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What do you get when you mix a bunch of genealogists with how-to classes and an exhibit hall full of software vendors, data services, publishers, photo restorers and genealogy societies? Sounds like a family history conference to us.
“Genealogy conferences promote new tools, new sources and new methods available to researchers,” says Linda Herrick Swisher of Lansing, Ill. “I always come away from a conference feeling energized and inspired.”
Dae Powell traveled last year from his home in Grand Prairie, Texas, to the Family History Expo in Mesa, Ariz. “The spirit of cooperation and love of family history pervaded the whole affair. Everyone was available to help everyone else.”
Now is the time to start planning for travel to 2010 genealogy events. Don’t worry if you can’t make the biggest gatherings, listed below: Many state and local genealogical societies and libraries hold excellent conferences and workshops. Check Web sites of organizations near you and see our online events calendar.
Family History Expos
Friendly gatherings in mid-size Western cities
Jan. 22-23 in Mesa, Ariz.; Feb. 26-27 in St. George, Utah; and others
Huge genealogy and history event associated with the eponymous British television series
Feb. 26-28, London
Hear big-name speakers and meet veteran genealogists at this venerable annual event
April 28-May 1, Salt Lake City
A fun, fast-paced conference heavily populated by genealogy bloggers
June 11-13, Burbank, Calif.
<iajgs.org> known for interesting classes and intense educational opportunities
July 11-16, Los Angeles
Federation of Genealogical Societies
This “society for genealogy societies” draws attendees from all over the country
Aug. 18-21, Knoxville, Tenn.
From the December 2010 Family Tree Magazine