Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FAQs for Family History Day

The State Archives staff and the organizing committee for Family History Day receive many questions about what to expect on the day of the event.  Below is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
  1. Will the speakers have handouts?  Yes. Family History Day speakers have submitted handouts to accompany their presentations.  These handouts will be available  before classes begin at 9am. 
  2. I cannot attend Family History Day.  Can I still get a copy of the handouts?  Every effort will be made to make the handouts available on this blog, with the speaker's permission.
  3. How will I know if there are any changes to the class schedule posted on this blog?  The class schedule will be handed out before classes begin at 9am.  This version will reflect any last minute changes.
  4. Can I bring my beverage and food to the 4th floor of the State Archives?  No.  All beverages and food must be consumed on the first floor of the State Archives or outside.  Beverages include water, coffee, tea, soda pop, etc.  Food includes candy.  A drinking fountain is located on the 4th floor of the State Archives.
  5. Where can I get something to eat or drink?  A coffee cart is expected to be available in the lobby of the State Archives from 7am-9am.  For lunch, La Bou Bakery and Cafe will be open especially for Family History Day attendees.  We encourage you to patronize them.  Located at 11th and "O" Streets, La Bou will be open from 9am to 2pm on Saturday.  They serve pastries, sandwiches, soups and beverages.  There is indoor and outdoor seating available.  There are tables and chairs in the lobby of the State Archives where you can eat your La Bou lunch or bring a brown bag lunch instead.  Remember that no food or beverages can go beyond the first floor of the State Archives. 
  6. Will any materials be available for purchase?  Yes.  Some exhibitors may have books or indexes available for purchase.
  7. Do I need to register for Family History Day?  No.  There is no registration required or an admission fee.  Bring your note-taking supplies and enjoy the day.
  8. Can I bring information I have about an ancestor?  Definitely.  It may be helpful to refer to when you talk to the exhibitors and the speakers.  Some exhibitors will have laptops for internet lookups.
  9. Will The California Museum be open on the 15th?  Yes.  Admission to The California Museum will be free to the public on October 15th.  The museum is located on the first floor of the State Archives building.  The museum gift store will be open also.  Both will open at 10am. 
Hopefully these FAQs and answers will help make your Family History Day enjoyable.  If you have a question not listed here, please drop us an email.

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