1. It's affordable.
Compared to other national genealogy conferences, a Family History Expos event is a deal. On top of that, their locations are usually in smaller cities (like Mesa instead of Phoenix) meaning hotel costs are less as well.
2. It's fun.
I've never been to a bad genealogy conference, but some are funner than others. It was nice to attend a banquet where we were encouraged to let our hair down. I also felt like the Expo staff were genuinely happy to have me as an attendee, and they thanked me again and again for being part of their event.
3. The speakers are accessible.
At one major conference I attended last year, the large rooms and overall design of the conference didn't make for easy (or any) interaction with speakers. They had a role, they spoke, and then they went to dinner with other speakers. At the Arizona Family History Expo, the speakers were fellow attendees, they were vendors, they were bloggers, and they were easy to approach. I had dinner with some speakers. They were my friends. We extended the discussion of genealogy topics outside the sessions, and that's my favorite way to exchange information.
4. You'll get your tech fix.
The Family History Expos staff encourage the integration of technology and genealogy. That's the reason I was able to blog, use Twitter, and bring the conference to those who could not attend. The Expos event also held classes to help genealogists learn how to use online tools. You should have seen the attendees at Thomas MacEntee's Twitter and blogging sessions. They really wanted to understand these tools. The demand for tech classes is there and the Expos staff are making sure the need is met. I can't say that for all of the large genealogy conferences I've attended in the past year.
5. You'll always learn something new.
The Family History Expos staff are very generous in that they are always interested in giving new speakers a chance. This allows for many varied topics and subjects you may not find at other conferences. The field of genealogy is evolving, and the Expos staff seem to be responding to the change faster than planners of other conferences.
Though the Family History Expo staff provided me with a little swag, the opinions above are my own; simply observations of a serial genealogy conference attendee. In the past year, I went to the conferences of the National Genealogy Society, the Southern California Genealogy Society (Jamboree), the Association of Professional Genealogists (day conference), the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference and this Arizona Family History Expo. My opinions of the Expo are based on my experiences at these events.
The Family History Expos are all over the country now. Check out their schedule and see if there is one near you.
Now I just need to build up some babysitting credits so I can attend another Expo.