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March 22 & 23, 2013
Genealogy & Technology Conference
LDS Church • 6751 NE 70th St • Kansas City, MO 64119
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Friday, March 22, 2013

9:30 am Session

Creating a Family History Blog
by Mandy Beyeler
Learn more about Mandy Beyeler
learn the basics of how to start a blog and different ways to use it as a way to record family history. Such topics to be discussed include what is a blog, blogging platforms, templates and layout, and various ways to run a family blog including several contributors.


Developing A Research Plan
by Lauri Jean Swett
Learn more about Lauri Jean Swett
This class will explain what a research plan is and why it is important. It will teach you how to develop a plan and walk you through the steps. You will be introduced to tools to help you research smarter.


Finding the Obscure & Elusive: Geographic Info on the Web (pre recorded)
by James L. Tanner
To locate an ancestor, you need to know a name, a date and a place. Even if you know a name and date, finding that ancestor can be a frustrating experience when the location of an event is very elusive or no longer in existence. Fortunately, new online map tools, plus time-proven research techniques, can help you find almost any geographic location in the world. This presentation will teach you the geographic tools, techniques and search methods to find those obscure and elusive locations and in many cases, how to view photographs of the locations on your computer.


Getting Started - Beginners Class Part 1
by Cindy Whitney
Learn more about Cindy Whitney
If you have never filled out a pedigree chart or a family group record before, this class is for you! Learn how to sort through all of those shoeboxes full of old pictures, stories and documents, as well as start to gather the information you need to get started on your genealogy journey.


Navigating Ancestry.com
by Janelle Jenkins
Learn more about Janelle Jenkins
Ancestry.com is one of the most utilized and important tools on the internet for researching your family history. Learn the basics of maneuvering this website and tricks to make the most of your time there.


Organizing Your Genealogy
by Teddi Essig
Learn more about Teddi Essig
Are you at the point where you just can’t find someone? Have you looked and looked and don’t know where to go next? Let’s see what possibilities are out there!


Researching Scandanavian Records
by Vonda Fuller
Learn more about Vonda Fuller
Learn how to decipher names and dates of Norwegian ancestors. This will help you go onto any record database and succeed. Learning Patronymics is essential for success in researching Scandinavian languages. This will be a fun and lively class!


The Future of Genealogy (pre-recorded)
by Thomas MacEntee
Where will the genealogy industry and the family history community be in the next five years? What tools will be most important, what products will consumers want? Our panel of experts from the genealogy world make their predictions fro the future of genealogy.


The Genealogist's Gadget Bag (pre-recorded)
by Jill Ball & Panel
In this show and tell session lead by Australian Jill all, and international panel of genealogists will discuss and display the contents of the gadget bags they take with them on their genealogy jaunts. Each panelist will outline what she just can’t live without when visiting families, going on road trips, setting sail on a geneacruise, dropping by a cemetery, visiting resource repositories or attending a genealogy conference.


Writing My Ancestors' History - Beginners
by Michael Call
Learn more about Michael Call
Have you heard stories about your parents, grandparents, or other ancestors that you hope to pass along to your children or future children? Maybe you have bits and pieces of their lives and don’t know how to preserve them? If you are just starting out with compiling your ancestors’ histories, come learn various approaches to finding, compiling, and writing these histories to assure they are preserved for future generations.

 

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10:45 am Session (Friday, March 22)

Digital Books of Remembrance
by Gordon Taylor presented by Mable Blanchard
Learn more about Gordon Taylor
This class will give a brief overview of a Book of Remembrance We will share some ideas of possible content of this summary of your life – genealogy, brief histories and important events with multimedia. Multimedia including: pictures, documents, audio and video. We will show a digital application and how to prepare and add this content from existing documents. Once the content is in digital form it can be shared or repurposed for many exciting things. Some ideas include: sharing or collaborating of the genealogy, sharing events on social networks, publishing books, scrape books, webpages, etc. But most important you can now have a Digital Book of Remembrance of your life that can be shared with ALL your family..


Digital Family Reunions
by Mandy Beyeler
Learn more about Mandy Beyeler
Learn various ways to incorporate digital technology into planning and during a family reunion. Such topics to be discussed include Facebook Groups and Events, Google+ Hangouts, Blogs, Pinterest Group Boards, slideshows, and hashtags via Twitter and Instagram.

Getting Started - Beginners Class Part 2
by Cindy Whitney
Learn more about Cindy Whitney
Where do I continue to look to gather the information that I need for my genealogy research? This class will help you know how and where to collect the important documents and information that will help your search progress.


Military Records Destroyed
by Kathleen Brandt
Learn more about Kathleen Brandt
This workshop gives the ABC's of reconstructing your veteran's military records.


Navigating Ancestry.com
by Janelle Jenkins
Learn more about Janelle Jenkins
Ancestry.com is one of the most utilized and important tools on the internet for researching your family history. Learn the basics of maneuvering this website and tricks to make the most of your time there.


Organizing Your Genealogy
by Teddi Essig
Learn more about Teddi Essig
Are you at the point where you just can’t find someone? Have you looked and looked and don’t know where to go next? Let’s see what possibilities are out there!


Researching Military Records
by Lauri Jean Swett
Learn more about Lauri Jean Swett
This class is an introduction to the types of military records one might find, where the records are located and how to determine if an ancestor served.


Researching Scandanavian Records
by Vonda Fuller
Learn more about Vonda Fuller
Learn how to decipher names and dates of Norwegian ancestors. This will help you go onto any record database and succeed. Learning Patronymics is essential for success in researching Scandinavian languages. This will be a fun and lively class!


Tell it Again (pre-recorded)
by Kim Weitkamp
In one quick workshop learn the tricks that will make people ask you to TELL IT AGAIN. Whether you are a blogger, a parent, a performer, a speaker, or a CEO…learning how to craft and deliver a good story is a tool that we all need in our toolbox. From bedside to podium, statistics show that story is the greatest form of communicatoin available to us. Kim Weitkamp will share easy to apply basics that will help you tell stories that will be requested over and over again.


Using Family Search
by Jolene Clark
Learn more about Jolene Clark
Find out how to get the most out of using the FamilySearch website. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more.


Writing & Publishing My Ancestors' History - Intermediate/Advanced
by Michael Call
Learn more about Michael Call
If you already have documents, letters, life sketches, or other material from your ancestors and need help writing and publishing a history, this workshop is for you. Learn tips on how to compile and write these histories to preserve them forever.


Writing your Personal History
by Joe Richardson
Your life is a story, and the interest is in the details. Stories help you and your loved ones respond effectively to the challenges of life. In this hands-on workshop, discover how personal stories can help you live intentionally, direct the narratives you create about yourself, and compose a fruitful life. Learn why stories are important, how to start recording stories, what to do to sustain your effort, and how to share what you have written.


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Noon Session (Friday, March 22)


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 1: All About LegacyStories.Org and the FamilySearch Tree Connect Feature (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancest
ors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Cemetery Restoration
by Mandi Brown
Learn more about Mandi Brown

Ten basic steps for a successful restoration project. This class is designed as an informative tool for a successful restoration. From your first step through completion and more.


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


First Steps in Family History (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Family History is a fun and exciting pastime for people of all ages. This beginner’s class will guide you through the basics of starting a family tree, gathering vital information, and discovering your family story that you can share with generations to come.


Get Creative with Family History
by Shannon Miller
Learn more about Shannon Miller
Come learn some fun ways to incorporate family history into your everyday life, home & family. From home décor to games and outings we will explore easy ideas that will bring your family to life as well as preserve the past.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.


