GenCOMO – Columbia, Missouri’s Free Family History and Genealogy Conference   – October 7, 2017

Learn from experts about the best research strategies and resources here in Missouri, online and globally.

National, regional and local genealogical experts will share their fascinating tips and techniques for gathering family history information. You will hear the best ways to get started, unstuck or swept away in the art of family history research. Multiple ways to improve and simplify family history for future generations will be covered.

The conference is free.

All are Invited. Patrons as young as age 12 are welcome to attend.

There are many sessions to choose from. Anyone may attend any session. Select a customized conference schedule based on your skill level and interests. Come for all or part of the day.

Some sessions will be rebroadcasted talks from RootsTech 2015, the largest family history event in the world. Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech celebrates family stories and connections through technology.

Consultants will be available in the afternoon to answer questions about using or or about indexing and other Internet or genealogical questions you might have.

Please register in advance.
Full details and registration (free) at

Free Family History Day, April 23, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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A full day of genealogy and family history classes and activities to help you get started and continue on the adventure of finding your ancestors.  We are pleased to announce that there will be ASL interpreters available.  After registering, please contact Charlotte Ker ( to discuss class choices. 4 hands-on labs are being offered.  Please bring your laptop or other device and get ready to “dig-in” and uncover your heritage. Lunch – bring your own or go out to nearby establishments.  If you bring your own you will be carrying it with you so please do not expect a storage or refrigerated area.  A list of eateries in the area will be provided.  Tables will be set up in the cultural hall if you would like to bring something back. Please feel free to bring your own lunch; go grab something and bring it back, or visit a nearby restaurant.   We will also be showing some of the newest sessions from RootsTech 2016 — more information on that coming soon. The FamilyHistory Center will be open for use throughout the conference. We are planning several other activities, so be sure to check back here for more information.

Schedule of classes

8:30am-9:00am: Check-in and onsite registration

9:00am-9:55am: Welcome & Keynote Address

10:00am – 10:55am
Use the Census to Know Your Ancestor  — Brandy Van Tassell
Third Party Software (what it is, why you need it, where to get some) — Bonnie Hutchins
Social Media & Family History — TBA
Guided Research Lab Using — TBA

11:00am – 11:55am
My Story in Pieces — Creative Journaling and Personal History — Peggy Gordon
There’s An App for That — Charlotte Ker
Native American Research — Barbara Kroll
Guided Research Lab Using — Juli Bulliegh

1:05pm – 2:00pm
Billiongraves & Findagrave — Ken and Cynthia Hunt
Researching the Freedmen (Black Indians) — Ron Graham
DNA —  Joseph Ahlander Mission(s) Possible Lab — Mina Jarman

2:05pm – 3:00pm
African American Research — Wennette Pegues
Off Line Adventures (and little known/overlooked resources) — Charlotte Ker
Wrecking Balls for Brick Walls — Robert Gordon
Indexing Lab — Bonnie Hutchins

Source: Family History Day Tickets, Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite