Holly T.   Hansen

President and Founder of Family History Expos, Inc.: A lifelong resident of Croydon, Utah, Holly is a family history educator with more than 20 years experience. Although she sponsors elaborate events, she also enjoys helping people one-on-one as they learn how to make technology work for them. Author, lecturer, editor, and publisher, Holly devotes time every day to education.


January 17, 2014
1:15 pm : Local Repositories Hold Records that Assist in Family History Research

(All Levels) This class will focus on records available in local repositories including courthouses, cemeteries, libraries, and more. You will learn about the laws that require records to be created, preserved and made available for use. Learning the difference between public and private repositories and how to access the records. This class is valuable as there similar repositories throughout this country and the world that you will need to know about to successfully research your family history. We will meet at the County Courthouse and caravan from one repository to another during this session.

6:00 pm : A Gift of Family History

(All Levels) Holly will share stories that have kept her engaged in family history for many years. She will also show some great ways to share your discoveries with family, friends, and the world. Learn to organize, preserve and share your family history discoveries.

January 18, 2014
9:00 am : Celebrating My Family Tree Software Setup and Organization

(All Levels) Learn how to use your genealogy software to organize your research files. We will be using Celebrating My Family Tree genealogy software during this class. You are welcome to bring your laptop (PC) and follow along with the presentation. (Software is available for purchase online or during the Retreat in the exhibit area.)

10:30 am : Research FUNdamentals: Principles for Successful Genealogical Research

(All Levels) Learn the principles of research that assist in correctly identifying and documenting your family history. Make sure you are not climbing the wrong tree! Beginners and Experienced researchers will increase their research skills as they implement and follow the principles of fundamental research.

1:30 pm : Goals to Focus Your Research

(All Levels) This class will help you prioritize your time and efforts as you begin a research project. Once you have a list of possible research objectives, you can then arrange the appropriate order for research.

4:00 pm : Organize, Preserve and Share

(All Levels) This class will help you to know what to do with all the information you accumulate while doing research. The best way to organize your information is by using a genealogy program that has the basic tools necessary to organize and preserve your research, and then share it with others. We will review the basic steps to entering information from your research into a genealogy program.