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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release October 4, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI, Iowa Genealogical Society present Fall 2010 Conference this week

(DES MOINES) – Genealogy will be the focus of a two-day conference this week at the State Historical Building and the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines.

The Iowa Genealogical Society will host its Fall 2010 Conference Friday and Saturday Oct. 8-9, 2010. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. Workshops during the conference will take place at the State Historical Building, 600 E. Locust Street, and at the IGS Library, 628 E. Grand Avenue, in Des Moines.

This year’s conference features special guest Gail Blankenau of Lincoln, Neb., who is an experienced genealogist and photo historian. She has shared her research and advice in several well-known periodicals, including the “New England Historical & Genealogical Register,” “Everton’s Genealogical Helper” and “Family Chronicle” magazine.

In addition, Steve Burton of FamilySearch International will discuss the organization’s tools and services that help genealogists capture, preserve and provide access to records. FamilySearch International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and access of genealogically significant records worldwide.

SHSI staff members Sharon Avery, Jeffrey Dawson, Susan Jellinger, Delpha Musgrave and Becki Plunkett are included among the presenters. Presentation topics during the two-day conference include:

  • Dating and Identifying Your 19th Century Photographs
  • Rich Resources for Poor Ancestors
  • Keeping Up With the Joneses…and Smiths
  • Research Resources Available at the State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Land Records

One- or two-day conference packages available. For registration fees and more information, visit www.iowagenealogy.org.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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