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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 →

Celebrating Family History with Digital Illustration

Terri Kallio submitted how she celebrates her family history through digital illustration. Her submission has earned her a complimentary registration to one of our upcoming Ask-the-Pros Friday morning research adventures. We know that “Family History Heals” and through celebrating our family history research we can share the good with others. We asked Terri how she celebrates family history and she responded: “One of my favorite ways to celebrate and share my family history is by... Read More →


DearMYRTLE and Holly Hansen: Scandinavian Research Retreat

DearMYRTLE loves family history research and loves sharing innovative ways to increase research success. On December 22nd she interviewed Holly about the upcoming Scandinavian Research Retreat to be held in Salt Lake City. DearMYRTLE, Russ Worthington, and Holly discuss the benefits of attending a Family History Expos Research Retreat in Salt Lake City. Watch the interview online: We look forward to seeing you at a Retreat real soon!  Read More →

The Heritage Collector System

LifeStory and Family History Expos Have Teamed Up!

We have worked with LifeStory for many years. They are exhibitors at many of our Expos and Retreats. We love their Heritage Collector System. If you do not already own “The Heritage Collector System” today is the day to download and try the Free Standard Version. Marlo and Holly have been working together for years with webinars, classes, and training that assists family history enthusiasts to share the results of the research with family and friends, especially youth! Sharing it in a... Read More →

Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D.

If Your Serious About Your Ancestry… Real Genealogy Expertise is Needed

By Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. Become a genealogy expert and pass this expertise on to your ancestors… Creation and publication of a family tree, a genealogy, a family history is an achievement in truth–at least it should be.  Yet, in print and across the internet are some of the most appalling examples of what we call genealogy: People who live 200 years.  Children born in places that don’t exist.  Women giving birth at Biblical ages.  Documents cited that do not name the ancestor or any member... Read More →

Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.

Stephen P. Morse Presents at Family History Expo in Sacramento May 2-3, 2014

One-step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse is a website that contains tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications. Stephen Morse received both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Contribution Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies. He received the Award of Merit from the National Genealogical Society  here in the U.S., the first ever Excellence... Read More →

Free Webinar and Heritage Collector Software

We have a special gift for all of our readers this Christmas. A free download of Heritage Collector Standard and a free Webinar to teach you how to use it. Join us on Monday December 16th at 10:00 am to learn how Heritage Collector will help you organize your photos, create photo collections, and index between collections. It allows use of hotspots on photos to identify individuals in the photo, create slide shows, and add narrative. Click here to register and download your gift!  Read More →

New Events for 2014

We would like to wish our readers a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2013 has truly been a wonderful ‘Birthday Year’ for Family History Expos. Each of you have played a big part in the celebration. During the past ten years we have organized and executed literally hundreds of events. Personally, I (Holly) have listened to thousands of fascinating family history research and brick wall stories, thanks for sharing. I have also heard many people say, “I have been researching... Read More →

RootsTech was Just the Right Medicine

As a genealogy and family history event planner I don’t always get to attend the classes and take notes at our Expos because I’m so busy with administrative responsibilities. It was a real pleasure to attend classes every hour, to meet and greet friends and bloggers in the exhibit hall. The days flew by so fast it is amazing. This was just the shot in the arm I needed as we are planning our next events. We got the scoop on what is new with FamilySearch and we can bring that to you via... Read More →