
- All classes are based on Mountain Time (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Agenda is subject to change without notice

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Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Monday, October 27, 2014
8:00 am Step One:
1 Hotel Classroom Navigating the FamilySearch Library   Login First
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
2 Hotel Classroom Exploring the Resources of FamilySearch.org and its Family Tree program   Login First
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
9:00 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 9 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Step Two:
3 Hotel Classroom Deductive Reasoning and Logic  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Stay and Ask Questions
 

Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
8:00 am Step Three:
4 Hotel Classroom The FamilySearch Catalog: Key to the Collections   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
9:00 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 9 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Step Four:
5 Hotel Classroom Looking at the Books: Genealogy Data at your Fingertips   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Wednesday, October 29, 2014
8:00 am Step Five:
6 Hotel Classroom Setting Goals to Focus Your Research   Login First
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
9:00 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 9 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Step Six:
7 Hotel Classroom Research FUNdamentals: Strategies for Successful Genealogical Research  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Thursday, October 30, 2014
8:00 am Step Seven:
8 Hotel Classroom Research FUNdamentals: Basic Sources to Find Your Ancestors  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
9:00 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 9 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Step Eight:
9 Hotel Classroom Reading Old Style Handwriting   Login First
( All Levels )
Sharon D. Monson
6:30 pm Break for Dinner or Research on your own Library Closes at 9 pm
 

Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Friday, October 31, 2014
8:00 am Step Nine:
10 Hotel Classroom The FamilySearch Research Wiki: The most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet   Login First
( All Levels )
James L. Tanner
9:00 am Research with Professionals at the Family History Library from 9 am to 5 pm
5:30 pm Step Ten:
11 Hotel Classroom A Gift of Family History  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
6:30 pm Retreat Officially Ends! Thank You to Everyone!
 

Family History Retreat at the Family History Library Agenda


Saturday, November 01, 2014
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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Event Contact

For more information contact:
FHE Office
info@fhexpos.com
801-829-3295