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Family History Retreat at St. George, Utah

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Event Location Address

Best Western Plus Abbey Inn & Suites
1129 S. Bluff St.
St. George , Utah 84770

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Event Date/Time

January 17, 2014 1:00 PM - January 18, 2014 5:00 PM

Description and Highlights


NOW is the time to increase your research skills. AND, discover family history close to home! St. George, Utah is the setting for this dynamic genealogy retreat where you will learn about the records and feel the spirit of history. There is limited seating at this event so register now to be sure you have a spot.

Friday we will tour historic areas in St. George, learn about laws that govern record creation and preservation, then enjoy our keynote and dinner at the Best Western Abbey Inn. Saturday indepth discussion and application of the principles and strategies used by successful researchers will be our focus. This retreat will be exceptional and you don't want to miss it!


Opening Keynote

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.

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1129 S. Bluff St.  St. George Utah 84770

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  • Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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Family History Retreat at St. George, Utah Agenda

Friday, January 17, 2014
1:00 pm Welcome and Get Acquainted
1:15 pm Session One
1 Washington County Local Repositories Hold Records that Assist in Family History Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
5:00 pm Dinner at the Abbey Inn
6:00 pm Keynote Presentations
2 Tuscany Never Give Up: There is a Story to Discover and One to Tell  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
3 Tuscany A Gift of Family History  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
7:30 pm Ask your questions and we'll see you in the morning!

Family History Retreat at St. George, Utah Agenda

Saturday, January 18, 2014
8:30 am Check-in - Browse Books and Family History Products
9:00 am Session Two
4 Tuscany Celebrating My Family Tree Software Setup and Organization  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
10:00 am Break and Visit Exhibits
10:30 am Session Three
5 Tuscany Research FUNdamentals: Principles for Successful Genealogical Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
6 Tuscany Research FUNdamentals: Strategies for Successful Genealogical Research  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm Session Four
7 Tuscany Goals to Focus Your Research  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
8 Tuscany Research FUNdamentals: Basic Sources to Find Your Ancestors  
( All Levels )
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.
3:30 pm Break and Visit Exhibits
4:00 pm Session Five
9 Tuscany Organize, Preserve and Share  
( All Levels )
Holly T. Hansen
5:00 pm Last Chance Shopping for Family History Toys and Tools!

Event Sponsors

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Family History Expos, Inc.  

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Celebrating Family History  

Basic Sponsorship

Legacy Media  

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