Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Family History Expo Comes to Houston, TX

Family History Expos is coming to Houston, Texas for the first time on April 6-7, 2012, and I'm very excited to help kick off the event as the keynote speaker, in addition to teaching four classes. Here's everything you need to know from the folks at Family History Expos. I hope to see you in class and be sure and stop by my booth in the exhibit hall and say "hi!"


Beginners to old-timers can get a Texas-sized jump on their family history April 6-7 at the Houston Family

History Expo 2012. Opening keynote speaker Lisa Louise Cooke will fire up the crowd with great ways to

get started and stay motivated to engage in family history during her opening address on Friday at 2 p.m.

Register online, by telephone, or at the door. The Expo will take place at the Houston Marriott South at

Hobby Airport. Registration begins and exhibits open at 1 p.m., Friday and at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

“Our 2012 theme is: ‘Your family history starts here!’” FHE Founder and President Holly T. Hansen said.

“We are so thrilled to bring our Expo to Houston this year. This is going to be a great event with such

quality information. I just can’t believe how great our presenter line-up is for this Expo!”

Hansen said Family History Expos is responding to a soft economy by lowering prices to make family

history education more affordable than ever before. “We know people are stretching their dollars as far as

they can and we want everyone to get the information they need,” Hansen said. The company travels

throughout the United States to help people get jump started on their family history and this year it is

presenting more shows than ever before.

Lisa Louise Cooke Brings Expertise, Excitement
Keynote speaker Lisa Louise Cooke is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, an online

genealogy audio show at .
In addition to her keynote address at 2 p.m. on Friday, Cooke will present a seminar on “Ultimate Google

Search Strategies” at 4:50 p.m. At 7:50 p.m. she will present, “Google Earth for Genealogy – Rock your

Ancestor’s World.”

Cooke’s Saturday presentations include “Getting the Scoop on your Family History in Newspapers” at

11:20 a.m. and “Sharing the Joy: Projects that Will Captivate the Non-Genealogists in Your Life” at 2:30


“Our industry experts are people with years and years of experience who are delighted to assist family

history and genealogy researchers in breaking down the brick walls blocking paths to their pasts,” Hansen


Expo to Feature Speaker from Kumasi-Ghana

Oral historian Paul Adjei, Worldbiz Business Chief Executive Officer will be on hand to enlighten

participants on his company’s efforts to preserve the oral history of the Akan, one of the most powerful

tribes in West Africa. Adjei and 20 field staff members are performing research on the tribe and collecting

oral genealogical data. Adjei will present on “The Importance of Oral Genealogy in Ghana” and “Challenges of

Genealogical Research" in Ghana.

Participants can attend any single class for just $20.

Exhibitors will be on hand to offer products and services to assist families in furthering their family history


The cost to attend this two-day event is just $69 with pre-registration and $99 at the door. Pay only $59

for one day. Onsite registration will begin and the exhibit hall will open at 1 p.m. on Friday. The event will

close at 9 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.

Register now at or call 801-829-3295 for telephone registration.

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