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Friday, October 20, 2017

My Last Conference (for a while)
As I write this post, I am in Mesa, Arizona to attend and present at the Mesa FamilySearch Library's Annual Family History Conference. My wife and I will both be participating in this conference and during one hour of the conference, we will both be teaching at the same time. We enjoy coming down to Mesa from our relatively new home in Provo, Utah to attend the conference and renew old friendships. In years past, I have taught every hour of the conference, but this year, I will have a couple of breaks in between classes to answer questions and talk to my friends.

In a larger sense, this particular conference marks a turning point in our participation in the genealogical community. This will be the last scheduled conference we will attend before leaving to go on a full-time, one year, mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We will be serving as record preservation specialists in the Washington, D.C. North Mission. We are presently assigned to work at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, Maryland.

We are looking forward to this opportunity to do some of the "real" work of genealogy, the preservation of records.

Many of my friends and associates have asked about my continued participation in the international genealogical community particularly whether or not I will keep writing my blogs. Right now, that is an unanswered question. We will have to wait and see the extent of our involvement and responsibilities during the coming year. But, I will still keep writing and probably taking photographs. Whether that includes the time to post those online: we will have to wait and see. But I doubt that we will be attending any conferences during the coming year although we may get the opportunity to teach some classes and do some other presentations.

We plan to be back after a year.


  1. My wife and I returned from a records preservation mission at the same place about 3 years ago. We LOVED working at the Annapolis facility - friendly and helpful people, wonderful environment. We wish you both well! (Please try to continue some kind of a reduced pace with your blogs !)

    1. Thanks, we are looking forward to being there.

    2. You will be busy. In our small town we will have missionaries here in February, planing to be here at least 6 months. The inventorying has been done. Also this summer a gentleman came from Sweden and digitized all the area early Swedish church records. A fun thing that happened was a person had requested research done, which was the local area information available. But with the person from Sweden here at the time, he did extensive research in Sweden for the patron, which was a huge surprise for the patron. Take time to explore some of America's history while you are back east.

  2. That should be very exciting for you, James. Enjoy the year! You don't have to be genealogy conference-free for the year. There are some good ones on the East Coast that you may choose to attend.