Leaping Over A Brick Wall
by Kathleen Brandt
Learn more about Kathleen Brandt
Based on a successful model to build ancestors' life stories, this workshop offeres 10 tips to effectively fast forward genealogy research. These techniques are applied when conducting celebrity and VIP client research for both NBC & PBS genealogy shows. Attendees will be given an overiew of 5 sets of records and research tips that will catapult their research.


Researching Immigrant Ancestors
by Lauri Jean Swett
Learn more about Lauri Jean Swett
This class will teach you how to find the information necessary in U.S. records to start researching abroad. It will provide an introduction to passenger lists and tips for using their indexes. Resources will be identified to assist in locating and researching foreign records.


Researching Records in Mexico
by Franceli Bussellberg
Learn more about Franceli Busselberg
Learn how to research your Mexican ancestry by using the FamilySearch collections, including Mexico Baptisms 1560-1950, Mexico Marriages 1570-1950, Mexcio Deaths 1680-1940; a great place to start is the 1930 Mexico Census, considered the best and most complete Census of the 1900's. Explore Hispanic/Latino genealogy sites and meet people with same interest.


Using Social Media in your Genealogy Research
by Cynthia Shively, Midwest Genealogical Center  
Learn more about Cynthia Shively
Facebook, Twitter, and more....which platform should you use? This Social Media class will explore several of these platforms and how to use them to your advantage in researching your family history. Included are tips for finding cousins and getting results on "queries" that you put out there.


The Basics Have Changed
by Jolene Clark
Learn more about Jolene Clark
The basic techniques of genealogical research aren't so basic anymore! Paper and pen have been replaced by laptop and keyboard. Research trips have been replaced by databases. But there are essentials that will always be true: Start with what you know. Work back one generation at a time. Double check your facts. This beginning class will review the basics with a technology twist.


Writing & Publishing Your Own Personal Family History (beginners)
by Michael Call
Learn more about Michael Call
The story of your life is best told by you. And if you don’t preserve the stories of yourself and your family members now, it will be much more difficult—if not impossible—for your posterity to learn and discover these stories themselves. If you haven’t yet started (or if you are just now getting started) on writing your personal history or your family history, this workshop will help you embark on this life-changing experience.



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1 pm Lunch Break
(box lunches available for pre-order) (Friday, March 22)

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1:30 pm Session (Friday, March 22)


10 Fun Family History Activities (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Take a fun and inventive spin on family history with instruction on topics like working with photos, tools for indexing, creating fan charts and family trees, and other exciting activities to help you and your family have fun with genealogy.


Cemetery Stone Reading
by Mandi Brown
Learn more about Mandi Brown
Easy ways to read old and faded cemetery stones. This class will teach you simple methods to improve your stone transcriptions without going broke.


Digital Books of Remembrance
by Gordon Taylor presented by Mable Blanchard
Learn more about Gordon Taylor
This class will give a brief overview of a Book of Remembrance We will share some ideas of possible content of this summary of your life – genealogy, brief histories and important events with multimedia. Multimedia including: pictures, documents, audio and video. We will show a digital application and how to prepare and add this content from existing documents. Once the content is in digital form it can be shared or repurposed for many exciting things. Some ideas include: sharing or collaborating of the genealogy, sharing events on social networks, publishing books, scrape books, webpages, etc. But most important you can now have a Digital Book of Remembrance of your life that can be shared with ALL your family.


Digital Scrapbooking
by Sherri Lichfield
Learn more about Sherri Lichfield
I have found that digital scrapbooking is a fun, afforable and easy way to perseve our family memories. These books can create great lasting history tales for all to enjoy. Journaling, and pictures can be saved and cherished in a matter of minutes.


Editing & Publishing Your Own Personal & Family History - Intermediate/ Advanced
by Michael Call
Learn more about Michael Call
For those who have already started writing—or have completed at least a portion of—their own personal or family history, this workshop will provide you tips and tricks on editing and publishing your work. Come learn how best to polish your writing, make sure it is error free, and options for publishing.


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 2: How to Create Talking Slideshows and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.



Leaping Over A Brick Wall
by Kathleen Brandt
Learn more about Kathleen Brandt
Based on a successful model to build ancestors' life stories, this workshop offeres 10 tips to effectively fast forward genealogy research. These techniques are applied when conducting celebrity and VIP client research for both NBC & PBS genealogy shows. Attendees will be given an overiew of 5 sets of records and research tips that will catapult their research.


Researching Records in Mexico
by by Franceli Bussellberg
Learn more about Franceli Busselberg
Learn how to research your Mexican ancestry by using the FamilySearch collections, including Mexico Baptisms 1560-1950, Mexico Marriages 1570-1950, Mexcio Deaths 1680-1940; a great place to start is the 1930 Mexico Census, considered the best and most complete Census of the 1900's. Explore Hispanic/Latino genealogy sites and meet people with same interest.


Using Social Media in your Genealogy Research
by Cynthia Shively, Midwest Genealogical Center  
Learn more about Cynthia Shively
Facebook, Twitter, and more....which platform should you use? This Social Media class will explore several of these platforms and how to use them to your advantage in researching your family history. Included are tips for finding cousins and getting results on "queries" that you put out there.


The Cloud: How & Why With Family History
by Twila Rider, Midwest Genealogical Center  
Learn more about Twila Rider
Most likely, you are already using the “cloud” but do not realize it. The cloud is located at myriad computer servers online and is becoming the wave of the future for storage of data so that it is accessible from any computing device. This class will discuss genealogy uses of the cloud such as social networking, online file storage and sharing.



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2:45 pm Session (Friday, March 22)


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 1: All About LegacyStories.Org and the FamilySearch Tree Connect Feature (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Analyzing Probate Records
by Dawn Dyson
Learn more about Dawn Dyson
When searching for ancestors in the United States earlier than 1850, probate and land records are often the best sources for proving links between generations. Most people in 19th century America owned land that had to be distributed to family members through a legal process upon their death. We will look at how to find family history gems in the records of probate and the buying and selling of land.


Best Online Genealogy Book Websites
by Beth Foulk
Learn more about Beth Foulk
There are excellent free, published books online to aid your genealogy research. More than just “how to” books or lists of names, these books will add color, history, and context to your ancestor’s life. Some are full text searchable and some point you to where you can find the book in a bricks-n-mortar library. This class takes a tour of whole online libraries and the books you’ll find. Bring your family tree to life with online books.


Building your Genealogy Toolbox
by Elizabeth Burnes, National Archives
Learn more about Elizabeth Burnes
This fast-paced class provides a quick introduction to the National Archives’ Online Public Access (OPA), Acces to Archival Databases (AAD), and the National Archives website. Participants will gain familiarity with these tools and the resources they provide. Elizabeth will explain the best ways to refine your searches and turn your search results into record requests.


Counting Everyone Using the Federal Census
by Jennifer Audsley, National Archives
Learn more about Jennifer Audsley
Everyone counts! The census documents people from all walks of life: immigrants and store clerks to celebrities, and everyday people. This course will introduce beginning genealogists to the United States Federal Census while providing direction on how and where to start researching your family history. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other telling details about your ancestors lives.


First Steps in Family History (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Family History is a fun and exciting pastime for people of all ages. This beginner’s class will guide you through the basics of starting a family tree, gathering vital information, and discovering your family story that you can share with generations to come.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 3: How to Work With Audio Recordings and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Ray County Genealogical Sources
by Linda Emely
This class will give you a little history of Ray County, Missouri, and the local resources available for Family History Work.


Resources for Ethnic Genealogy Research
by Jessica Hopkins, National Archives
Learn more about Jessica Hopkins
Different ethnicities often require different approaches when researching and documenting your family past. Learn about a variety of techniques and records available to assist through the National Archives website.


