Family History Expos Will Not be in St. George or Mesa in 2014

Family History Expos
A few days ago, Holly Hansen announced that Family History Expos will not sponsor their annual conference in Mesa, Arizona or St. George, Utah this next year. This came as a surprise to me, as I had thought that these were the more profitable of the Expos, being closer, and with traditionally large crowds. In her announcement, Holly stated that the RootsTech Conference, which takes place about the same time, played into the cancelation of the Expos. That makes sense to me, as many genealogists have just so much money to spend on conferences, and RootsTech is clearly the leader in this area in the USA – drawing huge never-before-experienced crowds. I’m sure that the high cost of the venues for the Mesa and St. George Expos also played into the decision to not attempt to compete for the dollar with RootsTech.

This weekend, Family History Expos is having their midwest conference in Kearney, Nebraska. Although Family Roots Publishing will not be in attendence, Billy Edgington stopped by on Wednesday morning to pick up books from us that will be displayed and sold there.

Colorado Family History Expo in Colorado Springs August 2-3, 2013

Colorado Springs Family History Expo Hotel
The Colorado Family History Expo is just a few days away. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do it online or call 801-829-3295 and Family History Expos will be happy to help you in anyway possible.

There is a fantastic program lined up for this year’s Colorado Family History Expo August 2-3, 2013 in Colorado Springs. Exhibits open a 12 noon and at 1:00 pm things kick off with Keynote, James L. Tanner, he will share the Top 10 Techniques used for finding ancestors and other persons of interest. James has a B.A. Degree in Spanish, an M.A. Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah, and a J.D. Degree in Law from Arizona State University. He has 37 years experience as a trial attorney in Arizona. He also has over 30 years experience in genealogical research and is the author of The Guide to FamilySearch Online. He is an avid Blogger and his genealogy blog, Genealogy’s Star is on of the top genealogy blogs in the U.S. He has been a presenter at a number of Expos and Conferences. He is the former owner of a retail computer business and Apple Macintosh software company. James is the social media coordinator at Family History Expos.

The Colorado Expo will be held at the Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center, 2886 South Circle Drive in Colorado Springs. Registration and Exhibits open at noon on Friday. Pre-registration cost is only $79, the cost at the door is $99. For full details see

This year there is also a track of Scandinavian classes offered by well-known professionals Ruth Ellen Maness, AG and Kathy Meade.

Ruth is the Senior Research Consultant for Scandinavian Reference at the world famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Ruth will be available for research assistance in the Ask-the-Pros booth during breaks and when she is not presenting.

Kathy is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, a company that offers online access to color images of Swedish church books and other historical records. ArkivDigital has a booth in the vendor hall where you can get answers to your questions directly from Kathy.

Other presenters include Ruby Coleman, Carol Cooke Darrow, CG, Arlene H. Eakle, Ph.D., experts in researching U.S. records. There is a great lineup of classes for you this year. You can check out the details on all of the presenters at their website

Sponsors include FamilySearch, 50 Plus Marketplace News, and Celebrating Family History. Some the other exhibits include RootsMagic, 4 Cats Ink., Family Roots Publishing, Genealogy Presentations, and The Genealogical Institute.

> has partnered with Family History Expos to prepare each registered attendee a FREE 24″x18″, 24″x32″ or 24″x36″ fan chart printed with their personal genealogy. Or you can choose a 10% discount on any order purchased, use discount code FHE10. You must pre-order the chart before the event to be delivered at the Expo. Simply go to and order by July 30th, in order to guarantee delivery at the Expo. If you have questions call GenealogyWallCharts at 801-540-1973.

Family Roots Publishing will have a large booth with hundreds of books for genealogists. As an Expo special, We will be offering any of William Dollarhide’s new Names Lists books for 20% off, and throwing in a Free PDF of any Name List book purchased. Nine volumes are currently in print, and it’s expected that 14 will be available be Colorado Family History Expo time! Click here to learn more about the books.

The Arizona Family History Expo is Just Two Weeks Away!

The Arizona FamilyHistory Expo is just two weeks away! And we can’t hardly wait! The program is excellent again this year, and the genealogy-education will be great.

The expo is to be held at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, Arizona, 85201. Phone 480-644-2178. Click Here to view the Mesa Convention Center website.

The dates are January 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm to January 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

The Opening Keynote will be given by Barbara Renick
Barbara serves as a genealogical computing instructor at the Regional Family History Center in Orange, California. She has taught genealogical computing classes since 1985 and frequently lectures at regional and national conferences. She writes for several genealogy publications and authored Genealogy 101: How To Trace Your Family’s History and Heritage for the National Genealogical Society’s 100th Anniversary.

The Closing Keynote is to be given Holly T. Hansen, President of Family History Expos, Inc.
Through Family History Expos, Holly has helped thousands understand the techniques and technology to trace their roots in today’s ever-changing technological environment. She received a B.A. in History from Weber State University and continues to dedicate time to education on a daily basis. She is also an author, lecturer, former editor of Everton’s Genealogical Helper magazine, and editor of the 10th and 11th editions of the Handybook for Genealogists.

Registration FEES:

  • Registration Fee – $79
  • Friday Only – $55
  • Saturday Only – $55
  • At the Door – $99

Click here to see a full agenda for the event.

Click here for a full map of the SOLD-OUT Exhibit Hall. Family Roots Publishing is exhibiting in booths #38,39,40,41. Come and see us!

Click here for more details and to register.