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9:00 AM to 9:45 AM OPENING REMARKS: Director Sherrill Harmon - Keynote Speaker: Dennis Brimhall
   
         9:55 AM to 10:55 AM
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Getting Started using the Research Cycle Getting started--Get organized, use forms, computer programs and the Research Cycle to save time and be more productive in your genealogical journey. Darlene Brady http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Brady-Getting.Started.using.Research.Cycle.pdf
Family History Using Social Media By using Blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and other social networking sites, you can interact and share with living family and digitally preserve the records, photos and stories of your deceased loved ones. Let’s make our ancestors searchable on Google! Diane Miller http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Miller-Social Media and Family History.pdf
Researching London Many of our ancestors migrated from all over England in the early 1500's to London and other large cities.   Learn about what records are available and where and how to find them in London. Melba Preece http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Preece-LONDON MAJOR INDEXES.pdf
FamilySearch Wiki is "Wonder" Full Called the most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet, Family History Research Wiki is filled with almost 80,000 articles relating to every aspect of family history as well as links to online sites containing billions of records. Carma Lee Ellingson http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Ellingson-Wiki.Wonder.Full.pdf
Unique Maps This action packed class provides instruction on the importance of using maps in research as well as how and where to search for “Unique Maps.” Class includes hands on navigation in the world of maps as well as “Favorite Map Website” handout. Polly Munden http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Munden-ASU.MAP.WEBSITES.pdf
Youth Technical Skills & Family History. A Perfect Match! Come learn how to inspire and empower the youth. Turn their knowledge and love of technology into a heart set on using the power of the past to plant their feet solidly forward. Colleen Millet http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Millett-ASU_HANDOUT_(2).pdf http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Millett_ASU-YOUTH_HANDOUT_(1).pdf
Finding Women in Public Records Records created by colonial, territorial, state and local governments often contain information about women.  Women applied to governments for mining locations, water rights, sole traderships, widow’s affidavits and more. They appear in  prison registers, block tax assessment rolls and court records. This session looks at a variety of government records that  document women’s lives. Dr. Melanie Sturgeon http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Sturgeon-Finding.Women.in.Public.Records.pdf
Effective Use of Ancestry.com Ancestry.com has implemented a number of useful features that supplement it’s valuable genealogical record collections. Come and learn how this program functions and why you will need to add an Ancestry.com family tree to get the most value from the program. James Tanner http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Tanner-Effective Use of Ancestry.pdf
Using the Internet for Research This class is intended to present tools and websites that can be used from home 24/7 to do US research. The user can find much of the desired information for free. If desired, there are a couple of subscription sites that may aid in the research. There are over 300,000 websites on the internet that can be helpful, but it only takes a few to get results. Charles Shults http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Shults-Using.the.Internet.for.Research.From.Home.pdf
Immigration & Naturalization This class is designed to give the history of the waves of immigrants that came to the United States during specific periods and the ports where they may have arrived. We will highlight the sources of information both on-line and in books.
We will look at the Naturalization laws and where the records of naturalization may be found, on-line and in the archives.
Steve Packer http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Packer-Immigration.and.Emigration.pdf
Using Probate Records in your Family Research This class will cover types of probate records, how to understand them, where to find them and their immeasurable value in family history research. Deanna Johnson http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Johnson-PROBATE.RECORDS.pdf