Using Social Media in your Genealogy Research
by Cynthia Shively, Midwest Genealogical Center  
Learn more about Cynthia Shively
Facebook, Twitter, and more....which platform should you use? This Social Media class will explore several of these platforms and how to use them to your advantage in researching your family history. Included are tips for finding cousins and getting results on "queries" that you put out there.


The Cloud: How & Why With Family History
by Twila Rider, Midwest Genealogical Center  
Learn more about Twila Rider
Most likely, you are already using the “cloud” but do not realize it. The cloud is located at myriad computer servers online and is becoming the wave of the future for storage of data so that it is accessible from any computing device. This class will discuss genealogy uses of the cloud such as social networking, online file storage and sharing.


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4 pm Session (Friday, March 22)


Analyzing Land Records
by Dawn Dyson
Learn more about Dawn Dyson
When searching for ancestors in the United States earlier than 1850, probate and land records are often the best sources for proving links between generations. Most people in 19th century America owned land that had to be distributed to family members through a legal process upon their death. We will look at how to find family history gems in the records of probate and the buying and selling of land.


Blogging your Family Yearbook
by Rebecca Morgan
Blogging and digital printing makes it easy to have your family history come out looking like a professional. In this class you'll learn how to use a blog to keep a regular record of the events of your family. You'll also learn how you can download the content from your blog and have it bound in a professional, keepsake volume your family will enjoy for generations.


Building your Genealogy Toolbox
by Elizabeth Burnes, National Archives
Learn more about Elizabeth Burnes
This fast-paced class provides a quick introduction to the National Archives’ Online Public Access (OPA), Acces to Archival Databases (AAD), and the National Archives website. Participants will gain familiarity with these tools and the resources they provide. Elizabeth will explain the best ways to refine your searches and turn your search results into record requests.


Citing, Sharing & Sourcing Digital Records
by Beth Foulk
Learn more about Beth Foulk
It's so easy to save a document or browse a website only to be stopped in your tracks wondering how to capture in information, site the source, and share it with your family. It's a problem we've all faced. This class offers really easy and creative ideas to document and manage your online research. Check out these practical tips, tricks, and free tools you can use immediately.


Counting Everyone Using the Federal Census
by Jennifer Audsley, National Archives
Learn more about Jennifer Audsley
Everyone counts! The census documents people from all walks of life: immigrants and store clerks to celebrities, and everyday people. This course will introduce beginning genealogists to the United States Federal Census while providing direction on how and where to start researching your family history. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other telling details about your ancestors lives.


Digital Photoshop to Enhance & Repair Old Pictures
by Lori Garcia
Learn more about Lori Garcia
Have you inherited old photos that have seen better days? This class will tell you how to use digital scanning and touch-up methods to restore these photographs to be able to share them and preserve them for posterity.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 2: How to Create Talking Slideshows and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 4: How to Use Multimedia Story Pages and Link Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Mining Gold at the Midwest Genealogical Center
by Janice Shultz
Learn more about Janice Shultz
The Midwest Genealogy Center [MGC] is one of the “nine libraries to visit before you die,” according to Family Tree Magazine (2008). MGC, located in Independence, is in your own backyard. With many resources, and staff to assist you, you can successfully research your family heritage in one place. Find out the resources available to you by attending this session.


Whats available in the Family History Library
by Judy McIntosh
Learn more about Judy McIntosh
Your local Family History Libraries offer many free resources that you would normally require a paid subscription. Come and find out what is available right in your own neighborhood!


Why Can't I Find it?
by Jessica Hopkins
Learn more about Jessica Hopkins
Given the vast availability of online resources, the World Wide Web is a sea of information waiting for you to set sail! Learn how to avoid common pitfalls to ensure that you successfully find, sort, and evaluate websites for genealogy research. This course will highlight a mix of Federal, state, local, and subscription-based websites with unique information.


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5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Dinner Break (Friday, March 22) - Complementary Finger Foods/Meet & Greet


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6:30 pm Session (Friday, March 22)


BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Course
by Mabel Blanchard
Exploring your roots - where your family name came from, why your family lives where it does, what your parents and grandparents did for fun when they were your age - can be fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history is what genealogy is all about.


Creating a Family History Blog
by Mandy Beyeler
Learn more about Mandy Beyeler
learn the basics of how to start a blog and different ways to use it as a way to record family history. Such topics to be discussed include what is a blog, blogging platforms, templates and layout, and various ways to run a family blog including several contributors.


Get Creative with Family History
by Shannon Miller
Learn more about Shannon Miller
Come learn some fun ways to incorporate family history into your everyday life, home & family. From home décor to games and outings we will explore easy ideas that will bring your family to life as well as preserve the past.


Getting Started - Beginners Class Part 1
by Cindy Whitney
Learn more about Cindy Whitney
If you have never filled out a pedigree chart or a family group record before, this class is for you! Learn how to sort through all of those shoeboxes full of old pictures, stories and documents, as well as start to gather the information you need to get started on your genealogy journey.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 3: How to Work With Audio Recordings and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.


Promoting Temple & Family History work in the Ward
by Nathan Lindsay
Learn more about Nathan Lindsay
Looking for creative approaches to awaken more zeal for family history work in your congregation? This session will provide ideas and best practices from across the country on how to promote family history work. Strategies that focus on children, youth, and adults will be featured, including those that are related to teaching the gospel, missionary work, convert retention and activation.


Protecting Heirlooms By Conversion & Archive
by Stephen Marble
Description TBA


Storytelling & Writing your Family History
by Gary & Linda Kuntz
Learn more about Gary & Linda Kuntz
It’s just a name on a piece of paper until you know the stories behind that name. Learn how to collect family stories to compliment your research on your pedigree chart. Linda will review what information and sources are needed to complete a pedigree chart and Gary will discuss how to gather family stories to bring those names to life.


Tell it Again (pre-recorded)
by Kim Weitkamp
In one quick workshop learn the tricks that will make people ask you to TELL IT AGAIN. Whether you are a blogger, a parent, a performer, a speaker, or a CEO…learning how to craft and deliver a good story is a tool that we all need in our toolbox. From bedside to podium, statistics show that story is the greatest form of communicatoin available to us. Kim Weitkamp will share easy to apply basics that will help you tell stories that will be requested over and over again.


The Boys from Caldwell County: a live historic performance
by Dave McEwen
Learn more about Dave McEwen
"The Caldwell County Boys in the Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee"– A Live Historic Performance



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7:45 pm Session (Friday, March 22)


10 Fun Family History Activities (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Take a fun and inventive spin on family history with instruction on topics like working with photos, tools for indexing, creating fan charts and family trees, and other exciting activities to help you and your family have fun with genealogy.


Burial Customs
by Ellen Miller, Midwest Genealogical Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
How did our burial customs get started? When did we start burying our dead with ceremony?Why dod we do some of the "traditional" things we do when someone dies? This class will answer these and other questions about burial customs.


Cloud and Online Collaboration Tools
by John Shaw
Learn more about John Shaw
The use of online collaboration tools presentation will present solutions to help you not only collaborate with family and other researchers across the world, but also free you to use your mobile platforms (tablets, smartphones) enhancing your research even on-the-go.


Digital Photoshop to Enhance & Repair Old Pictures
by Lori Garcia
Learn more about Lori Garcia
Have you inherited old photos that have seen better days? This class will tell you how to use digital scanning and touch-up methods to restore these photographs to be able to share them and preserve them for posterity.


Getting Started - Beginners Class Part 2
by Cindy Whitney
Learn more about Cindy Whitney
Where do I continue to look to gather the information that I need for my genealogy research? This class will help you know how and where to collect the important documents and information that will help your search progress.


Google Search...and Beyond (pre-recorded)
by Dave Barney
With the launch of historical-data.org Web markup, Google’s search tools are now even more powerful for genealogists. This presentation explores new ways Google can be used to find ancestors and their stories. It will also explore how new Google+ features can assist in ancestral search.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 4: How to Use Multimedia Story Pages and Link Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.


