Mesa Conference: some details

Here’s a short list of presentations at the Family History Expo in Mesa on Friday & Saturday January 18th & 19th. This isn’t a substitute for the full agenda available here. But I’ve identified a few that may be of interest to members of our Special Interest Groups.

  • Colonial Virginia: Arlene Eakle, Ph.D., speaks on Virginia Genealogy: What is new and what research strategies work? (Experienced-Advanced) on Friday afternoon, and on Tracing American Ancestors Who Lived Through Colonial Wars (All levels) on Friday evening.
  • Germany: James Baker, CG, offers two sessions Saturday morning: German 101, An Introduction to German Genealogy (Beginner) and German 301: Going Beyond the Earliest Church Records (Advanced).
  • Ireland: Kathy Warburton, British Reference Assistant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, speaks on Finding Your Irish Ancestors in the 19th and 20th Centuries (All levels) at one of the late sessions on Friday. She also has an earlier session on Using Scotland’s People for Scottish Research (All levels) and a Saturday afternoon one on English Probate Records (All levels).
  • Legacy: Legacy Family Tree’s own Geoff Rasmussen has three sessions Friday and two Saturday. Friday’s are all on using the Legacy software, including one on Legacy for your mobile device. Legacy also has a booth in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Family Tree Maker: I found no talks on FTM, and no booth. That’s odd.
  • General Interest: Sessions on FamilySearch,, immigration, naturalization, DNA, and much more.
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