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Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT)
Blue Springs, MO
Sponsored by Ancestry.com and the Midwest Genealogy Center, Ancestry Day will be held on March 16, 2013, from 9:00 to 4:30 p.m. Ancestry Day will feature sessions taught by Ancestry.com staff members, Anne Mitchell and Lou Szucs, and staff from the Midwest Genealogy Center focusing on all levels of genealogy research. Held at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sessions include How to Use Ancestry.com, Getting the Most from Ancestry.com, Military Records at Ancestry.com and Fold3, and Using Ancestry.com for Finding Family in Local History Sources. The day will end with Stump the Experts, a panel discussion featuring staff from Midwest Genealogy Center and the Ancestry experts.
A welcome reception at the Midwest Genealogy Center [3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence, MO] is offered on Friday, March 15, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., for attendees to network and meet the Ancestry speakers. Limited space is available. Register now for this free event.
The Midwest Genealogy Center is open for research. Check midwestgenealogycenter.org for information on location and hours.
Early Bird Registration is $30. After March 1, 2013, $35. Refunds given up to March 9, 2013. If you have questions, please call 816.252.7228 and ask for Angela or Janice or email them at email@example.com.
Registration opens January 2, 2013.
Ancestry Day Schedule
Adams Pointe Conference Center, Blue Springs, Missouri
|8:30 a.m.||Registration Begins|
|9:15 a.m.||Find them Fast: Searching Secrets to Help You Find Your Ancestors Stories on Ancestry.com, Anne Mitchell|
|Ancestry.com is home to more than 7 billion records in more than 30,000 collections and tools to help you store and organize what you’ve found. Learn the best way to find what you're looking for and make the most of it with Anne Mitchell. She'll teach you how to make the powerful tools at Ancestry.com work for you to locate your ancestors, discover their stories, and advance your research to the next level.|
|10:15 a.m.||Extraordinary Clues in Ordinary Records, Lou Szucs|
|We all need ordinary records to build our family stories: cemetery, census, court, immigration, newspaper, vital records. This presentation will highlight often overlooked clues in those records that can lead to new discoveries.|
|11:15 a.m.||Mining Gold at Midwest Genealogy Center, Janice Schultz|
|Start with Ancestry.com and expand your search at the Midwest Genealogy Center. Find out what you can discover at MGC that will enhance the search for your ancestors.|
|1:15 p.m.||Putting Your Ancestors in Historical Perspective: Extracting Stories from Military Records on Ancestry.com and Fold3, Anne Mitchell|
|Finding your ancestors is Step One. Understanding their lives is Step Two. Military records hold clues that help bring historical events to life and help you understand how those events impacted your ancestors. We will show you read the clues, and use the information to create the story.|
|2:15 p.m.||Hidden Treasures at Ancestry.com, Lou Szucs|
|Because of the enormity of the Ancestry.com database, some “hidden” collections don’t always surface quickly in a global search. In addition to describing dozens of examples of “lesser¬-known” records at Ancestry.com (such as mortality census schedules, records from U.S. Soldiers and Sailors Homes, newspaper abstracts, ethnic collections and church records), this presentation focuses on techniques for locality searching and using the catalog. You will also learn how you can keep up with news of exciting collections being added all the time.|
|3:15 p.m.||Stump the Experts Panel Discussion|
|A panel discussion featuring staff from Midwest Genealogy Center and the Ancestry experts.|
Ancestry Day Presenters
Cris has been with Ancestry.com since February 2009 having relocated from Tulsa area of Oklahoma to Utah in 2007. Cris started out in Ancestry.com's “Tech Support” area of the call center and quickly learned all there was about the technology issues facing individual users to libraries. This is knowledge expanded on using PC, MAC, and Family Tree Maker. Cris recently joined the Institutional team becoming our Institutional Product Support Lead.
Cynthia Shively has worked at Midwest Genealogy Center since April 2012. In addition to her regular duties at MGC, submitting blogs and assisting with MGC’s Facebook page, Cynthia writes for her own personal blog called The Spoken Ellipsis – A Writer’s Layover. For Cynthia, social networking is the cornerstone to her research, writing, and art. Her primary social networking sites are Facebook, both personally and professionally, Pinterest, and her own blog.
Ancestry Day Hotel Information
A special conference hotel room rate of $89 per night (plus tax) is available for conference attendees at:
This special rate runs for hotel rooms booked for between March 13 to March 17.
Reservations can be made by calling 816.228.8100 or 800.321.2211.
Mention Mid-Continent Public Library Ancestry Day to receive this special rate.
Rooms must be booked before March 1 to receive our special prices.
When & Where
Midwest Genealogy Center--Mid-Continent Public Library
The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all the resources and technology genealogists need to research.