Sunday, January 17, 2010

Let's Go to Expo! Part 10!

We are really getting close to THE date, so I'd best get moving on my series of speaker intros for the Mesa, Az FH Expo! We've got a U.S. representative for Genline, AB. which offers access to Swedish records, some higher-ups who provide family history training to priesthood leaders, the founder of Heritage Quest!!!, and an instructor for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies! And more to follow those!

Kathy Meade volunteers at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. She has a degree in history and she'll be presenting the following:

1/22 @ 10:00 a.m.    Beginning Swedish Genealogy
1/22 @ 11:30 a.m.    Doing Swedish Research in a Computer World

We have a Duo in our midst: Lance McIntosh and Brent Summerhays!  Both work at FamilySearch and both are active in training Family History Consultants. They will be providing such training in Mesa at the following times:

1/23 @ 1:00 Session One;  2:30 Session Two, and 4:00 Session Three.

Does Leland Meitzler need an introduction? Like so many other speakers, I don't think so. But he is the founder of Heritage Quest and he did serve as  the Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and Everton's Genealogical Helper.  Are you ready for this entertaining instructor's speaking schedule?

1/22 @ 10:00  Organizing, Preserving, Accessing, and Sharing Your Genealogy Using Digital Documents and Pictures
1/22 @ 11:30  Using State and Territorial Censuses and Substitutes to Locate Your Family
1/23 @ 9:30    The Lay of the Land: Using Directories, Maps and Gazetteers
1/23 @ 11:00  Flames Over the Courthouse

 I'm intending to attend several of his presentations and I honestly can't wait!

Lisa Alzo is a genealogy instructor for GenClass and the National Institute of Genealogical Studies. She's authored 9 books. And she is also presenting at the Mesa Expo and I'm going to be attending at least one of her presentations!

1/23 @  2:30  Best Web Sites for East European Research
1/23 @ 4:00  Finding Your Elusive East European Ancestors

 If I could do this as a podcast, I would, because if I did, you'd know exactly who is up next!

Lisa Louise Cook, of The Genealogy Gems, is back for more fun in the sun (well, it's slated to rain, but it'll be fun anyway).  I am so excited to have her back, I can hardly type.  Her speaking schedule, at one point, anyway, interferes with my own presentation and I hope there's at least a small audience left for me!

1/22 @ 10:00  Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems I
1/22 @ 11:30  Google: A Goldmine of Genealogy Gems II
1/23 @ 1:00    Solving Family Tree Mysteries with Google Earth

Mark Tucker Thinks Genealogy so much he named his blog after the activity!  He's a software architect and family history enthusiast all rolled up into one! His presentations are:

1/22 @ 11:00 Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard
1/23 @  8:00  The Twittering Genealogist

If you prefer to learn more than your ancestors' names and dates and wish to learn about them as people who at some level influenced your life, then Marlo Schuldt has the presentation for you!  Marlo is the President of LifeStory Productions, Inc. which produces software to assist in writing family histories! He is the one to talk to about learning how to gather information. You can hear him speak about his software:

1/23 @ 11:00 a.m. Heritage Collector Software Demonstration

Another expert at the Family History Writing process is Michael Booth, the Vice-President for Development at RootsMagic and the creator of Personal  Historian. Come see what he has to say on the subject:

1/22 @ 4:30  Mapping Your Family History with Family Atlas
1/23 @ 2:30  Personal Historian: Bringing Life to Your Life Stories

What better place for a lecture on Mexican, Central and South American research than Mesa, Arizona? And what better person to present on topics of interest in this area than Patsy Huber?  Patsy is a native Guatemalen, and she also is the resident expert at the Mesa Family History Center.  I'm so excited to announce her speaking schedule:

1/23 @ 9:30  Helping Mexican, and Central and South American Researchers in Your FHC or Ward
1/23 @ 11:00 How to Do Mexican Research and Be Successful at It

The Guide to Ancestral Research in London is a book I would be very interested in, and the author is just the one to tell me all about it.  Phillip Dunn, AG is speaking at the Mesa Expo as well!  Just so happens he has much to teach about Scottish, Welsh and Irish research too!

1/22 @ 1:30  Finding Your English/Welsh Ancestors
1/22 @ 3:00  Finding your Scottish Ancestors – What Do You Need to Do?
1/22 @ 4:30  Finding Your Irish Ancestors – Are There Really Any Records?

We also have the Senior VP of Product at coming to Mesa!  WOOHOO!  He once worked at The Generations Network, too so we are getting our money's worth and more! So who is this man?

It's Roger Bell!

1/22 @ 4:30  Everything You Wanted to Know About
1/23 @ 2:30  How Best to Search and Browse Content

Sue Clark is an experience speaker and an experienced author and an experienced genealogist.  She is also presenting on an issue near and dear to our ancestors' lives and to current generations' lives, as well: Immigration:

1/22 @ 1:30  Ellis Island and the Immigrant Experience

Just-a-lookat-a-dat-face!  Dat is the face of Suzanne Russo Adams, AG who just happens to have expertise in Italian research!  She is the Society Partnership Manager at and will speak with us about the following:

1/23 @ 9:30  Simplifying Online Research with Family Tree
1/23 @ 11:00 Immigration and Emigration Records Online

Timothy Cross is responsible. Yes, you heard me right. He is the one responsible for it all.  At least for it all regarding the Family Tree portion of the  new FamilySearch!  He will tell us all about it:

1/22 @ 11:30 What’s New and Upcoming. He will repeat this presentation on 1/23 @ 11:00!

Now loook at the next face very carefully. It is the face of someone who is incredibly helpful, tech-savvy, and so energetic it makes me dizzy.

Thomas MacEntee (muh-KENT-ee, I believe it's pronounced; I'm sure he'll correct me if I'm wrong).  What better presenter to wrap up my series with?  Thomas is the technology and social networking guru of Geneabloggers and just wait until you see his speaking schedule!

1/22 @ 1:30 Twitter – It’s Not Just “What I Had for Breakfast” Anymore
1/23 @ 8:00 Become a Genealogy Blog User

Now I've been blogging about genealogy for almost 5 years now, and I still can't wait to hear what Thomas has to say!

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