Promoting Temple & Family History work in the Ward
by Nathan Lindsey
Looking for creative approaches to awaken more zeal for family history work in your congregation? This session will provide ideas and best practices from across the country on how to promote family history work. Strategies that focus on children, youth, and adults will be featured, including those that are related to teaching the gospel, missionary work, convert retention and activation.


Storytelling & Writing your Family History
by Gary & Linda Kuntz
Learn more about Gary & Linda Kuntz
It’s just a name on a piece of paper until you know the stories behind that name. Learn how to collect family stories to compliment your research on your pedigree chart. Linda will review what information and sources are needed to complete a pedigree chart and Gary will discuss how to gather family stories to bring those names to life.


The Boys from Caldwell County: a live historic performance
by Dave McEwen
Learn more about Dave McEwen
"The Caldwell County Boys in the Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee"– A Live Historic Performance

 

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

9:30 am Session

Analyzing Probate Records
by Dawn Dyson
Learn more about Dawn Dyson
When searching for ancestors in the United States earlier than 1850, probate and land records are often the best sources for proving links between generations. Most people in 19th century America owned land that had to be distributed to family members through a legal process upon their death. We will look at how to find family history gems in the records of probate and the buying and selling of land.


Beginning Genealogy
by Ellen Miller, Midwest Genealogy Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
This class looks at the fundamentals of beginning a genealogical research project. How to organize, census information, vital records, and where to look for information will be discussed,


Digital Books of Remembrance
by Gordon Taylor presented by Mable Blanchard
Learn more about Gordon Taylor
This class will give a brief overview of a Book of Remembrance We will share some ideas of possible content of this summary of your life – genealogy, brief histories and important events with multimedia. Multimedia including: pictures, documents, audio and video. We will show a digital application and how to prepare and add this content from existing documents. Once the content is in digital form it can be shared or repurposed for many exciting things. Some ideas include: sharing or collaborating of the genealogy, sharing events on social networks, publishing books, scrape books, webpages, etc. But most important you can now have a Digital Book of Remembrance of your life that can be shared with ALL your family.


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


Family Search/Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Ron Tanner
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


Finding the Obscure & Elusive: Geographic Info on the Web (pre recorded)
by James L. Tanner
To locate an ancestor, you need to know a name, a date and a place. Even if you know a name and date, finding that ancestor can be a frustrating experience when the location of an event is very elusive or no longer in existence. Fortunately, new online map tools, plus time-proven research techniques, can help you find almost any geographic location in the world. This presentation will teach you the geographic tools, techniques and search methods to find those obscure and elusive locations and in many cases, how to view photographs of the locations on your computer.


Google Search...and Beyond (pre-recorded)
by Dave Barney
With the launch of historical-data.org Web markup, Google’s search tools are now even more powerful for genealogists. This presentation explores new ways Google can be used to find ancestors and their stories. It will also explore how new Google+ features can assist in ancestral search.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.


Keynote Speaker
by TBA
Description TBA


Keynote Speaker
by TBA
Description TBA


Storytelling & Writing your Family History
by Gary & Linda Kuntz
Learn more about Gary & Linda Kuntz
It’s just a name on a piece of paper until you know the stories behind that name. Learn how to collect family stories to compliment your research on your pedigree chart. Linda will review what information and sources are needed to complete a pedigree chart and Gary will discuss how to gather family stories to bring those names to life.


Tell it Again (pre-recorded)
by Kim Weitkamp
In one quick workshop learn the tricks that will make people ask you to TELL IT AGAIN. Whether you are a blogger, a parent, a performer, a speaker, or a CEO…learning how to craft and deliver a good story is a tool that we all need in our toolbox. From bedside to podium, statistics show that story is the greatest form of communicatoin available to us. Kim Weitkamp will share easy to apply basics that will help you tell stories that will be requested over and over again.


Working With Old Photos: Restore, Scan & Save
by Chris & Heather Flanagan
Learn more about Chris & Heather Flanagan
Have you inherited old photos that have seen better days? This class will tell you how to use digital scanning and touch-up methods to restore these photographs to be able to share them and preserve them for posterity.

 

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10:45 am Session (Saturday, March 23)


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 1: All About LegacyStories.Org and the FamilySearch Tree Connect Feature (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Analyzing Land Records
by Dawn Dyson
Learn more about Dawn Dyson
When searching for ancestors in the United States earlier than 1850, probate and land records are often the best sources for proving links between generations. Most people in 19th century America owned land that had to be distributed to family members through a legal process upon their death. We will look at how to find family history gems in the records of probate and the buying and selling of land.


Burial Customs
by Ellen Miller, Midwest Genealogical Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
How did our burial customs get started? When did we start burying our dead with ceremony?Why dod we do some of the "traditional" things we do when someone dies? This class will answer these and other questions about burial customs.


Family Search/Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Ron Tanner
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


First Steps in Family History (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Family History is a fun and exciting pastime for people of all ages. This beginner’s class will guide you through the basics of starting a family tree, gathering vital information, and discovering your family story that you can share with generations to come.


General Authority Devotional
by TBA
Description TBA


Hitting A Brick Wall
by Teddi Essig
Learn more about Teddi Essig
Are you at the point where you just can’t find someone? Have you looked and looked and don’t know where to go next? Let’s see what possibilities are out there?


LDS Church Members – Start Your Family Tree & More – Part A (pre-recorded)
by TBA
In this class designed specifically for LDS Church members, you will learn about how family history and the full temple experience can bless you and your family, and you will discover how to find and organize your ancestors’ names using FamilySearch Family Tree. You will also learn about the many online help resources available. Note: We recommend first taking the “First Steps in Family History” class as a foundation for this class.


Mining Gold at the Midwest Genealogical Center
by Janice Shultz
Learn more about Janice Shultz

The Midwest Genealogy Center [MGC] is one of the “nine libraries to visit before you die,” according to Family Tree Magazine (2008). MGC, located in Independence, is in your own backyard. With many resources, and staff to assist you, you can successfully research your family heritage in one place. Find out the resources available to you by attending this session.


Storytelling & Writing your Family History
by Gary & Linda Kuntz
Learn more about Gary & Linda Kuntz
It’s just a name on a piece of paper until you know the stories behind that name. Learn how to collect family stories to compliment your research on your pedigree chart. Linda will review what information and sources are needed to complete a pedigree chart and Gary will discuss how to gather family stories to bring those names to life.


Tell it Again (pre-recorded)
by Kim Weitkamp
In one quick workshop learn the tricks that will make people ask you to TELL IT AGAIN. Whether you are a blogger, a parent, a performer, a speaker, or a CEO…learning how to craft and deliver a good story is a tool that we all need in our toolbox. From bedside to podium, statistics show that story is the greatest form of communicatoin available to us. Kim Weitkamp will share easy to apply basics that will help you tell stories that will be requested over and over again.


The Boys from Caldwell County: a live historic performance
by Dave McEwen
Learn more about Dave McEwen
"The Caldwell County Boys in the Civil War Battle of Franklin, Tennessee"– A Live Historic Performance


Working With Old Photos: Restore, Scan & Save
by Chris & Heather Flannagan
Learn more about Chris & Heather Flanagan
Have you inherited old photos that have seen better days? This class will tell you how to use digital scanning and touch-up methods to restore these photographs to be able to share them and preserve them for posterity.


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Noon Session (Saturday, March 23)


All Callings: The Role of Family History in the Work of Salvation (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by TBA
In this class designed specifically for LDS Church members, you will learn about how family history and the full temple experience can bless you and your family, and you will discover how to find and organize your ancestors’ names using FamilySearch Family Tree. You will also learn about the many online help resources available. Note: We recommend first taking the “First Steps in Family History” class as a foundation for this class.


