Mesa Family History Expo 2008 in 4 days

Monday, 10 Nov 2008 | by Mark Tucker

This is an exciting week for family historians and genealogists in the Phoenix area as the 1st annual Mesa Arizona Family History Expo will start this Friday, November 14th.  As a resident of Phoenix, I’ve thought for a long time that Arizona would be a great place to hold a family history conference (especially in the fall and winter months) and I am happy to see that one is coming.  If all goes well this year, then we can look forward to the sponsors, Family History, returning again for many years to come.

On Friday and Saturday I will be attending classes and visiting the booths in the exhibit hall.  On Saturday at 2:30pm in the Palo Verde II room, I will be presenting:

Navigating Research with the Genealogical Proof Standard
(Beginner – Experienced) This class discusses the Genealogical Proof Standard and walks the student through the process by way of a visualization called the Genealogy Research Process map. Each step is explored through case study and uses traditional and online resources.

I hope that you can make it to the presentation.  If any blog readers are attending the conference and you happen to see me, then come say “hello.”

Until then, I will be counting down the days.


  1. Mark,

    You are going to do great with your presentation. You won’t need it, but I am saying it anyway – Good Luck!

    Sheri Fenley

    ps. Group D will be expecting a full report

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 10 Nov 2008 @ 11:56 pm

  2. Mark,
    I attended your presentation on Saturday in Mesa, AZ “Navigating Research With the GPS”. It was outstanding! I drove 5 1/ 2 hours from California to attend. As a new genealogist my goal was to learn how to do the work. It all came together as a result of your presentation. It was not only very informative but presented with clarity and a spirit that allowed me, a student, to understand. I thank you for your effort and ability to teach with such power. I have a question: Are the forms shown in your presentation (Research Plan and Research Log and others) available? If so, would you direct me how to receive them. Thank you, Mick Altmyer, Yucaipa, CA.

    Comment by Mick Altmyer — 16 Nov 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  3. Mick,

    I am pleased that you found the presentation so helpful. I have not yet posted sample forms for the Research Plan, Research Log or Research Analysis forms. I hope to do so soon, but it might take a few weeks.

    Thanks for the feedback.


    Comment by Mark Tucker — 16 Nov 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  4. Mark,

    Thank you for presenting at our Mesa Family History Expo! Every attendee evaluation card marked was EXCELLENT!!

    Your class was a smashing success and I am pleased to let everyone know that you will be presenting it again in St. George, Utah!

    Congratulations on a wonderful presentation and a wonder response.


    Comment by Holly Hansen — 17 Nov 2008 @ 9:36 am

  5. Mark,

    Hi! I was one of the trio of Tucson gals at your presentation, we loved ya! I would also like to see an example of your forms. I’ll keep checking back with your site.

    Comment by Amy Urman — 20 Nov 2008 @ 2:30 pm

  6. Tag, you’re it! read the rules:

    Comment by Sheri Fenley — 24 Nov 2008 @ 1:10 pm

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