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Ruth Ellen Maness

With Sadness, I Bid Farewell to My Dear Friend, Ruth Ellen Maness

It is my privilege and honor to call Ruth a friend. She has been my friend for many years. I have watched her befriend and mentor so many others as well. I can’t remember when we first met, but I’m sure it was at the Family History Library, where she spent so many hours, weeks, months, and years. Even after retirement she continued to volunteer there, to help patrons with their research questions. Ruth was a huge support for and encouragement to us as we contemplated holding that first Expo... Read More →

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.

Why is Genealogy Research in Kentucky such a Challenge?

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Kentucky is a difficult place to trace a family tree–this state is the daughter of Virginia and thus you would think the genealogy sources are endless. There is less record loss than Virginia has suffered. The Colonial period when first settlement occurred was shorter and probably less traumatic, even though Indian massacres and military raids were also fewer in number than expected. So why is genealogy research in Kentucky such a challenge? One reason, in my opinion,... Read More →

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mother’s Day with Dutch Apple Cake

My mother-in-law, Betty, gave me a wonderful gift one year. It was an old ledger with dates beginning in 1877. It is filled with details on lost animals and damages they had caused. It lists responsible party names and fines paid. All great genealogical evidence of days gone by. In the back pages, that were never used for recordkeeping, is my favorite part—old-time recipes! Handwritten, spattered and stained from kitchen use. The book is worn and well used. I’d like to share one of my favorite... Read More →

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Ready, Set, G.O. (Get Organized)

Organization is truly a key to success, especially in family history work. It can help you avoid getting lost in mounds of paperwork, doing the same research over and over again, or missing something that’s hiding right under your nose. Even if you already have a beautifully organized family history, you still need a place to keep the worksheets, notes, and stories that you have collected over the years. With the advent of the internet, your organization problems have most likely compounded. There... Read More →

Ask-the-Pros

Ask-the-Pros: Two Classes on Friday

This week we are offering two unique Ask-the-Pros classes. Tomorrow, Friday morning, at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time, we will kick off with a class on “Why Experts Search the Marriages First.” Then at 2:00 p.m. we will offer guidance on how “Experts Increase Research Success by Performing an Interim Analysis.” These classes can be viewed from your personal computer, smart phone, tablet, or other device. Each class will include a PDF of the accompanying Research Guide... Read More →

Kaleidoscope of My Mind

The Kaleidoscope of My Mind

By Lorraine I. Quillon It may be the weather (rainy and gray). It may be the fact that it is Monday morning. It may be the demands of multiple pleas for attention that has my brain flitting from one subject to the other as I try to get my mental bearings. Whatever the cause, I’m definitely scattered as I begin this day, just like the fragmented images we see in those old-time kaleidoscopes some of us used to play with as children. As a family historian, I hope I am not alone in this malady. When... Read More →

Family History Expos

10 Ways to Find More Ancestors

We truly enjoy assisting you to become a genealogical expert. For almost 15 years, Family History Expos has been sponsoring events throughout the United States. We are dedicated to facilitating family history education through offering events, handouts, Research Guides, charts, software, and more. Our new live broadcasts now allow us to serve more of our friends and fellow family history researchers residing all over the world, at an affordable price. Here are 10 ways for you to participate in our... Read More →

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“I Wanna Hold Your Hand”

By Lorraine I. Quillon I watch “Jeopardy” all the time and am constantly amazed when the topic is modern music and performing groups. They might as well be talking Slovenian! So for all of those of our readers who occupy an age group that recognizes the above title taken from a song and can tell me who performed it and when, here is a message from me directly to you. Holly Hansen and I have been friends for many years. She knows things that my brain only begins to comprehend (often after she... Read More →

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Capturing Dad’s Story

By Jennifer H. Johnson Do you know how your dad proposed to your mother? What do you know about their first date? How did your father feel about being a teenager? These are questions whose answers you may never know unless you ask. The best place to start your genealogy research is with the people who are still alive. Amazing, isn’t it? It’s not such a new idea, however. Most professional genealogists will encourage you to start finding information by just talking to your family. People have... Read More →

GenTeacher

New Web Design and New GenTeacher Service from Family History Expos!

At Family History Expos, we are all about education and events. NOW, we bring the events to you at your convenience. Online live events, recorded events for online viewing, and local events by request.  We have scheduled 1 June 2016 for the launch of our new website design and NEW GenTeacher products and services. Watch for daily updates on what to expect as the week progresses.  Read More →