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Win Two Tickets to California Family History Expo

California Family History Expo

GeneaBloggers is giving away two tickets good for full admission to the upcoming California Family History Expo in Pleasanton, California on October 8-9, 2010.

To win, simply use the Comments section of this post and tell us how attending a Family History Expo would help you with your genealogy research.  Let us know what sessions or presenters interest you the most (view the program in PDF here) and how you would use the knowledge learned to further your family history activities!

How To Participate In This Contest

  • Between Tuesday, September 21, 2010 and 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time (GST -6) Friday, September 24, 2010, leave a comment on this post as to how you would use your experience at a Family History Expo to improve your genealogy experience.
  • Commenters must leave a valid e-mail address so they can be contacted in case they are the winner.
  • You do not need to be a member of GeneaBloggers or even have a genealogy blog to participate – this contest is open to all.
  • Contestants are expected to be in the Pleasanton, California area on October 8 and 9, 2010 in order to attend the expo. The prize is for two full admissions only and does not include accommodations or travel expenses.
  • The winner will be drawn at random from the eligible comments on Saturday, September 25, 2010.  The winner will be contacted via email.  Once contact is confirmed, arrangements will be made for the winner to register and pick-up the admission tickets beginning at 7am on October 8, 2010 at the expo.

Contest Rules


  • TERM: The California Family History Expo 2010 Contest (“Contest”) will run from Tuesday, September 21, 2010 through 11:59 pm Friday, September 24, 2010, Central Daylight Time (GMT -6).
  • PRIZE: Two full admission tickets to the California Family History Expo 2010 in Pleasanton, California to be held October 8-9, 2010. Value = $75 US for each ticket.  Total value = $150 US.
  • ODDS OF WINNING: Odds of winning will be determined by the number of entries received.  One winner will be drawn at random.
  • DISCLAIMER: GeneaBloggers is not responsible for errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects in part or whole, delays in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for any technical or non-technical network, telephonic, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate or partial transmission of or failure to receive entry information by GeneaBloggers on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, at any web site or any combination thereof. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any materials in the Contest.
  • DISQUALIFICATION: Your entry will be disqualified if a) your comment does not answer the question “How would you attending a Family History Expo help you with your genealogy research?“; b) you do not leave a valid e-mail address in the comment; and/or c) you do not include a valid e-mail address for contact purposes.
  • SELECTION OF WINNERS: Winners will be selected in an electronically randomized manner on Saturday, September 25, 2010, for the Contest. The winner will be notified on the day of the drawing, and will have 96 hours to contact GeneaBloggers regarding their prize. Return of any prize or prize notification as “undeliverable” will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected.
  • NOTIFICATION: The prizewinner will be notified by e-mail sent to the e-mail address used in their comment to this post.  GeneaBloggers is under no obligation to notify winner by any means other than e-mail. GeneaBloggers is not responsible for notifications that are misdirected or not received because of e-mail addresses or mailing addresses that are no longer correct. If a potential winner cannot be reached after a reasonable effort has been made during three business days from the first notification attempt, such person may be disqualified, with an alternate winner selected. Any prize notification or prize returned as undeliverable will result in the awarding of that prize to an alternate winner.
  • REDEMPTION: GeneaBloggers will deliver the prize as follows:  Once a prize winner responds to the notification from GeneaBloggers, arrangements will be made for the winner to register for the California Family History Expo in Pleasanton, California on October 8 & 9, 2010 and to pick up the tickets after 7am on Friday, October 8, 2010 at the expo.
  • CONDITIONS: By participating in the Contest, you agree to release and hold GeneaBloggers and Thomas MacEntee, and all prize suppliers harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or any product purchased, or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injuries, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy, whether suffered by you or a third party. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of GeneaBloggers and waive any right to claim ambiguity in the Contest or these Contest Rules. All decisions regarding the Contest, including, but not limited to, selecting winners, will be made by GeneaBloggers, whose decisions shall be final. Winners are individually responsible for all applicable taxes.

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24 thoughts on “Win Two Tickets to California Family History Expo

  1. Attending this conference would help me use many of the on-line resources (Ancestry, FamilySearch, Footnote, social networking, etc) to their fullest. I would also enjoy attending Arlene Eakle’s presentations.

  2. I was hired as part of the FamilySearch Historical Records Wiki team as an intern. My job description is to recruit volunteers to help expand the wiki so that genealogists (and novices alike) will have access to much broader information than what is currently in the FamilySearch Collections. We specialize in going in-depth, creating the “story” behind the collections which is the part that some are really drawn in by. Before I saw this contest, I noticed that many of the classes in this conference are on social media, which is a big part of my job description. Unfortunately, I know very little about how to get people fired up about genealogy on social media- which is what I was hired to do! =) I would LOVE to attend this conference so that I can bring the knowledge about genealogy and social media back to the FamilySearch folks here in Salt Lake City. The knowledge gained will have a positive effect on everyone- worldwide- who uses & the wiki. It could be a great bonus for genealogists everywhere!

