Tags: conference

Renee Zamora

Family History Seminar at Homestead Resort

Family History Seminar at Resort - http://home.byu.net/ks4/

Friday and Saturday, 3–4 November 2006

Susan Easton Black (Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University), and Kip Sperry (Professor of Family History, BYU) will be the presenters.

Topics will include writing biographies and personal histories, organizing your family history collections, making the most of your resources, establishing family history databases, using the computer to locate family history resources, using the computer to locate original records, what’s new on the Internet for family history, and successful online research.

The seminar will be held at the Homestead Resort and Conference Center, 700 North Homestead Drive, Midway, Utah 84049. The Homestead is located in the majestic Wasatch Mountains near Heber City, about one hour from the Salt Lake International Airport. An AAA Four-Diamond resort, it has an indoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, Spa, fitness center, gift shop, two onsite restaurants, fabulous Sunday brunch, game room, and more. See their Web site (www.homesteadresort.com).

The family history seminar begins 1:00 pm Friday. Friday evening entertainment is included in the registration. Hours for the Saturday seminar are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is an optional Homestead lunch buffet Saturday ($25.00). Door prizes will be awarded Saturday afternoon. Registration is limited. Registration discount is offered before 1 September 2006 ($65.00 before 1 September and $75.00 thereafter). A one-day registration fee is available for $40.00. Lodging reservations are also limited and should be made directly with the Homestead before 1 September. Lodging is on a first come, first served basis. Attendees will receive 25 percent off regular room rates (call toll free 800-327-7220 and ask for Family History Seminar room discount code 4555J1). Seminar attendees do not need to stay overnight at the resort to attend the seminar.

Make checks payable to Family History Seminar and mail to Family History Seminar, P.O. Box 7160, University Station, Provo, UT 84602. Attendees should include name, mailing address with zip code, and email address with registration.
Renee Zamora

Hey, That's Me Up There!

It's such a novelty to see your name up in lights. All right not the kind of lights your thinking of, but it was still lights. I'm talking about my visit to the Family History Seminar, held today by the Salt Lake Granger West Stake, in West Valley City,UT. I went there to attend another genealogy conference. Just can't get enough of them. All right, all right, I'm an addict but I'm proud of it. My name in lights appeared during Alan Mann's presentations. He was kind enough to use Renee's Genealogy Blog as an example of what blogging is. It's really nice to know you are appreciated for your efforts. I guess I'm getting "recognized" by my picture being all over this website. Almost wore the same dress today - that would of been tragic. I know word of mouth has spread my blog site around and it's been really fun. I've even heard from people in Canada, Australia, and France. I'm being translated into French. I can honestly say now I am a translated being! (he,he)

Well now to the important stuff - what I learned today. Collapse )
Renee Zamora

The Art of Attending Genealogy Conferences

One thing I have done a lot of lately is attend genealogy conferences. My feeling about them have evolved over the years. I used to try to record what the lecturer said and try to recall his lecture in detail. Well as I age my ability to do that has decreased. I remember feeling after the St. George Jamboree in February 2006 that everything I had heard was one big jumbled mess in my head. I could recall interesting points made but no detail as to who said it or what class it was in. I thought I was a failure. Then I took time to reevaluate myself. I came to the conclusion that those interesting points where things that I had learned and that they would most likely stay with me as facts. Things that I could recall when I needed them. Who needs to go to a conference and become a parrot and retell everything that was said. It more than likely wouldn't stay with you for long. So I know longer quiz myself after a class to make sure I got it all. Now I try to recall something new that I learned. I'm not saying I know everything but the more conferences and classes I attend the less I am overwhelmed with new stuff. My suggestion is if your new or old to the genealogy game don't feel guilty if you can't grasp everything you heard the first time.

May I give you some suggestions:

1. Plan ahead what classes you are going to take, then you won't be trying to make up your mind during someones class.
2. Relax and try to just pay attention to the lecturer.
3. Look for key points that impress you, and write them down. The act of writing things down helps you recall them later.
4. Don't follow the lecture along in the syllabus. Why? Because you will find yourself trying to memorize the class and jumping ahead of the lecturer. Instead read the syllabus later as a refresher. I love it when teachers will say everything is in the syllabus.
5. After the conference write up a little report of the things you have learned. These can be gleaned from your notes.
6. Remember taking conference classes isn't doing genealogy. Don't forget to apply the principles you learned and get out into the real world and use them.

I hope whatever genealogy conference you are attending are great experiences for you. It's always refreshing to get out and feel the pulse of other genealogists. But now it's time for the real world. I've gotta get back to my genealogy.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!