The Idaho Genealogical Society
The Utah Genealogical Association's
Combined Fall Conference 
Saturday, October 11
Idaho State University
Student Union Building,
Pocatello, Idaho
Our keynote speaker, Susan Hawkes, will kick off the conference followed by two, one-hour class sessions with multiple class choices per session. Lunch with a panel on the special collections of regional universities will conclude the morning meeting.  
Next is an additional two, one-hour class sessions with multiple class choices per session, concluding with an IGS membership meeting at the end of the afternoon.
Registration is closed online, but you may still register in person



Pond Student Union Building Info


Parking at the Idaho State University Student Union Building.  

The big parking lot on the ground floor - off 8th Avenue - is available for parking with the following exceptions: 


Meters - you can park at a meter if you want to pay

Do not use spaces marked “Housing” or “Reserved” 


All other spaces are available and not ticketed on the weekends.

The elevator is available from the main entrance - go down the hall toward the Bookstore and make a left at the elevator.  

The elevator will take you to the SUB area - you will have to cross the

foyer area and go through the restaurant area to reach the ballroom.

See you Saturday! Registration opens at 8 am near the Ballroom.


Keynote, Schedule

Susan B. Hawkes
“What the 42nd parallel meant to the settlers of Utah/Idaho in 1863.”
The Franklin Fort may well be called the “mother of the settlements” to the north and the protector of the settlements to the south. This unity of Cache Valley settlements was disrupted by the Federal Survey Boundary of 1872 and changed the life of these early pioneers.
BIO: Susan B. Hawkes was born and raised in northern Utah. She is a historical researcher, educator, coordinator, and enjoys working in public relations. Her educational background is in Business Management. Susan is the Site Coordinator for the Idaho State Historical Society at the Franklin Historical Site, in Franklin which was the first Idaho/Mormon settlement in the State of Idaho. She is the co-author of several historical fiction novels as well as other historical publications, and also conducts classes in family history.
Her community service includes serving as a member of the Idaho Pioneer Association and works with the Utah/Idaho Pioneer Byway Committee, Bear Heritage Area, Idaho Heritage trust, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to promote the historical value of northern Utah and Southern Idaho.
Networking throughout the United States with many different family organizations to provide more research and historical information on the settlement of the area and in partnership with many donors, Susan has been able to collect over 250 histories on the settlers of southeastern Idaho and northern Utah.
Keynote Speaker
Daughters of the American Revolution Has a Place For You.
Linda Gardner and Susan Harris
It’s About Time
Ginny Ackerson
Digital Images for Genealogists and Technologists - Restore, Organize, Preserve and Share
Geoff Rasmussen
Cemetery Research Online or in Person
Jason Mendenhall
The Revolving Revolution of DNA
Juvanne Martin
Youth and Family History: Fruitless Effort or Limitless Possibilities?
Michael Melendez
Your Head in the Cloud and Your Feet on the Ground
Bret Petersen
Native American Genealogy
Karri Deschine
Pick up lunch
Lunch and panel -  Special Collections Librarians from ISU, USU, BYU-Idaho and BSU.
All Aboard!! How to Find Your Railroader in North America
Ginny Ackerson
The Greatest Gift:  Family Stories & Genealogy on Video
Robert Mallory
The Idaho State Archives: What’s in It for You?
Steve Barrett
Finding Your Family’s Connection to the Franklin Relic Hall
Susan B. Hawkes
The Darker Side of Family History
Laurie Francis
Summary of the Family History Consultants Duties
John Faddis
Scaling Brick Walls # 17: Using Federal, State, and Local Land Records to Solve Persistent Family Mysteries
Steve Barrett
Making the Most of Your Mobile Devices
Bret Petersen
Vendor drawing
Idaho Genealogical Society Meeting


An electronic download link will be emailed to registrants a few days before the conference and a link made available on the check-in materials.
An OPTIONAL printed syllabus can be purchased with your registration for $10 and picked up at check-in.


Pre-Purchase with online registration - $10.00
Box Sandwich Lunch - with Water, Cookie, Fruit, Chips and choice of (at time of order)
Ham, Roast Beef, Turkey or Veggie Sandwich

Hotel Reservations

Hotels Offering Conference Rate
Closest to Idaho State University:
Marriott Towne Place Suites - 208-478-7000
Via Caporetti Drive, Interstate 15, Exit 69
$94.00 + tax, rate code GEOA or ask for the genealogy conference rate.
This rate is good until September 15th. After that, the rate is based on availability. 
Hampton Inn - 208-233-8200   -  reserve before September 1, 2014
151 Vista Drive, Interstate 15, Exit 69
2 Queen/ 1 King $104.00; suites are $129 - ask for the genealogy conference/ISU rate.
Short drive to Idaho State University:
Ameritel Inn – 208-234-7500
1440 Bench Road
Ask for “GOV Rate” for ISU Genealogy Conference - $83

Registration Cancellation Policy

For cancellations: full refunds, less a $5 administration fee, will be given through Oct 1, 2014. After Oct 1, 2014, registrants will be emailed a link to download the syllabus, but no refund of tuition. Please email with questions.