Friday, January 25, 2013

Google Tips from the Family History Expos Mesa

I use Google a lot but sometimes it takes going to a lecture about it to get back in the habit of using Google to it's full potential.  Last week I attended Lisa Louise Cooke's 10 Ways to Achieve Google Search Success for Common Surnames.  One of the search methods she talked about was a linked search. A search for my Poundstone ancestors looking for a related link to a specific website would be as follows:


The second search method she reminded me about is related search.  A query utilizing this search method would be:


Try both of  these search strategies to see what new results you can find regarding your family.  You can learn more from Lisa Louise Cooke about Google and many other genealogy related subjects by listening to her podcasts at Genealogy Gems.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Family History Expo - More to share

That's me on the left and Gena on the right!
I thought I would share a few more things this week regarding the past weekend's Expo.  It was a wonderful experience, how Holly Hansen manages to put this together every year is beyond me.  She is a superwoman!  I enjoyed so many speakers.  I had time to chat with Gena Philebert-Ortega.  Gena is a wonderfully speaker and blogger in the genealogy world.  If you have a chance check out one of her blogs - I really like Food Family Ephemera.

My Angel!  Claudia Zweifel
I also need to thank a fellow genie for finding my car keys.  I checked for my keys in the second to the last lecture and could not locate them.  I left the lecture and went back to the hotel and every place I had been during the conference - no luck!  Finally this sweet lady said are you sure you looked in your purse and I said at least twelve times!  I asked her to look in my purse and low and behold she found the keys!  Too bad it was after I had called my husband Gary in Tucson to come get me from Mesa but luckily he hadn't left yet.  So thank you my angel Claudia Zweifel!

I had a chance to hang out with some of my Pima County Genealogy Society members and it was a real pleasure to get to know them better.  During the rest of the week I will share some other "finds" from the conference.

Friday, January 18, 2013

My Top Ten, Day One Family History Expo in Mesa

I wanted to share some of my favorite things from the first day of the Expo:
1.  Lisa Louise Cooke - Always an enjoyable speaker, author, GenealogyGems podcaster and a good friend.
2.  Gena Philibert Ortega - Gifted genealogist and author.  Stop by and see her books From the Family Kitchen and Tracing Your Female Ancestors with Maureen Taylor.
3.  Barbara Renick - I heard her speak for the first time in 2008.  She is an enjoyable and personable speaker - boy have I learned.
4.  FamilyRoots Publishing - Love updating my personal library, wish their booth wasn't so tempting.
5.  Photo - Bought a cheater sheet for Elements 11 and the Photo Restoration Kwik Guide.  I cannot wait to get started.
6.  Meeting people who read my blog!  Thank you for introducing yourselves!
7.  New acquaintances and catching up with old acquaintances! 
8.  Arlene Eakle - She is an encyclopedia of genealogical information, I always learn something new in her lectures.
9.  Holly Hansen - President of Family Expos - She makes the Expo special for us all!
10.  My hotel room - I am beat but I can't wait until tomorrow!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Arizona Family History Expo Mesa - What to do, what to do?

  The hardest part about attending an expo or conference is trying to figure out which programs to attend.  As usual the Family History Expo has scheduled several programs I would like to attend at the same time.  Barbara Renick is the keynote speaker.  I had the privilege of attending one of her computer classes at the 2008 NGS conference in Kansas City so I know I would like to hear her speak again.  Lisa Louise Cooke is back at the conference and she always has great information so I really want to see her again. Arlene Eakle is presenting and I always learn something new from her programs.  Donald Yates is presenting  a DNA talk that really sounds interesting and luckily will be presented both Friday and Saturday.  Now the question is can I clone myself so that I can attend every program I want before the morning?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Mother's (Lorraine Skibbe) confirmation class

Our Saviour's English Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois, 1948  Lorraine Skibbe is in the third row from the bottom, 4th person from the right.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mesa Family History Expo - January 18-19th Tips for the best expo experience!

The Family History Expo in Mesa will open this Friday the 18th and continue through January the 19th.  Here a few tips to make the most of your expo experience:

1.  Bring address labels!  It will speed up entering drawings and your name and address will be easy to read.  Just add your email to the form and you are good to go.

2.  Pack a snack and a water bottle.  The vendor lines get long at times and that snack may just save you from starving.

3.  Be patient!

4.  Review your book titles and keep track of the books you are on the look out for.  I have purchased the same book three times over the last few years until I started keeping my library on Librarything.  Now when I go to a conference I can bring a printout or access it on my phone.

5.  Bring business cards/calling cards with your email and or blog address for new genealogy friends to stay in touch after the expo.

6.  Dress in layers - some rooms are warm and some are cool - be prepared.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Monday, January 7, 2013

The Genealogy Search is 6 years old today!

I’m 6 Today!

The Genealogy Search blog is officially six years old today.  Another year has quickly come and gone.  I am happy to report that my blog has found new relatives, shared numerous family pictures, allowed me to meet new "blogger" friends, and learn from other blogs.  What a wonderful group Geneabloggers has been and thank you Thomas MacEntee, Amy Coffin, and all the other genealogy bloggers for all your inspiration.

Here's to another wonderful year of blogging and continuing the Genealogy Search!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Not too late to register for the Family History Expo in Mesa!

It is not too late to register for the Family Expo at the Mesa Convention Center on January 18-19, 2013.   Pre-registration is $79.00 for both days, registration at the door is $99.00.  Onsite registration will begin and the exhibit hall will open at noon on Friday January 18th. The event will close at 8:30 p.m. Exhibits and registration will re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The exhibit hall will close at 4 p.m. Prizes donated by exhibitors will be given away both days and Grand Prizes donated by sponsors will be given away at the closing ceremony. This event is sponsored by Family History Expos and supported by FamilySearch. Click here to register now. 

The Mesa FamilySearch Library closes during the Expo.  To utilize the library you will need to visit Mesa  a day earlier than the Expo.  The good news is the genealogy collection at the  Law and Research Library at the Arizona Capitol will be open so if you want to research before the Expo begins you can spend the morning there.  More information about the research library can be found here:  Law and Research Library.  

Law and Research Library

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Location: State Capitol • 1700 West Washington, Suite 300 • Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812 • Map 
Phone: (602) 926-3870 • (800) 228-4710 (In State Only) • Fax: (602) 256-7984 • Email 

The Arizona History and Archives will also be open the on the January 19th.  The archives houses assessment rolls; brand indexes and books; coroner or Justice Court records detail inquest for deaths; Great Registers containing personal information of voters; Miscellaneous books that have land records, proof of labor, plat maps, court documents, marriage records; records form the Territorial Prison; Superior Court records that include pre-WWI marriage licenses, wills, probate cases, and civil and criminal cases.  Be sure to check out their website to pre-order files for your visit.

History and Archives

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 602-926-3720 before your visit to arrange for materials to be pulled in advance. 
Location: 1901 West Madison • Phoenix, AZ 85009 • Map 
Phone: (602) 926-3720 • Fax: (602) 256-7982 • Email