Friday at the Expo – Part 1
Saturday at the Expo

On Friday afternoon, I had the opportunity to catch Lisa Louise Cooke’s presentation of “Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 8 Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives.” She gave some great suggestions for finding those cousins who might be out there with the answers to your brick walls.

Friday evening, Lisa hosted a live Genealogy Gems podcast (with a very yummy dessert!). One of the featured guests was Craig Manson, who writes “Geneablogie.” Craig shared some of his experiences as a lawyer, blogger, and former radio personality (when you hear Craig’s dulcet tones, you will agree that he should definitely consider doing radio again, or possibly starting his own podcast!). Lisa also talked to Craig about his experience writing for the online magazine, Shades of the Departed.

Bruce Buzbee of Roots Magic offered some great door prizes!

The final guest of the evening was Sheri Fenley of “The Educated Genealogist.” Sheri talked about her experience as a genealogist, a mom, and also her column in Shades of the Departed, “The Year Was…”

If you haven’t checked out Shades of the Departed yet, you’ll want to do so as soon as possible. Extreme kudos to footnoteMaven, the magazine’s brains and heart, and to everyone who works on this fantastic publication.

I want to thank Katherine Doyle, who was lucky enough to win one of Bruce’s door prizes, a copy of the “Personal Historian” software. I mentioned to Katherine that I’d been wanting to purchase a copy for a few years, and since she is a Mac user and unable to run the software, she kindly gave it to me. (Yes, we discussed possible ways to run PC programs on a Mac, but she insisted.)

Day 1 of the Expo was tons of fun, and I’m looking forward to what Day 2 will bring!


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Elizabeth O'Neal

Elizabeth O’Neal is a genealogist, freelance writer, educator, and web developer. An avid genealogist for three decades, Elizabeth writes the blog "My Descendant’s Ancestors" (formerly "Little Bytes of Life"), where she shares family stories, technology and methodology tips, and hosts the monthly "Genealogy Blog Party." When not hunting for ancestors, she enjoys testing new software and social media platforms to find innovative ways to re-purpose them for genealogy.
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