Blogging your Family Yearbook
by Rebecca Morgan
Blogging and digital printing makes it easy to have your family history come out looking like a professional. In this class you'll learn how to use a blog to keep a regular record of the events of your family. You'll also learn how you can download the content from your blog and have it bound in a professional, keepsake volume your family will enjoy for generations.


Cemetery Art
by Ellen Miller, Midwest Genealogical Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
Have you ever wondered what those different carvings on the tombstones mean? Are they significant or merely decorative? Join Ellen Miller for a presentation that explains what many cemetery icons mean along with a brief overview ov the history of funerary practices.


Digital Story Telling: More Than Bullet Points (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by Denise Barrett Olson
This session looks at the creative side of presentation apps like PowerPoint, Keynote and Impress showing how they can be used to create photo albums, multimedia scrapbooks with music and video, photo documentaries and even enhanced ebooks. And, these projects can be shared via email, carried with you on a tablet or smart phone, displayed on a digital frame and even viewed on your television screen.


From Paper Piles to Digital Files - Technology for the Organized Genealogist (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by Valerie Elkins
Are you tired of spinning your wheels? Do you have a system in place to do the same complex tasks in a simple, repeatable fashion? The lack of systems and processes is all too common. The secret to a smoothly running research flow is documenting key
systems and procedures so they can be easily repeated. Learn how to get started and become a highly organized genealogist by using programs like Evernote, OneNote, GTD and some new apps.


Hitting A Brick Wall
by Teddi Essig
Learn more about Teddi Essig
Are you at the point where you just can’t find someone? Have you looked and looked and don’t know where to go next? Let’s see what possibilities are out there?


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 2: How to Create Talking Slideshows and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


LDS Church Members – Start Your Family Tree & More – Part B (pre-recorded)
by TBA
In this class specifically designed for LDS Church members, you will learn about what to do if your tree on FamilySearch Family Tree is empty, what you can do if the “work is all done,” and what other family history opportunities you can participate in, such
as FmailySearch indexing. You will also learn about the wide variety of help resources available to you as you find, organize, and prepare your ancestors’ names as part of the full family history and temple experience. Note: We recommend first taking the “First Steps in Family History” class as a foundation.


Mining Gold at the Midwest Genealogical Center
by Janice Shultz
Learn more about Janice Shultz

The Midwest Genealogy Center [MGC] is one of the “nine libraries to visit before you die,” according to Family Tree Magazine (2008). MGC, located in Independence, is in your own backyard. With many resources, and staff to assist you, you can successfully research your family heritage in one place. Find out the resources available to you by attending this session.


Navigating Ancestry.com
by Janelle Jenkins
Learn more about Janelle Jenkins
Ancestry.com is one of the most utilized and important tools on the internet for researching your family history. Learn the basics of maneuvering this website and tricks to make the most of your time there.


Protecting Heirlooms By Conversion & Archive
by Stephen Marble
Description TBA


Researching Ancestors Online for Beginnners (pre-recorded)
by Laura G. Prescott
We’ll explore the important sites to use for beginning genealogists including some that may surprise you. Some are free. All are essential.


Researching Your American Revolutionary Patriot
by Beth Foulk
Learn more about Beth Foulk
The War of Independence changed history; our history; our families’ history. It’s a story about which we want to know more. Did my ancestor help? …even a little? There’s much to be learned about our ancestors’ roles in this moment in history. In
this class, we’ll discover where to start, what the best resources are, and how to tackle the research. So, let’s go in search of answers using the soldiers’ service and pension records and unit narratives.


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1 pm Lunch Break (box lunches available for pre-order) (Saturday, March 23)

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1:30 pm Session (Saturday, March 23)


Blogging your Family Yearbook
by Rebecca Morgan
Blogging and digital printing makes it easy to have your family history come out looking like a professional. In this class you'll learn how to use a blog to keep a regular record of the events of your family. You'll also learn how you can download the content from your blog and have it bound in a professional, keepsake volume your family will enjoy for generations.


Cemetery Art
by Ellen Miller, Midwest Genealogical Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
Have you ever wondered what those different carvings on the tombstones mean? Are they significant or merely decorative? Join Ellen Miller for a presentation that explains what many cemetery icons mean along with a brief overview ov the history of funerary practices.


Cloud and Online Collaboration Tools
by John Shaw
Description TBA


Create A Family History Website
by Barry Bartlett
Learn more about Barry Bartlett
Don’t you wish that you could collaborate with all of your distant relatives in one place? By creating a Family History Website you and your family can share genealogical information, even over the miles. Come and learn the best way to get started!


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


Researching Colonial Immigration Records
by Beth Foulk
Learn more about Beth Foulk
Imagine leaving everything you and your family has known for generations for an unexplored, unfamiliar, possibly hostile “New World.” Who were these people of unbounded courage, faith, and resiliency who ultimately laid the foundation for the America as we know it? What stories they must tell! What do the records reveal of their immigration, voyage and settlements in America? We’ll look at what history has left us in passenger records and alternative sources – both primary and secondary – to peel back this riveting portion of our personal and national history.


Google Search...and Beyond (pre-recorded)
by Dave Barney
With the launch of historical-data.org Web markup, Google’s search tools are now even more powerful for genealogists. This presentation explores new ways Google can be used to find ancestors and their stories. It will also explore how new Google+ features can assist in ancestral search.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 3: How to Work With Audio Recordings and Connect Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Indexing
by Norm Eagar
Indexing is a volunteer project established in 2006 and run by FamilySearch. The project aims to create searchable digital indexes for scanned images of historical documents. Learn how to participate in this exciting program.


LDS Church Members – Start Your Family Tree & More – Part A (pre-recorded)
by TBA
In this class designed specifically for LDS Church members, you will learn about how family history and the full temple experience can bless you and your family, and you will discover how to find and organize your ancestors’ names using FamilySearch Family Tree. You will also learn about the many online help resources available. Note: We recommend first taking the “First Steps in Family History” class as a foundation for this class.


Navigating Ancestry.com
by Janelle Jenkins
Learn more about Janelle Jenkins
Ancestry.com is one of the most utilized and important tools on the internet for researching your family history. Learn the basics of maneuvering this website and tricks to make the most of your time there.


Priesthood Leaders: Using Family History as a Resource in the Work of Salvation (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by TBA
Overview of the role priesthood leaders play in the success of ward or stake family history and temple activities.


Youth Leaders: Using Family History to Bless the Lives of Youth (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by TBA
Help youth engage in the work of family history through allowing them to organize the work themselves in an environment you create. Learn and take advantage of best practice from around the world.


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2:45 pm Session (Saturday, March 23)


Analyzing Census Records
by Ellen Miller – Midwest Genealogical Society
Learn more about Ellen Miller
Come time travel with Ellen! We"ll Explore the Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, learning what our government thought was important about our ancestors, and how we can apply that information to our genealogy research.


Creating a Family History Blog
by Mandy Beyeler
Learn more about Mandy Beyeler
learn the basics of how to start a blog and different ways to use it as a way to record family history. Such topics to be discussed include what is a blog, blogging platforms, templates and layout, and various ways to run a family blog including several contributors
.


Create A Family History Website
by Barry Bartlett
Learn more about Barry Bartlett
Don’t you wish that you could collaborate with all of your distant relatives in one place? By creating a Family History Website you and your family can share genealogical information, even over the miles. Come and learn the best way to get started!


Digital Scrapbooking
by Sherri Lichfield/Christina Graham
Learn more about Sherri Lichfield
I have found that digital scrapbooking is a fun, afforable and easy way to perseve our family memories. These books can create great lasting history tales for all to enjoy. Journaling, and pictures can be saved and cherished in a matter of minutes.