11:05 AM to 12:05 AM
   
Class Description Presenter Handouts
Helping Researches Thru Indexing Indexing is the foundation of family history (genealogical) research. We are in the process of indexing names, dates and places from over 2.4 million microfilms (about 15 billion names) stored in Granite Mountain in Utah. Films deteriorate – so they all need to be indexed and put online in a (free) searchable database, making it faster and easier to find information on our families. The class will cover basics and show you how to index several kinds of records. Pat Badger http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Badger-Basic.Indexing.pdf
Find A Grave Find a Grave's mission is to find, record and present final disposition information as a virtual cemetery experience. Find graves of ancestors and create virtual memorials in over 400,000 cemeteries. There are currently 116 million memorials. Learn to search, correct or add to existing memorials, and link family members in other cemeteries. Shirley Nance  
DNA Testing and Genealogy This will cover which companies offer testing, contraindications to DNA testing, illustrations of using the tools at the websites, and results from a number of people who have found relatives (and some surprises) doing DNA testing. Dr. Paul H. Duffey http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Duffey-Introduction to Use of DNA in Genealogy.pdf
Two Soldiers with the Same Name - Which one is Mine?  Same Name? Same State? Same Regiment? Military service and pension files pinpoint terms of service, troop movements and other criteria that help identify soldiers when similarities exist. An in-depth analysis is conducted in actual files from the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Sharon Monson A handout will be provided in the class.
Using Newspapers and Periodicals Using historical newspapers gives us the ability to see the national, community and personal events as they were happening in the lives of both famous and ordinary people.  There is more than the obituary – newspapers can tell us about accidents, crimes, births, marriages, anniversaries, organizational events and more.  In addition, our ancestors may have been published in a wide variety of periodicals.  Learn tips on how to access historical newspapers and periodicals. Denise Crawford http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Crawford-Historical.Newspapers.Online.pdf
Finding the Parish of Origin of your Swedish Ancestor Swedish Church records are among the best in the world.  The main challenges are to first, to establish by research your ancestor's parish of origin; secondly to understand the various notations listed in the Household Examination Records and other records.  .These topics are addressed during this hour.  Also included is an extended bibliography.  See you there! Pat Hewett http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Hewett-Swedish Handouts 2014.pdf

http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Hewett.Safston-Swedish.Handouts.pdf
Finding your Ancestors in French Quebec, Canada Focusing on the century your ancestors were living, we will explore the various government, church, and newspaper records that exist. Chuck Filteau http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Filteau-French.Canadian.Research.pdf
Understanding the new Developments in FamilySearch Family Tree FamilySearch Family Tree has been undergoing a dramatic development. New functions of the programs provide valuable ways to organize and do research. Come and learn how FamilySearch Family Tree can help you find your missing ancestors. James Tanner http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Tanner-Understanding the new Developments in FamilySearch Family Tree.pdf
FamilySearch Keeps Getting Better & Better FamilySearch FamilyTree has become a marvelous tool for doing Family History---this is NOT your Grandma’s Genealogy anymore! Numerous new features, as well as, several affiliate programs have tremendously improved, advanced and enhanced FamilyTree capabilities. Come and discover “What’s New”. Leone Pearce http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Pearce-FSFT.is.getting.Better.pdf
Getting Organized - Electronically In today’s world of genealogy, it is important to maintain your records electronically on your personal computer. This class will emphasize how to organize and maintain your multimedia files to effectively document events in the lives of individuals in your family and facilitate sharing your information with others. Lynn Melville http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Melville-Electronic.Collection.Box.pdf
Writing about Family Members, Places, and Events Duane Roen will discuss the family experiences that offer rich material for writing and will share strategies for beginning, including a hands-on activity that will get participants writing about a memorable family member, place, or event  (so please bring paper and pen or laptop).  Participants will respond in writing to a series of questions designed to generate concrete details about a family member, place, or event.  After recording these details, participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. Dr. Duane Roen http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Roen-Workshop-person-place-event.pdf

