Family History Expos will return to Southern Utah with its annual flagship event, â€œ2012 St. George Family History Expo,â€ Feb. 24 and 25. Dixie Convention Center will host the Expo at 1835 Convention Center Drive in St. George.
â€œOur 2012 theme is: â€˜Your family history starts here!â€™â€ FHE Founder and President Holly T. Hansen said. â€œWeâ€™re always thrilled to visit St. George because that really is where it all started for us in 2003. Itâ€™s hard to imagine this is our eighth year in Southern Utah!â€
This yearâ€™s events will feature a pre-expo tour of the historical St. George area on Thursday, Feb. 23. Participants will meet at the Dixie Center at 8 a.m. to get on the tour bus. The trip will end by 6 p.m.
Hansen said Family History Expos is responding to a soft economy by lowering prices to make family history education more affordable than ever before. â€œWe know people are stretching their dollars as far as they can and we want everyone to get the information they need,â€ Hansen said.
Brigham Young University Professor Susan Easton Black will offer a keynote address at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 in the Convention Center Ballroom. Her address is titled, â€œYour Family History Starts Here,â€ in conjunction with the FHE 2012 theme. Black is a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU in Provo, Utah. She is also author of several books related to Joseph Smith, Jr. and the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
â€œOur industry experts are people with years and years of experience who are delighted to assist family history and genealogy researchers break down the brick walls blocking the path to their pasts,â€ Hansen said.
Other scheduled presenters at the St. George Expo include: Alice Volkert, Amanda Terry, Anna Swayne, Arlene H. Eakle, Baerbel K. Johnson, Bill Mangum, Billy Dubois Edgington, Bret Petersen, Bruce Buzbee, Carol Cofrank Swensen, Dennis Meldrum, Geoff Rasmussen, Glenn Rawson, James L. Tanner, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Jill R. Woodbury, John Kusmich, Jr., Joleen Aitchison, Ken Aubuchon, Leland K. Meitzler, Margo McKinstry, Marlo E. Schuldt, Michael Booth, Philipp M. Mayer, Robert Raymond, Robert Curry, Ruth Ellen Maness, Tom Underhill, Yvonne Curry, and The Ancestry Insider. Hansen will also present during the event.
Class topics will include, â€œYour Head in the Cloud and Your Feet on the Ground,â€ by Bret Petersen; and, â€œConnecting with Cousins: Using the Internet to Locate Distant Relatives and Collaborate with Cousins,â€ by Yvonne Curry. Amanda Terry will teach a class called â€œFamily History: Itâ€™s Not Just for Your Grandparents.â€
Exhibitors will be on hand to offer products and services to assist families in furthering their family history research.
The cost to attend this two-day event is just $59 with pre-registration and $99 at the door. Pay only $49 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. The St. George and Cedar City Family History Centers are local sponsors.
Register now at www.fhexpos.com or call 801-829-3295 for telephone registration.
Family History Expos, Inc. is a Utah-based company headquartered in Croydon, Utah. FHE has been holding successful events throughout the United States, teaching thousands to learn the art of and experience the spirit of family history research, since 2003. Twitter hashtag: #fhexpo