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


From Paper Piles to Digital Files - Technology for the Organized Genealogist (RootsTech live streaming from Salt Lake)
by Valerie Elkins
Are you tired of spinning your wheels? Do you have a system in place to do the same complex tasks in a simple, repeatable fashion? The lack of systems and processes is all too common. The secret to a smoothly running research flow is documenting key
systems and procedures so they can be easily repeated. Learn how to get started and become a highly organized genealogist by using programs like Evernote, OneNote, GTD and some new apps.


Family History & Legacy Stories, Part 4: How to Use Multimedia Story Pages and Link Them to Family Tree (pre-recorded)
by Dan Kingsley/Debbie Youd
Learn more about Dan Kingsley
Learn more about Debbie Youd
LegacyStories.org is the first web application certified to link stories, audios and photos to the FamilySearch Family Tree. This 4-part course shows all you will need to tell the stories of ancestors, tell the stories of your search journey, or begin to secure your own honored place in family history. You will be entertained, fascinated and educated, all at the same time. Learn how to create stories on multimedia story pages, record 3-minute photo narratives to create talking slideshows, and how to digitize vintage family audio recordings where ancestors may be heard, all while connecting each of them to the Family Tree.


Indexing 101: The How's and Why's of Indexing
by Shalissa Lindsay/Norm Eagar/Joe Richardson)
Learn more about Shalissa Lindsay
Have you ever been frustrated by ancestry information that eludes your every effort to find it? Chances are good that the information is buried away in an archive somewhere, as securely as if it were locked in a vault. FamilySearch indexing, the World Archives Project, and other similar projects help unlock those vaults and make those records accessible. Typically, you can help from just about anywhere, even from your own home, and these crowdsourcing initiatives make available those records that you and others have needed for so long. Come discovering why indexing is important and how to find and participate in indexing projects.


LDS Church Members – Start Your Family Tree & More – Part B (pre-recorded)
by TBA
In this class specifically designed for LDS Church members, you will learn about what to do if your tree on FamilySearch Family Tree is empty, what you can do if the “work is all done,” and what other family history opportunities you can participate in, such
as FmailySearch indexing. You will also learn about the wide variety of help resources available to you as you find, organize, and prepare your ancestors’ names as part of the full family history and temple experience. Note: We recommend first taking the “First Steps in Family History” class as a foundation.


Preparing Names for the Temple – Youth
by Lorraine Kraft
Learn more about Lorraine Kraft
Have you ever wished you could do temple baptisms for your own family names? You Can! Come learn how to enter names into Familysearch, how to check for duplication, save ordinances, and print temple ordinance request forms. Discover the easy process of preparing your own relatives names for temple work, and experience a more personal connection with your ancestors as you serve them in this essential way.


Promoting Temple & Family History work in the Ward
by Nathan Lindsey
Description TBA


Using Technology Effectively to Solve Research Problems (RootsTech live
streaming
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by Karen Clifford
A step-by-step demonstration on how various technologies help today’s genealogists stay focused on what is already known, what is needed to answer specific questions, how to obtain the needed information, how to visualize the research problem, how to obtain expert 24/7 help, and how to discriminate between various levels of information.)


Writing & Publishing My Ancestors' History - Intermediate/Advanced
by Ann Eagar
For many years you have gathered a lot of family history information and photos and would like to make this available to your extended family. Where do you begin? This class will point you in the right direction as you look toward publishing your information in an archival safe, hard bound book. Creating an e-book will be discussed briefly.


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4 pm Session (Saturday, March 23)


10 Fun Family History Activities (pre-recorded)
by TBA
Take a fun and inventive spin on family history with instruction on topics like working with photos, tools for indexing, creating fan charts and family trees, and other exciting activities to help you and your family have fun with genealogy.


BSA Genealogy Merit Badge Course
by Mabel Blanchard
Exploring your roots - where your family name came from, why your family lives where it does, what your parents and grandparents did for fun when they were your age - can be fascinating. Discovering your ancestors back through history is what genealogy is all about.


Digital Family Reunions
by Mandy Beyeler
Learn more about Mandy Beyeler
Learn various ways to incorporate digital technology into planning and during a family reunion. Such topics to be discussed include Facebook Groups and Events, Google+ Hangouts, Blogs, Pinterest Group Boards, slideshows, and hashtags via Twitter and Instagram.


Digital Scrapbooking
by Sherri Lichfield/Christina Graham
Learn more about Sherri Lichfield
I have found that digital scrapbooking is a fun, afforable and easy way to perseve our family memories. These books can create great lasting history tales for all to enjoy. Journaling, and pictures can be saved and cherished in a matter of minutes.


Family Search/Family Tree
by Ross & Sue Schriever
Learn more about Ross & Sue Schriever
FamilySearch, a non-profit organization, is providing a genealogical datatbase through Family Tree. Family Tree provides a collaborative environment where people can work together to accurately describe and document ancestors. Come to this session and learn about Family Tree features, how you an get access, and how we can stop the research duplication by working together to preserve the most accurate genealogy for generations to come.


Family Tree
by Ann Eagar
Learn more about Ann Eagar
The new and improved Family Tree uses a better approach to organizing family history data that focuses on enhanced data accuracy through editing, collaborating and sourcing. Family tree is open to the public, free of charge. This cannot be a hands-on-class because of internet limitations, so it will be a visual learning experience. We will learn how to add, delete, or edit information on individuals; source your changes; change relationships; and upload photos and documents to your family tree.


Finding the Obscure & Elusive: Geographic Info on the Web (pre recorded)
by James L. Tanner
To locate an ancestor, you need to know a name, a date and a place. Even if you know a name and date, finding that ancestor can be a frustrating experience when the location of an event is very elusive or no longer in existence. Fortunately, new online map tools, plus time-proven research techniques, can help you find almost any geographic location in the world. This presentation will teach you the geographic tools, techniques and search methods to find those obscure and elusive locations and in many cases, how to view photographs of the locations on your computer.


Get Creative with Family History
by Shannon Miller
Learn more about Shannon Miller
Come learn some fun ways to incorporate family history into your everyday life, home & family. From home décor to games and outings we will explore easy ideas that will bring your family to life as well as preserve the past.


Researching Ancestors Online for Beginnners (pre-recorded)
by Laura G. Prescott
We’ll explore the important sites to use for beginning genealogists including some that may surprise you. Some are free. All are essential.


The Future of Genealogy (pre-recorded)
by Thomas MacEntee
Where will the genealogy industry and the family history community be in the next five years? What tools will be most important, what products will consumers want? Our panel of experts from the genealogy world make their predictions fro the future of genealogy.


The Genealogist's Gadget Bag (pre-recorded)
by Jill Ball & Panel
In this show and tell session lead by Australian Jill all, and international panel of genealogists will discuss and display the contents of the gadget bags they take with them on their genealogy jaunts. Each panelist will outline what she just can’t live without when visiting families, going on road trips, setting sail on a geneacruise, dropping by a cemetery, visiting resource repositories or attending a genealogy conference.


Writing your Personal History
by Joe Richardson
Your life is a story, and the interest is in the details. Stories help you and your loved ones respond effectively to the challenges of life. In this hands-on workshop, discover how personal stories can help you live intentionally, direct the narratives you create about yourself, and compose a fruitful life. Learn why stories are important, how to start recording stories, what to do to sustain your effort, and how to share what you have written.


Youth: Turning Hearts: How Youth Can Embrace the Invitation to Do Family History Work (RootsTech live streaming broadcast from Salt Lake)
by Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Learn more about Elder David A. Bednar
Elder David Bednar’s talk on how youth should get involved with their family history created a buzz throughout the church. Join us to review Elder Bednar’s invitation and to hear about several youth family history success stories.

