This will be my third consecutive year attending the Arizona Family History Expo in Mesa. Last year was my first year as a presenter, and this year I've been invited to present again. I've also been given the opportunity to be a Blogger of Honor at this year's event. I'm thrilled to associate with the Geneablogging community, and this is an exciting opportunity.
Last year I facilitated a presentation entitled "When Past Meets Present to Change the Future: Using Genograms in Genealogical Research". This year, that same talk will be the third of my presentations. I chose to repeat it this year because it makes a very good "wrap-up" to my two new presentations, which is a two-parter entitled "Learn About YOU by Learning About Them: The Role of Culture in Genealogical Research". As you can tell, I like long titles!
In my professional life, I am a social worker. I work with children, teens and young adults who have complex health care needs and/or disabilities. I want to know more about people than their names, dates of birth and ages. I want to know who they are, what makes them able to manuever through this life, and what lessons they can teach me.
My genealogical goals are much the same: I want to know who my ancestors were as people: What did they look like? What were their interests? What traits might they have had that I share? These goals and my professional training lead me to the topics I wish to explore.
I hope to see many of you in Mesa next month. And to increase the chances of my seeing you there, I will have a few incentives to give a few people. Stay tuned!