             12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Class Description Presenter Handouts
Using Maps to Track your Family History Introduction to multiple mapping sources to assist in Genealogy research. Jim Taylor http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Taylor-Map.Handout.pdf
Using Land Records in your Family Research Considering the entire spectrum of American Genealogy land and property records have helped solve more difficult problems than any other record. A introductory class with examples, and an explanation of terms. Covers what deeds may tell you and how to find and use them. LeRoy Atkins http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Atkins-Land-Fall.2014Handout.pdf
Netherlands Research Familiarize participants with the different web sides available in the Netherlands such as Wie was Wie , formerly named genlias , archives that can be reached by Internet service in the Netherlands . Google research in the Netherlands  Touch also on history and geography of the Netherlands as they are so closely related and helpful in doing genealogy, in fact without them you are at a disadvantage .  Also what is available on FamilySearch about the Netherlands. Martha Larsen http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Larsen-Finding.Your.Dutch.Ancestry.pdf
Maricopa County Library District Genealogy Resources The Maricopa County Library District offers books, videos, databases, and library classes, an annual genealogy fair and online classes to assist with genealogy research. Learn how to access these materials from home and from inside the library. Robin Salthouse & Susan Smith http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Maricopa County Library District.pdf
Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Plan for Successful Research Irish genealogy research has unique challenges due to destroyed and missing records, multiple jurisdictions, and the commonality of names. Many useful records still exist and more Irish information is now accessible online than ever before. Learn what steps to take to focus your search for Irish ancestors and locate the records that will help you to optimize your research success. Cindy Patricki http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Patricki-Tracing.Your.Irish.Ancestors.pdf
Genealogy on your IPAD The iPad has become almost as ubiquitous as the laptop or desktop computer. But is it possible to do genealogy on the iPad? Absolutely. More and more genealogy apps to aid in family history research are being released to the Apple App Store each day. Favorites such as Roots Magic, Ancestry (Family Tree Maker), FindAGrave and BillionGraves all have their place on the iPad. You can create and update family tree information, source citations, documents, pictures and upload media to Family Search Family Tree or Ancestry with a few taps on the iPad. You can record interviews with family members or take pictures of documents in the County Courthouse. The iPad has definitely made its mark as an absolute must to have on any research trip. In this class, I will discuss all these apps and some of my favorites for scanning, photo editing, document management, etc. Katie Gertz http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Gertz-GenealogyOnYouriPadHandout.pdf
Researching your Swedish Ancestor using Swedish Records Swedish genealogy methods as births, deaths and marriages with analysis of the Household Exams in identifying families.  Other records also include military and probate records.  Historically Sweden has some of the most complete records of most European countries! Mary Säfsten http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Hewett.Safston-Swedish.Handouts.pdf

http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Hewett-Swedish Handouts 2014.pdf
How MyHeritage.com Works and How It Will Help You Find Your Ancestors Although MyHeritage.com is an extremely large online resource for genealogical information, may researchers are unaware of how this program works. Come and learn how to most effectively use MyHeritage.com to assist you in finding your ancestors. James Tanner http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Tanner-How.MyHeritage.com.Works.and.How.It.Helps.pdf

German Research This class we give the basic requirements to begin your research, what background information is critical to a successful search and where it can all be sourced.  We will look at the multiplicity of German record sources and how they can be found and utilized for a successful search. Steve Packer http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Packer.German Quick StartDoc.pdf
Military Records - Basic Training From the Revolutionary War; through the Civil War; up to today, almost every family has ancestors who served in conflicts. This is one of the larger record collections of US history and its people. The records are becoming easier to find and use on the internet. Charles Shults http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Shults-US.Military.Records-Basic.Training.pdf
Virginia Immigration and Migration A study in the movement into, within, and out of Virginia. Where they came from often determined where they settled. Follow the population movement within, and eventually out of the state. Carolyn Brown http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Brown-Virginia.Immigration.and.Migration.pdf
       
