"Our Loose Ends" Genealogy Column
by Lynna Kay Shuffield
Houston, Texas

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Printed in the Taylor Daily Press & Thorndale Champion
16 September 2004

FGS Conference

Last Saturday (Sept. 11th), I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) National Conference in Austin. I had planned to attend all of the several day events but, due to family obligations, I was only able spare Saturday to attend the event.

So, I set my priority to visiting the vendor area. And that took all-day Saturday! Wow! Another WOW!

There were over 300 booths with every national genealogical vendor were represented, including, Ancestry.com, Heritage / ProQuest, LDS Library in Salt Lake City, book dealers, computer software vendors, major libraries from across the United States, National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Speakers Guild, International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), Board for Certification of Genealogists, and many more!

I walked all of the isles looking for new material. I did notice a slight decline in new books. There were of course the standard reference books, guides, how to do, etc., but there were not many new local or regional indexes or resource books. However, it could have been the vendors focused mainly on generic vs. specialized materials.

Attending the event was well worth the time and effort. The vendor area had many items of interest. I was able to meet with Bruce Buzbee of RootsMagic genealogy software < http://www.rootsmagic.com/ > and several others vendors.

My Ancestors Research Assistance

One of the most interesting vendors I met during the day was Holly Hansen of Morgan, Utah. She and her partner, Jenni Johnson, offer professional assistance to family researchers. They provide a friendly, personal service to help you with your brickwalls or other research project where you need suggestions or ideas of where or how to proceed with your research.

You simply complete a query form on their website < http://www.myancestorsfound.com/ > and they assign it to a professional who has expertise with the particular geographic area or subject. (If you not able to get on the Internet, write for a form at the address provided below.)

As a reader of this column, the initial $30.00 consultation fee will be waived for one query by using the promotional code OLESEP04 when filling out the query form at the above URL. When you go to the website, click on "Affordable Email Consultation" and then select "Click here" in the top paragraph related to Free Conference Consultation / Promotion Code.

The deadline to take advantage of this one-time special offer is Friday, Oct. 8th. Please feel free to share a copy of this article about this unique free research offer with your friends, family, genealogy society members or anyone you think would be interested.

It works like this: As soon as you contact My Ancestors Research Assistance for a consultation, they will assign an experienced researcher to be your very own consultant.

These consultations are designed to give you suggestions on where to go next with your research. Once you receive the suggestions, you can decide to do the work yourself or request our professional assistance with the research for a fee. The researchers are highly experienced and love family history work.

Holly and Jenni are able to call upon the services of two outstanding teams of genealogy researchers to help you:

Family History Library Researchers - These researchers can visit the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, which maintains the world's largest collection of genealogical records.

Worldwide Researchers - They have a team of researchers in many countries throughout the world that have an extensive knowledge of, and easy access to, an enormous amount of original records.

The normal e-mail consultation fees start at $30.00. If you decide to purchase their professional research, they will quote the price before the work is done. They will never proceed with any work until they have quoted the fee, explained the terms of the research and received authorization to proceed. They guarantee not to exceed the quoted fee.

They offer free genealogy forms on their website that you can print-off.

Lastly, My Ancestor host research trips to the LDS Library in Salt Lake City that include, hotel, round-trip shuttle to the airport and professional research assistants to help with you with your research at the library.

For more information, contact: My Ancestors at P. O. Box 187, Morgan, UT 84050.

In this column, I will be glad to highlight and review any family history, genealogy, county history, or similar book, free of charge, if you donate a copy of the book or item. After it has been highlighted and reviewed, on a space available basis, it will be donated to the genealogy section of a library. You will receive an acknowledgment of the donation from the library. Mail item or book to me at the below address.

Lynna Kay Shuffield has written several books related to Texas genealogy and military history. She has spoken before numerous genealogy and veterans groups. Also, is a County Coordinator for the Texas GenWeb Project. Regretfully, she cannot help with individual genealogical research. Please visit the website for this column at: http://www.geocities.com/lks_friday/COLUMN-001.htm or if you have any questions, comments, suggestions for column topics, genealogy or historical society announcements, please contact her at: P. O. Box 16604, Houston, Texas 77222-6604 or e-mail: lksfriday@sbcglobal.net

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