Wordless Wednesday – Mary Elizabeth (Durbin) Clark and Charlie and Margaret Dial

Mary Elizabeth (Durbin) Clark, with Charles and Margaret Dial late 1940’s? in Fayette County, Illinois. Photo from Cora Miley.


Google Tips from the Family History Expos Mesa

I use Google a lot but sometimes it takes going to a lecture about it to get back in the habit of using Google to it’s full potential.  Last week I attended Lisa Louise Cooke’s 10 Ways to Achieve Google Search Success for Common Surnames.  One of the search methods she talked about was a linked search. A search for my Poundstone ancestors looking for a related link to a specific website would be as follows:

poundstone LINK:www.ancestry.com

The second search method she reminded me about is related search.  A query utilizing this search method would be:

poundstone RELATED:www.fold3.com

Try both of  these search strategies to see what new results you can find regarding your family.  You can learn more from Lisa Louise Cooke about Google and many other genealogy related subjects by listening to her podcasts at Genealogy Gems.

Family History Expo – More to share

That’s me on the left and Gena on the right!

I thought I would share a few more things this week regarding the past weekend’s Expo.  It was a wonderful experience, how Holly Hansen manages to put this together every year is beyond me.  She is a superwoman!  I enjoyed so many speakers.  I had time to chat with Gena Philebert-Ortega.  Gena is a wonderfully speaker and blogger in the genealogy world.  If you have a chance check out one of her blogs – I really like Food Family Ephemera.

My Angel!  Claudia Zweifel

I also need to thank a fellow genie for finding my car keys.  I checked for my keys in the second to the last lecture and could not locate them.  I left the lecture and went back to the hotel and every place I had been during the conference – no luck!  Finally this sweet lady said are you sure you looked in your purse and I said at least twelve times!  I asked her to look in my purse and low and behold she found the keys!  Too bad it was after I had called my husband Gary in Tucson to come get me from Mesa but luckily he hadn’t left yet.  So thank you my angel Claudia Zweifel!

I had a chance to hang out with some of my Pima County Genealogy Society members and it was a real pleasure to get to know them better.  During the rest of the week I will share some other “finds” from the conference.

My Top Ten, Day One Family History Expo in Mesa

I wanted to share some of my favorite things from the first day of the Expo:
1.  Lisa Louise Cooke – Always an enjoyable speaker, author, GenealogyGems podcaster and a good friend.
2.  Gena Philibert Ortega – Gifted genealogist and author.  Stop by and see her books From the Family Kitchen and Tracing Your Female Ancestors with Maureen Taylor.
3.  Barbara Renick – I heard her speak for the first time in 2008.  She is an enjoyable and personable speaker – boy have I learned.
4.  FamilyRoots Publishing – Love updating my personal library, wish their booth wasn’t so tempting.
5.  Photo Tree.com – Bought a cheater sheet for Elements 11 and the Photo Restoration Kwik Guide.  I cannot wait to get started.
6.  Meeting people who read my blog!  Thank you for introducing yourselves!
7.  New acquaintances and catching up with old acquaintances! 
8.  Arlene Eakle – She is an encyclopedia of genealogical information, I always learn something new in her lectures.
9.  Holly Hansen – President of Family Expos – She makes the Expo special for us all!
10.  My hotel room – I am beat but I can’t wait until tomorrow!

Arizona Family History Expo Mesa – What to do, what to do?

  The hardest part about attending an expo or conference is trying to figure out which programs to attend.  As usual the Family History Expo has scheduled several programs I would like to attend at the same time.  Barbara Renick is the keynote speaker.  I had the privilege of attending one of her computer classes at the 2008 NGS conference in Kansas City so I know I would like to hear her speak again.  Lisa Louise Cooke is back at the conference and she always has great information so I really want to see her again. Arlene Eakle is presenting and I always learn something new from her programs.  Donald Yates is presenting  a DNA talk that really sounds interesting and luckily will be presented both Friday and Saturday.  Now the question is can I clone myself so that I can attend every program I want before the morning?

Mesa Family History Expo – January 18-19th Tips for the best expo experience!

The Family History Expo in Mesa will open this Friday the 18th and continue through January the 19th.  Here a few tips to make the most of your expo experience:

1.  Bring address labels!  It will speed up entering drawings and your name and address will be easy to read.  Just add your email to the form and you are good to go.

2.  Pack a snack and a water bottle.  The vendor lines get long at times and that snack may just save you from starving.

3.  Be patient!

4.  Review your book titles and keep track of the books you are on the look out for.  I have purchased the same book three times over the last few years until I started keeping my library on Librarything.  Now when I go to a conference I can bring a printout or access it on my phone.

5.  Bring business cards/calling cards with your email and or blog address for new genealogy friends to stay in touch after the expo.

6.  Dress in layers – some rooms are warm and some are cool – be prepared.