  3. I expect that attending the conference will help me to be able to break down severl brick walls that I have.

  4. My state only has one certified genealogist. I hope to become number 2. However, I need to attend conferences and classes in order to improve my skills This will help me meet that goal. Additionally, I’m hoping to acquire skills that will help me in solving problems in my personal genealogical research. I also have a future goal of teaching an intermediate level genealogy class at my local vo-tech. The more education I have, the better I will be able to teach and lead my prospective students.

  5. I have for 40 Years been Traceing my Indian roots-From Canada to California. Not alot of progress. Need HELP.

  6. My daughter & sister are much more actively researching our family history. I would like to become more knowledgeable and active in the pursuit. This would be a big help.

  7. I want to go the FHE in California so that I can network with other genealogists and gain ideas on my brick wall: George Rogers and his *possible* parents, William Rogers and Rebecca. I want to for sure break down this brick wall and I don’t think I can do that with out talking to the experts!

  8. Would love to attend and learn more through the speakers. Networking and meeting other amateur and professional genealogists and bloggers would be a definite plus!

  9. I’d love to attend the lectures on German genealogy without knowning German. Attending the expo would also give me a chance to talk to some of the other genealogy societies like SCGS, perhaps even get a discount on membership to their societies or other online databases. I’m also hoping to play with some of the Mac genealogy programs to decide which one to purchase. Finally, I’m hoping to glean enough to figure out more of my maternal side, as my tree is horribly lopsided. I’d rather spend money on products and services there than getting in (small budget) so I’d love to get free tix!

  10. My primary reason for wanting to attend the Family History Expo in Pleasanton is to meet up with other genealogists. That said, I’m planning a research trip to a major repository soon and I need to get my head back into research mode! Attending the Expo should help with that as they have more than a few sessions that I’d like to attend.

  11. I guess if the contest winner is picked at random, it doesn’t help to say this, but I really hope I win the free tickets to the Expo!!

    I am very active in my family genealogy, and also help other relatives and friends research their family histories as well!

    For me personally, there are several class sessions on the Expo agenda which would really help my genaelogy research. Oh, how I could use some tips from Nancy Loe in the session “Organize Your Genealogical Research!” Over time it has become quite a challenge to keep my growing records in order! Also, I love my new Apple computer, so I would love to attend Warren White’s “Reunion for Mac” class, since I know nothing about that program and looks like it is something I would enjoy. I would also like to attend Bruce Buzbee’s “What’s New in Roots Magic 4” session, because I have never used Roots Magic and want to learn about it. Then of course I would love to attend Tamra Stansfield’s German ancestor sessions, because I have really been stumped for a long time on reseraching my Dad’s side, where the family is Jewish, and came to America from Germany in the 1800’s, but at that point I have not leads! For that same line, I would like to sign up for one of the free consultations to speak with a professional geologist at the Expo, maybe they can help me!

    One last thing, I have just received a new calling at my church where I will be teaching a class on family history research, so I know the opportunity of attending this Expo would benefit others besides myslef. The more I learn, the more I can share the knowledge with others.

    Thank you! 🙂

  12. I have just begun doing genealogy professionally and this Expo would be a great chance for me to network. I’m interested in the workshops on resources like immigration tools and and records, but also “Think Like an Archivist,” since my previous career is as an archivist! (In fact, I worked at an archive just a few miles from Pleasanton.)

  13. The choices of presenters at his year’s Expo are outstanding and I would attend those that would be assisting in my own family research like the ‘County Websites’ and ‘Websites You Might Be Missing’ and ‘Ask-the-Pros’.
    Next, as a presenter myself for my local Society and Senior Center to help others to get started and record their own families with classes of ‘Family Search 2010 and Beyond’ and ‘Social Networking’ to help the beginners.
    The every quick changing technology in genealogy makes seminars an important part as I continue with my family research works.

  14. Because doing my genealogy is the only thing that keeps me sane except for my dogs. What fun it would be to hang out with others!

  15. Using State and Territorial Censuses & Substitutes of
    the Western States (All Levels) may help me identify more of my California roots. My parents and grandparents settled in the Pleasanton-Dublin area and the other program on land records might help me greatly. My Portuguese and Irish roots go deep in this area. My email is Also the section on finding living relatives in the area could be very helpful. Thank You Patricia Anselmo Nostrome. I think many of the sessions could help.

  16. I have been trying to find info on my paternal grandparents for over 40 years. I can not even find the first name for my great grandfather, nor the true maiden name of my great grandmother. I now subscribe to & attended one genealogy seminar to try to learn more about where else I might search for records. I would love to attend this family expo so that I might learn the techniques for more efficient research, & perhaps finally breakthrough the blockwall hiding my family history.

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