   
 

About the Presentors

Ann Eagar
Ann Eagar has taught classes on family search research and creating family history books for the and for the past 4 years has been teaching classes on research and how to use the Internet to find answers to family history puzzles. She has also been asked to teach a class on family history at the Lexington Three Trails Regional Library.

Barry Bartlett
Barry Bartlett has been making and maintaining web sites for many years. He first wanted to learn how to make a website to advertise equipment that he was trying to sell, so he purchased a copy of “Web Sites for Dummies” and learned a little of the HTML language which is used to display web sites online. He can show you the easy ways to start a web site and how to maintain the website and use it to further your genealogical research.

Beth Foulk
Beth Foulk discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. She picked up the addition years later when she discovered the “wonder” of genealogy database, and the rest, as they say is “history.” While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences. Her focus is early American genealogy.

Cindy Whitney
Cindy Whitney is a true Missourian and has lived in the state all her life. Her mother and sister started researching family genealogy when she was about 11. The genealogy bug didn't hit Cindy, however, until she had her first child. As Cindy looked at her son, she realized how important it was for him to know his heritage. An obsession had begun. Since then, she has been blazing a path towards all of her children's ancestors. Cindy doesn't get discoraged when she "hits a brick wall." Instead, she offers to help with others' genealogy. It brings Cindy great pleasure to see the joy on someone's face to help others who were also stumped. Calling these brick walls, "puzzles you can't find that right piece to," Cindy suggests walking away for a moment because someone will come along and "sees the piece and puts it in it's spot." Cindy hopes to become a professional genealogist someday.

Chris and Heather Flanagan
Chris and Heather Flanagan are a husband and wife photography team, specializing in natural light photography. Photography has been a passion of both of theirs for many years. They love capturing an exciting, beautiful, natural, or interesting moment. Chris’ passion has always been things that move, whether it be action sports, cars, or airplanes. His gift for patience allows him to wait for just the right moment when the shot is just right. Heather has always loved capturing a perspective that makes the person think about what they are looking at. She loves shooting landscapes, structures, and capturing any candid moments. They are excited to share their passion and expertise in photography and Photoshop helping you to be able to touch up and preserve your precious family history photos.

Cynthia Shively
Cynthia Shively has worked at the Midwest Genealogy Center since April 2012. In addition to her regular duties at MGC, submitting blogs and assisting with MGC’s Facebook page, Cynthia writes for her own personal blog called The Spoken Ellipsis – A Writer’s Layover. For Cynthia, social networking is the cornerstone to her research, writing, and art. The social networking sites she uses are Facebook and Google+ both personally and professionally, Pinterest, and Twitter. Cynthia is also a member and moderator for a 9000+ and growing Google+ community called Writer's Discussion Group.

Dan Kingsley
Dan Kingsley has been gathering family information for 30 years. He is currently assembling two genealogical books on his family. He has been a family history consultant for the past two years. “Once you love the work, you will gather all the family documentation that might be lost to the next generation. I gather information that cannot be had in 5 years. I can teach you to do the same.”

Dave McEwen
Dave McEwen has a Masters of Science Education from the University of Georgia and has been interested in history, especially Mormon Pioneer history, since his youth. Since moving to Missouri in the mid '90s, Dave has become involved in local Mormon history groups including the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation, John Whitmer Association and the Caldwell County Historical Society. He has participated in the Iowa Mormon Train Trek and began to lead tours and treks of the Mormon sites in the Far West and Adam-ondi-Ahman areas. Most recently Dave helped design and build an 1838-era Log Cabin with hand-hewn logs, which were donated to the Caldwell County Historical Society by the LDS Church. Some of his current research surrounds the Caldwell County men involved in the Civil War, especially the Mormon boys and men killed in the 44th MO Regiment at the battle of Franklin, TN. Dave says, "My interest in the Missouri Mormon War is best described as my passion."

Dawn Dyson
Dawn has published two books about the history of her family. She is currently the director of the Leavenworth Kansas LDS Family History Center and choir director in the Leavenworth Kansas 1st ward.

Debbie Youd
Debbie Youd first got the genealogy “bug” from both of her grandmothers when she was 12 and has been doing it ever since. Technology has come a long way from the long hand-written pedigree charts and boxes of papers, and along the way Debbie has continued to research and add to her family tree. She has recently started a family history website for collaborative genealogical information on her mother’s side of the family. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Family History Center in Gallatin, Missouri.

Elder David A. Bednar
Read more about Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ellen Miller
Ellen Miller has been with Mid-Continent Public Library in the Genealogy branch since September, 2006 and began teaching classes the following year. She has developed and teaches four classes -- "Beginning Genealogy," "Making Sense of Census Records," and "Cemetery Art and Burial Customs." Ellen is also a full-time reference assistant at the Midwest Genealogy Center. She enjoys assisting customers and her favorite part of doing genealogy is the research. “There is just nothing quite like the look someone gets on their face when they finally find a piece of information they have been searching for,” Ellen says. She works extensively with the library’s databases in helping customers.

Elizabeth Burnes
Elizabeth Burnes is an Archivist for the National Archives at Kansas City. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Truman State University and a Masters of Arts degree in History with an emphasis in Museum Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to joining the National Archives staff she held positions at Harry .S Truman National Historic Site (Independence, MO), Missouri History Museum (St. Louis, MO), Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library (St. Louis, MO), and Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum (Independence, MO).

Franceli Busselberg
Franceli Busselberg was born and raised in Mexico. She came to the U.S. after marrying her husband. Franceli started to search for her ancestors two years ago and spent many hours in the Family History Center. At first, she was skeptical, but she was excited to be able to find valuable information through a particular Census record. She later discovered that her grandfather had been the enumerator as he worked along with the judge in the City. The 'bug' for genealogy had started and ever since she gets thrilled after every new finding, She especially loved getting into the 1600's. Franceli also helps other people in the Family History Center. Her experience focuses in Northern Mexico, since her ancestors were Captain colonizers.

Gordon Taylor
Family History has been an active hobby of Gordon Taylor for over 50 years. He currently serves as President of the National Joseph Taylor Sr. () Family Association. He has served at an online customer service volunteer for LDS Family Search. He has consulted with Family Search on their soon to be released Family Tree application He teaches Family History consultants and hosts monthly Google Hangout training for Taylor Association members. The Taylor Family Association maintains at database of over 250 thousand individuals and uses DNA and other computer tools for family research and collaboration. Their website is www.Taylorassociation.org. He is a member of the Colorado Genealogy Society and their Computer Interest Group. He is also a member of the Highlands Ranch Genealogy Society and advises the Highland Ranch Senior Genealogy Club. Gordon has an IT degree from George Washington University and a Distance Education degree from Utah State University plus a degree in Bus management. He is a retired USAF Colonel.He and his wife Susan have 8 children and 24 grandchildren that love family history stories. He is sorry he cannot be here in person as he will be attending RootsTech.

Janelle Jenkins
Janelle Jenkins has been interested in family history since her youth. She has become very familar with Ancestry.com and has also served as an editor there helping adopted family members build their biological family trees. Janell has found Ancestry a convenient and efficient way to collect and preserve family history.

Janice Schultz
Janice Schultz is the Genealogy Librarian/Branch Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center. She has held that position since August 2001. Janice has been employed with Mid-Continent Public Library since 1987. Ms. Schultz is involved with the American Library Association’s Reference and User Services Division and is past chair of the History Section. She is also President of the Missouri State Genealogical Association. Janice is the author of Finding Your Roots: Easy-To-Do Genealogy and Family History to be released by Huron Street Press in February 2013.

