The Georgia Family History Expo will be held November 11-12 at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia. If you can be in the area, I suspect you will enjoy this event.
Family History Expos are held in a number of cities around the U.S. every year. Most of the events are in the western U.S. so an Expo in Georgia is unusual. The Expos are sponsored by Family History Expos, Inc., a company in Utah with Holly Hansen as CEO. Holly and her assistants are well experienced at holding these Expos. I have attended several and have always enjoyed them.
The Family History Expos are a bit different from the other genealogy seminars I have attended. In this case, I think "different" is a good thing. The Family History Expos offer sessions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogists but the emphasis definitely is on beginning to intermediate researchers. Another difference of an "expo" of any sort is the strong emphasis on vendors. In fact, the Family History Expos are a showcase for many genealogy vendors who exhibit their products and services. Vendors from all across the U.S. will be in attendance.
Shattered Silence author and biographer M. Bridget Cook will officially open the show with a keynote address. The book, Shattered Silence, has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Dr. Phil,” “Good Morning America,” and many other national television programs. The book was also featured in multiple magazines. The Expo will officially open at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 11. Cook’s address will begin at 2 p.m.
The opening session will be followed by nearly 60 classes and demonstrations intended to help people with different skill and interest levels. Instructors include professional genealogists, authors, and researchers like Robert S. Davis, Director of the Genealogy Program of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama. Davis is offering a rare opportunity to learn about Georgia research and facilities for Southern Research. His courses will include: “Georgia Research: the Basics,” and “Researching in Atlanta, the Gate City of the South.”
Other nationally known presenters include:
DearMYRTLE – Utah/Virginia
Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D. - Utah
Thomas Jay Kemp – Connecticut
Lisa Louise Cooke – California
M. Bridget Cook – Utah
Ann Mohr Osisek – Florida
Anita R. Paul – Georgia
Seema-Jayne Kenney – Massachusetts
Ken Aubuchon – Kansas
Joleen Aitchison – Missouri
You can find a lot more information about the event, including suggested hotels, at http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent.aspx?eid=38&past=0
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