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Family History Retreat at Colby, Kansas

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Event Location Address

City Limits Convention Center
2227 S Range Ave
Colby , Kansas 67701

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Event Date/Time

June 6, 2014 12:30 PM - June 7, 2014 5:00 PM

Description and Highlights

This Family History Retreat focuses on details for becoming an expert genealogist. We will explore prarie life onsite and genealogy fundamentals in the research classes. Come to the retreat with the expectation to learn the fundamental skills that professionals use to break down brick walls for their clients.

We look forward to showing you how and where the records are kept. How to access them online from home, using a FamilySearch facility and onsite. We will teach you why visiting a local area of an ancestral home will yield further results when you do your homework first. This Retreat will assist you with your family history no matter where your ancestors lived.

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

Cost of registration includes:

  • Professional Instruction and handouts for all classes
  • Friday night hotel accommodations
  • Friday evening dinner
  • Saturday breakfast and lunch
  • Paid admission to the Prairie Museum of Art and History
  • A Family History Expo Handout CD with more than 300 pages of amazing research assistance by topic
  • Complimentary 12 month subscription to "Celebrating Family History Digital Magazine"
  • Family History Research Kit stuffed with goodies!

Early registration is encouraged.

Those participating in the tour will meet at the Conference Center at 12:30 in the afternoon and be ready for the tour to begin at 1:00 pm sharp. 

For those of you who are unable to make the tours please meet us at the Conference by 4:30pm, you will be so happy you did!

Class Handouts are included with registration. You will receive a printed copy with your Retreat Packet at checkin. 

If you have questions please contact us.

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.
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.

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2227 S Range Ave  Colby Kansas 67701

Event Registration Fee

  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Event Lodging

  • Hotel Included

    Your hotel is included with the registration fee for this event. 

    Room - King or Double Queen - $90.00

    Registration includes Friday night hotel accommodations. For additional nights purchase them during the registration process or contact us at 801-829-3295 and we'll be happy to assist you..

    Breakfast and WiFi are included at no additional cost to you.

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 Retreat at Colby, Kansas Agenda

Friday, June 06, 2014
12:30 pm Check-in & Pick Up Registration Packets
1:00 pm Research Field Trip of Historic Places and Repositories
1 Museum The Prairie Museum of Art & History and Archives of The Sons and Daughters of the Soddies  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
2 Courthouse How Many Repositories are in One Courthouse?  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
3 Cemetery Cemeteries, Where are the Records?  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
4 Church Church Records are Revealing  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
5 Library Libraries hold Valuable Resources with Genealogy Data at your Fingertips  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
6 FamilySearch Center Using a FamilySearch Center to Assist with Your Research  
( All Levels )
Facility Staff
6:30 pm Keynote Presentations
7 Otterbourne Room Looking at the Books: Genealogy Data at your Fingertips   Login First
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
8 Otterbourne Room A Gift of Family History  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
8:30 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 Retreat at Colby, Kansas Agenda

Saturday, June 07, 2014
8:00 am Check-in - Browse Books and Family History Products
8:30 am Classroom Session One
9 Otterbourne Room Celebrating My Family Tree Software Setup and Organization  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
10 Otterbourne Room Goals to Focus Your Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
10:30 am Classroom Session Two
11 Otterbourne Room Research FUNdamentals: Principles for Successful Genealogical Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
12 Otterbourne Room Research FUNdamentals: Strategies for Successful Genealogical Research  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm Classroom Session Three
13 Otterbourne Room Research FUNdamentals: Basic Sources to Find Your Ancestors  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
14 Otterbourne Room Homestead Records Online   Login First
( All Levels )
Ruby Coleman
3:30 pm Break and Visit Exhibits
4:00 pm Classroom Session Four
15 Otterbourne Room Organize, Preserve and Share  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
5:00 pm Last Chance Shopping for Family History Toys and Tools!
6:00 pm Dinner at City Limits Convention Center

Event Sponsors

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Family History Expos, Inc.  

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Major Sponsorship

Celebrating Family History  

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