1:15PM to 2:00PM - LUNCH in the CULTURAL HALL

            2:10PM to 3:10PM

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The FamilySearch Catalog: Key to the Collection Locating available books, microfilms, or microfiche for a certain place or subject depends on the depth of the catalog search criteria. Basic Place, Last Name, Title, Author, Subject and Keyword searches will be demonstrated. Thousands of books are now online and many have updated indexes. Filter your searches to save time and effort with tips on how to use the FamilySearch Catalog. Sharon Monson A handout will be provided in the class.
Using the National Archives Selected NARA microfilm publications and original records have been digitized by Ancestry.com and Fold3.com and made available on their web sites for a fee – many of these same records are also being made available free on FamilySearch.org in the Historical Record Collection.
Learn how to find the NARA records online.  Also discussed – accessing the National Archives website to purchase records; which records are available if they cannot be found online, the cost and what to realistically expect when it comes in the mail.
Denise Crawford http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Crawford-NARABranChart.pdf
Great Census Puzzle Researching a census record is like a puzzle with many different pieces. Learn the flaws and benefits of census records, overlooked census clues and the value of non-population schedules. Class includes a “Skill Review” and “Favorite Website” handout. Polly Munden http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Munden-CENSUS.MENTOR.CLASS.pdf
Getting Started using the Research Cycle Getting started--Get organized, use forms, computer programs and the Research Cycle to save time and be more productive in your genealogical journey. Darlene Brady http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Brady-Getting.Started.using.Research.Cycle.pdf
Daily Journaling: Recording Family History as It Happens How are you making history? Duane Roen will discuss keeping a diary or journal to record and reflect on our daily activities. Duane will begin the session by talking about the daily journal that he has kept with his wife, Maureen. Together they have written more than 15,000 pages as they have captured family stories to pass down to future generations. Participants will write a journal entry (so please bring paper and pen or laptop).  Participants will be invited to share their writing with the group. In turn, the group will be encouraged to offer constructive feedback that will help writers develop their writing further. Dr. Duane Roen http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Roen-Journal Workshop.pdf
En búsqueda de Nuestras Raíces; In Search for Our Roots The class will be bilingual, as last year. The class will focus on, developing a plan where to focus your search, where to look first? Evaluate what materials you have. Pilar Felix http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Pilar-En búsqueda de Nuestras Raíces.pdf
Learning the Mesa AZ Family History Center Website Learn to navigate and easily find resources and links to family history sites, databases, how-tos and much more.  You will learn what each major topic is and what types of resources are available to you. Jean Wharton http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Wharton-Guide to Success using the Website.pdf
Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls Have you reached a point in your ancestral research where you and your family have been unable to proceed ? Rather than continually bump into that brick wall, come and find out some basic principles that will get you past those genealogical obstacles. James Tanner http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Tanner-Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls (1).pdf
Helps for Indexing Obituaries Indexing obituaries is a bit more challenging as you can't "Assume names, gender or relationships".  Once you learn how to deal with these three things, obituaries are easy to do.  Most are typewritten and easy to read.    Many helps and examples in how to determine names, gender and relationships will be shared.  Obituaries are a great source when verifying family relationships.  2014 has been named  "The year of the Obituary" and the goal of indexing 100 million obituaries has been set for this year. Pat Badger http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Badger-Cemetery1.pdf

http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Badger-MultipleDeceased.pdf
The Elusive Ladies: Finding the Ladies in your Ancestry Learn techniques to help you find the ladies in your ancestry. Carolyn H Brown http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Brown-The.Elusive.Ladies.pdf
Memory and Mystery: Breaking Down Family Lore Does your family have stories that have defied genealogical documentation? What steps should be taken to understand them and determine the truth? In this presentation we’ll explore exhaustively researching our stories and melding paper documentation with DNA evidence. Emily Garber http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Garber-Memory&Mystery.pdf
3:20PM to 4:20PM
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Getting Organized - Electronically In today’s world of genealogy, it is important to maintain your records electronically on your personal computer. This class will emphasize how to organize and maintain your multimedia files to effectively document events in the lives of individuals in your family and facilitate sharing your information with others. Lynn Melville http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Melville-Electronic.Collection.Box.pdf
FamilySearch Keeps Getting Better & Better FamilySearch FamilyTree has become a marvelous tool for doing Family History ---this is NOT your Grandma’s Genealogy anymore! Numerous new features, as well as, several affiliate programs have tremendously improved, advanced and enhanced FamilyTree capabilities. Come and discover “What’s New”. your information with others. Leone Pearce http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Pearce-FSFT.is.getting.Better.pdf
Researching African American Genealogy Research for African American roots is the same as any other research in the United States of America, but there are some additional challenges associated with finding names of people during the period of slavery. After slavery ended, there is the challenge of last names. Joyce Reese McCullom  
Native American Research 101 I was born in Pinon, Arizona on the Navajo Nation.  I am the son of Donald and Grace Mose and the youngest of seven children.