Jennifer Audsley
Jennifer has been with the Archives since 2007. In addition to her duties as the Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer answers reference requests and does processing work. Jennifer has a B.A. in History from Avila University and an M.A. in American History from UMKC.

Jessica Hopkins
Jessica Hopkins, a graduate in History and Education from William Jewell College, has been with the National Archives at Kansas City since 2007. As an Archives Specialist, her roles include: providing reference services to genealogists, historians, and scholars; assisting with databases related to the region’s records; coordinating and teaching genealogy workshops; and assisting with K-12 educational outreach.

Joe Richardson
An educator, writer, and editor, Joe Richardson has always been fascinated by stories, beginning with the bedtime stories he heard from his parents and the stories his uncles, aunts, and grandparents shared at family gatherings. An experienced communicator with wide cross-cultural experience, Joe holds a PhD in English and has given corporate and academic presentations throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For the past ten years, he has provided developmental and editorial support for many FamilySearch products, including FamilySearch indexing, one of the largest and most effective crowdsourcing initiatives in the world.

John Shaw
John Shaw is a Sr. Technology Architect for a Healthcare Information Technology company where he currently focuses on collaboration in the mobile workforce.

Jolene Clark
Genealogy Librarian, Midwest Genealogy Center, Mid-Continent Public Library

Judy McIntosh
Judy has been involved in Genealogy since 1961, when she and her mother walked the cemeteries, went to court houses, met with people in person and wrote letters. A lot has changed since those days, even in the last 13 yrs that she has served as the Family History Director. Judy loves having online genealogy websites, and agrees that these new technologies make research much easier.

Kathleen Brandt
Kathleen Brandt, owner of a3Genealogy, is a professional international genealogist, consultant and presenter. She is also a published freelance writer for genealogy magazines and columns and is also the author of the a3Genealogy educational and skill building blog that explores various cultural and ethnic folk-life, traditions, history, and genealogy research tips. Kathleen offers workshops and lectures to the genealogy community, to include the Midwest Genealogy Center, and is a consultant for various corporate historical, cultural, and genealogy projects. She appeared on the Tim McGraw episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) and also conducts research for PBS, Finding Your Roots.

Lauri Jean Swett
Lauri Jean Swett is currently the director of the Platte City Family History Center, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a volunteer at the Midwest Genealogy Center. She graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in sociology. She has been researching her own family for over 30 years and specializes in Scandinavian resources.

Linda Emely
Linda Emely has been managing the Ray County Museum in Richmond, Missouri, for three years. The museum has a genealogical library with a large collection of Ray County history and other counties in our area. Linda also serves as president of the Ray County Library Friends and help support the Genealogical Room that is located in this library. Also for three years, Linda has been writing a twice-weekly column for the Richmond News called "If Postcards Could Talk," featuring stories are all about local history. I use Ray County postcards and pictures to illustrate my stories.

Linda & Gary Kuntz
Linda Kuntz has been researching ancestors and progenitors on her family line for 32 years. As a family history consultant she teaches how to research and document genealogy. Gary Kuntz is a storyteller who gathers family stories to share with others and to bring to life the names on that pedigree chart.

Lori Garcia
Lori Garcia, a summa cude laude graduate of the University of Kansas' William Allen White School of Journalism, has been a graphic designer for 13 years (including designing the GenealogyKC site) and an award-winning photographer and photojournalist for 8. As well as running her own business, she currently volunteers her services for her church. Her love of genealogy and old photographs stems back to childhood when she could be found studying old family photos for hours. In 2012, Lori served as the art director and one of the key photographers for her first published book, "The Kansas City Missouri Temple." She is currently working on her second book, a biography of her grandfather, Dr. William Martin Tubbs, utilizing old family photos.

Lorraine Kraft
Lorraine Kraft, born and raised in England, grew up watching her mother painstakingly researching their family history. Only years later did Lorraine catch the vision of family history work for herself. Her experience has been that success breeds interest which leads to more success. Now she is passionate about family history and learns something new everyday. She is a family history consultant and on staff at the Platte City Family History Center. Also she teaches a local family history class and directs the Family Search indexing efforts for the Platte City Stake.

Mandy Beyeler
Mandy Beyeler is the owner and founder of the popular blog Sugar Bee Crafts. She has been blogging for over six years and enjoys using the blogging and social media platform to record family events along with sharing DIY and Craft
tutorials. She has a bachelor's degree in Sociology.

Mandi Brown
Mandi Brown is a cemetery preservationist, historian and genealogist who loves teaching genealogy and cemetery techniques. As a young child her grandmother taught her to respect cemeteries. She also taught how she could learn about the people that once lived, what they did and how they shaped their communities. Many years later Mandi obtained a Masters in History and feels fortune to have been doing what she loves for 40 years.

Michael Call
Michael Call has been a professional writer, editor, and publisher for much of his career. His works have appeared in consumer and trade magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and corporate, government, and nonprofit pieces. He and his son have written and published three family history books, and Michael is currently finishing up volume 1 of his own life history, which is more than 1,100 pages. "I sometimes wonder if I have too much in my life history," he says. "But then I think how great it would be to have more than 1,000 pages written by one of my ancestors, and then I carry on."

Nathan Lindsay
Nathan Lindsay is a professor and administrator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has taught classes in his church's gospel educational system.

Ross & Sue Schriever
The Schrievers have been around people doing genealogical research since youth. Their mothers’ stalwart researching left a legacy for their children. Ross and Sue became involved as they read and heard stories of their ancestors and wanted to learn more. Their 50-year search for a lost family member and the advancement of computer technology, led them to the Family Search/Family Tree computer programs. They enjoy sharing their knowledge of these sites, helping beginners navigate around the computer world of genealogy.

Shalissa Lindsay
Shalissa Lindsay is passionate about making things simple. So when she discovered how simple "indexing" really is (and how incredibly needed) she couldn't stop telling people! Shalissa has degrees in Family Science and Organizational Behavior.

Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller has been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 15 years and loves to incorporate family history with her love of crafting & teaching. Whether through paper, fabric or activities and events, she enjoys trying to find everyday ways to share and preserve Family. Shannon has a degree in Fashion Merchandising.

Stephen Marble
Stephen Marble has been involved with data protection and data recovery for nearly 20 years. Stephen has consulted for many of the largest companies around the Kansas City region as well as the nation. On a daily basis he designs disaster recovery, data protection, backup and archive solutions which make him particularly qualified to speak about media conversion and archive.

Stephen & Mauri Wills
The Wills family have been Family History Consultants for five years. Stephen has been involved in Family History since the 1970s and Mauri has been actively doing Family History for the last 20 years.

Sherri Lichfield
Sherri Lichfield has a busy life, but has discovered through digital srapbooking, that she can manage her time and memories in a fast, easy and inexpensive way. She is excited to teach you ways in which scrapbooking your precious photos and memories can help you preserve for future generations this important part of your family history.

Teddi Essig
Teddi Essig has became interested in genealogy for more than 20 years. She has been a family history consultant to the LDS church for the past seven years and has taught numerous classes. Through Teddi’s own family research she has identified over 8,000 ancestors with some going back to the 1400’s. She has also volunteered her services for those in the community.

Twila Rider
Twila Rider has been doing genealogy work for many years and has been at the Midwest Genealogy Center since December 2009. Presently she has responsibilities there for the Periodicals Department, and has been involved over the last year in helping to design an Access database for the collection. She is compiling a list of full-text online genealogy journals which is linked to on the MGC periodicals page. She has taught several classes about various aspects of internet searching.

Vonda Fuller
Vonda Fuller has worked in French and German extraction for 8 years in Salt Lake City. Applying the principles she learned there assisted her in learning and navigating Scandinavian languages, helping her decipher her Norwegian family history. She finds joy in researching her genealogy and helping others too.

   



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