Thursday, April 23, 2009

Family History Expos Coming to Logan Utah

New Techniques and Technology Make Family History Research a Virtual Treasure Hunt

My good friend Holly Hansen has just announced the final details on the upcoming Family History Expo in Logan, Utah on May 9, 2009.

The Logan Family History Expo promises to deliver the education and fun that participants consistently find at these events. But you are in for something extra special in Logan because Barry Ewell is the keynote speaker.

I first met Barry at an expo in Mesa, AZ and was so impressed with his presentation that I immediately pulled him aside for an interview for the Family History: Genealogy Made Easy Podcast Episode 6. Barry is a captivating and thoughtful speaker and the perfect choice for the Keynote address at the Logan expo!

Here's the entire scoop on this terrific upcoming event:

Logan, Utah – Family history research has come a long way. New techniques and technology have turned the task of digging up family roots into a virtual treasure hunt. FamilyHistory is coming to Logan, Utah, May 9th to help beginners and old-timers alike take their research to the next level. The expo will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on USU Campus (5005 Old Main Hill).

Family History Expos’ “Learn the Tech to Trace Your Roots”event will feature national speakers, vendors promoting the latest techniques and technology, hundreds of door prizes and opportunities to network with experienced professionals.

Thousands of exciting products and hands-on demonstrations to aid family history research will be on display in an exhibit open to the public.

Registered participants will be able to choose from seven different courses offered each hour. “There’s something for everyone whether you’re just beginning or are an old pro,” Hansen said. Workshops include fascinating, relevant subjects including a course taught by an Abraham Lincoln historian on, “The Power of Abraham Lincoln’s Integrity.” Other popular topics include, “Finding Your English/Welsh Ancestors,” “Bringing Life to Your Life Stories,” “Beginning the Search of Your Ancestors,” and “Easier Scanning for Great Results.”

Keynote speaker Barry J. Ewell is a Senior Marketing Manager for IBM and founder of Despite his busy professional life, Barry has spent the last decade tracing his own roots through family history and genealogy.

The event’s line-up of presenters includes professional researchers from throughout the U.S., FamilySearch developers, Family History Library staff, and some of Cache Valley’s own talent, Hansen said. Sheri Lynn Lemon will be among them. Lemon has worked in the Logan Utah Regional Family History Center as the Associate Director of Training, editor of their weekly email newsletter, and Webmaster.

To register for this third annual event, review presenter information, and locate complete details visit

This event is sponsored by Family History, FamilySearch, Family Tree Magazine, Roots Magic, Generation Maps, and Genealogy Gems Podcast.

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