After graduating from San Juan High, I attended No. Pioneer College in Holbrook, AZ. I currently work at Gateway Community College as a security dispatcher. In my past, I enjoyed riding in rodeos as a bronc rider until I had my accident. That changed my whole talent around.

I discovered a new talent in family history and got involved in Native American research. I have a strong desire to find my ancestors. I have learned a lot about the 1800 history of Native Americans and about the African Americans. I am the chairman of the Native American, African American and Polonesian Committee.
Emerson Mose & Madeleine Ellis http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Mose-native_american_quick_start.pdf
Tips and Skills for Researching

Her recently published book covers seven generations of the GRUBER Families of western PA. Peter GRUBER, b. 1699 in Germany, immigrated 1733 to PA, has over 3300 descendants. Focus of class is to help you gather and analyze your research.

Marsha Allen MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Allen-Tips.and.Skills.for.Researching.pdf

Social Media and Family History

By using Blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and other social networking sites, you can interact and share with living family and digitally preserve the records, photos and stories of your deceased loved ones. Let’s make our ancestors searchable on Google! Diane Miller http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Miller-Social Media and Family History.pdf
Finding your French Ancestors French genealogical vital records (births, marriages, deaths) are generally available on free websites. During this class, we will discuss important historical events/information and review what is required to locate these vital records. Please bring the name of your ancestor, their important dates and the commune (community) where they lived and we will learn how to search for them. Gordon Mulleneaux http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Mulleneaux-FRENCH CLASS.pdf
How MyHeritage.com Works and How It Will Help You Find Your Ancestors Although MyHeritage.com is an extremely large online resource for genealogical information, may researchers are unaware of how this program works. Come and learn how to most effectively use MyHeritage.com to assist you in finding your ancestors. James Tanner http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Tanner-How.MyHeritage.com.Works.and.How.It.Helps.pdf
Women in the Civil War No one expected the Civil War to last more than a few months at the very longest. The length of service required for volunteers was 90 days. As history tells us, the war lasted four long years. During that time, women filled roles previously unheard of before. They became business proprietors, factory workers, skilled craftsman, farm and ranch foremen, bankers, and so on. In other words, as the men of the town left for service in the war effort, all their jobs had to be performed by the women left behind. Even more incredible for the times, women took on roles as soldiers, spies, fundraisers, nurses and even doctors. In this class, we will explore all these non-traditional roles and look specifically at some women such as Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman whose efforts made considerable contributions to society even lasting till today. Katie Gertz http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Gertz-WomenInTheCivilWarHandout.pdf
FamilySearch as a Research Tool - Finding Cousins to Add to Your Family Tree If your Family Search Family Tree appears to be full, you can still add new people to it by researching, finding, and adding distant cousins. Family Search has created a new tool, Descendancy View, to help us do this. Al Rhetta Anderson http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Anderson-Finding.Cousins.pdf
FamilySearch Wiki is "Wonder" Full Called the most valuable genealogical resource on the Internet, Family History Research Wiki is filled with almost 80,000 articles relating to every aspect of family history as well as links to online sites containing billions of records. Carma Lee Ellingson http://mesarfhc.org/MyExpo/Conf2014/Handouts/Ellingson-Wiki.Wonder.Full.pdf