History of the Family History Conference
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Our annual Family History Conference, held each spring, is the largest single-day genealogical event in the Midwest. Originally called our Annual Fair, these conferences have been held since 1970. The Society attendees learn from the presentations of quality speakers and can browse related vendor booths. Here is a history of these events.

No. Date Theme Principal Speaker(s)
1 18 Apr 1970 -- John Insley Coddington
William E. Lind
2 17 Apr 1971 Ho Ho, Come to the Fair Pollyanna Creekmore
3 6 May 1972 Spirit of ‘76 Milton Rubincam
Clifford Neal Smith
4 12 May 1973 Festival of Fun Randall W. Fentress
Henrietta Jesse
5 11 May 1974 Family Trees and Trails Virginia Pope Livingston
Martha Montgomery
6 7 Jun 1975 Spirit of ‘76 Nettie Schreiner-Yantis
Dr. Alexander Niven
7 5 Jun 1976 We the People Dr. Myron Marty
Ellen Nore Nordhauser
8 4 Jun 1977 Westward Expansion Winston DeVille
9 3 Jun 1978 Irish Heritage Donna Hotaling
Bea Ann Moorhouse
10 9 Jun 1979 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Jean Waggener
Larry O. Jensen
11 21 Jun 1980 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Larry O. Jensen
James R. Bentley
12 20 Jun 1981 Ancestral Routes to Missouri David H. Pratt
Norman Edgar Wright
13 19 Jun 1982 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Mary Bondurant Warren
P. William Filby
14 18 Jun 1983 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Robert Young Clay
Larry O. Jensen
15 16 Jun 1984 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Dr. George Schweitzer
Jean S. Morris
16 16 Jun 1985 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Dr. George Schweitzer
Maralyn A. Wellauer
17 7 Jun 1986 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Winston DeVille
Donna Reid Hotaling
18 20 Jun 1987 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Brent Howard Holcomb
Larry O. Jensen
19 18 Jun 1988 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Norman Edgar Wright
Diana Duff
20 17 Jun 1989 Ancestral Routes to Missouri Daniel Schlueter
Arlene Eackle
21 16 Jun 1990 Migration Routes to Missouri Edward J. O’Day
Frederick S. Weiser
22 15 Jun 1991 Migration Routes to Missouri Jo White Linn
Henning Schroeder
23 20 Jun 1992 Migration Routes to Missouri Larry O. Jensen
William H. Schoeffler
24 19 Jun 1993 Migration Routes to Missouri Michael Palmer
Shirley Wilson
25 18 Jun 1994 Migration Routes to Missouri Dr. George Schweitzer
Steven W. Myers
26 17 Jun 1995 Records, Urkunden, Registri Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck
Sharon Debartolo Carmac
27 15 Jun 1996 Bridges to the Past Dr. John Phillip Colletta
28 21 Jun 1997 They Left Footprints Desmond Walls Allen
29 20 Jun 1998 The Times of Their Lives Helen F. M. Leary
-- 1999 No event was held in 1999.  Instead, the Society hosted the FGS National Conference.
30 17 Jun 2000 Armchair Genealogy Curt B. Witcher
Craig R. Scott
31 16 Jun 2001 Tracking Our Ancestors J. Mark Lowe
Roger P. Minert
32 22 Jun 2002 Find Your Place in History Cyndi Howells
Barbara Vines Little
33 5 Apr 2003 Time for New Ideas Elizabeth Shown Mills
34 3 Apr 2004 Sail Into the Past Dr. John Phillip Colletta
35 30 Apr 2005 Migration: Trains Across America Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck
36 8 Apr 2006 Coming Home Rich Sayre
Pam Porter
37 14 Apr 2007 A Field Guide to Successful Genealogy Ann Fleming
Craig R. Scott
38 12 Apr 2008 Growing Your Family Tree Paula Stuart-Warren
39 2 May 2009 Gateway to Your Family History David Rencher
40 15 May 2010 Gems of Genealogical Wisdom J. Mark Lowe
41 30 April 2011 Family History in the 21st Century Barbara Renick
42 28 April 2012 Methods for Cultivating Our Family Trees Dr. Thomas Jones
43 20 April 2013 Research, Records, and Repositories Claire Bettag
 

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