Thursday, January 27, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 2

I started my initial review of the Arizona Family History Expo, that occurred last weekend in Mesa Arizona, two days ago and realized that all wouldn't fit in one blog post. I just had too much fun....

So after the Keynote address with Lisa Louise Cook, my daughter and I went to set up with the other Bloggers in the Exhibition Hall, in the area aptly referred to as "the BlogHouse." We arrived other then the other Bloggers of Honor, so we commandeered another nearby table, which I referred to as the auxiliary "Bloghouse." I have to admit I was having issues with my laptop, so it took me longer to log in. I needn't have worried. My fellow Bloggers of Honor were having issues logging into the Mesa WiFi system. After a few minutes and a timely rescue by Grant, the Wonder tech, we were all blogging and twitting.

And then I saw it. I saw the FlipPalbooth!!!! In my defense, I actually considered being a good girl and waiting until my tax refund came in at the end of the month before ordering the Flip Pal online. That consideration lasted all of about 30 seconds before I abandoned my poor daughter to race over to the Flip Pal booth and bought my new Genealogy "BLING." Five minutes later, and $170 poorer, I was giggling like a school girl.

Thankfully, while I was off spending money, Mary Bowden, from Me and My ancestors came over and sat down with my daughter and ohhh'd and ahhh'd over my new toy. If you have the opportunity to visit Mary's Blog, please do so. She's a warm, intelligent, personable person and she has a fantastic blog. She also has (much to my camera shy Daughter's chagrin and my amusement) a picture of me and my daughter in the background during the Expo. Fantastic!!!!! Thanks Mary! You are awesome!

Monday, January 24, 2011

...visiting Tombstone Tuesday, William Dewey and Dariel Hadsell.

William Dewey "Bill" Hadsell,Sr. (My Dad's Paternal Grandfather)
Birth: Nov. 21, 1898 Ohio, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1989 Santa Maria, California, USA

Dariel Antonia Orella Hadsell
Birth: Mar. 10, 1900 Santa Barbara County California, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1961 Santa Barbara County California, USA

Sunday, January 23, 2011

..and wooping it up at the Arizona Family History Expo, Part 1

So for those of you not playing the home game...and who haven't been laughing at me when I act like a goofball for the past three months....this weekend was the Family History Expo in Mesa, Arizona. This was the second year that I was able to go, and the first year I was invited to be a Blogger of Honor.

If you have even a minor interest in researching your family history or wanting to indulge in a genealogical obsession AND you are presented with a chance to attend any of the Family History Expos, go. Seriously, just go. You won't regret it. You will meet a variety of Genea-folk out there from the beginners with a passing interest to die-hards who have been to every event in the past several years.

This year I took my 23 year old daughter to the Expo, as my hubby was not able to make the trip. We rented a car on Thursday and woke up at 4 am to drive up from Tucson to Mesa. We arrived in time to listen to the Keynote address by Lisa Cooke...really enjoyed the address. I stayed behind a bit to introduce myself to Holly Hanson....

From there it was time to make my way to the Exhibition hall to the "Bloghouse"...but more on that tomorrow. Stay tuned for another post on my experience at the Family History Expo!!!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

....and starting the New Year on a high note

I am having a great year, even it's only two days into the new year. I got promoted at my "Day" job, I got up this morning and spent the morning with the hubby going to the antique fair...then took a long nap. My 40th birthday is on the 12th, and I'm going to MEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSAAAA on the 20th and 21st!!!!

Can you tell I'm excited? AND...and..and...

Amy over at We Tree has yet another 52 week series of Blog Prompts called 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History hosted by Thomas over at

Amy, if I haven't told you lately, you are a genea-goddess! I will post each week...that is my goal for the year.

Happy New Year folks!!!!