Federation Of Genealogical Societies Announces 2015 Conference

FGS and RootsTech Events To Be Held In Tandem 
February 12-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City

22 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today that its 2015 National Conference will be held February 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch. RootsTech is held each February in Salt Lake City and helps thousands of attendees from around the world discover and share family connections, stories, and history.

With the Salt Palace Convention Center as the common venue, both FamilySearch and FGS are committed to producing a one-of-a-kind genealogy event addressing the educational needs of the family history, technology and genealogical society communities. As the logistics of this sizeable event are still being worked out, both FGS and FamilySearch will work together to share resources and provide cost benefits for all parties, including attendees and exhibitors. Attendees can expect to see familiar elements of previous FGS and RootsTech events including keynote presentations, a Society Showcase and Expo Hall.

Registration for both events will begin in August 2014, six months prior to the February 2015 dates. FGS will also hold a smaller national event for its members in late 2015, with details to be announced at a later date.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “FamilySearch has been a valued partner and sponsor for FGS during its past conferences. It only makes sense for both organizations to work together and produce what will be the most talked about genealogy events of 2015.” Taylor added that such an event brings the best of RootsTech and FGS conferences together under one roof and will offer genealogists and family historians a wide array of activities and educational opportunities.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

 
 
FGS ANNOUNCES NEW MOBILE APP

Provides Access to FGS Services and FGS 2013 Conference App

August 20, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces its new mobile application available for FREE for iOS and Android devices. A major feature is the FGS 2013 Conference app for the upcoming FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.

With the updated FGS App, resources and services such as FGS FORUM, Voice and Society Hall are now available to a wider audience. The FGS App is the perfect way to stay current with all the events and offerings at FGS. Whether you want to read news at the Voice, look up fellow FGS members in Society Hall or learn about the Preserve the Pensions project, the FGS App allows you to do all of that in one program.

According to D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, “FGS is proud to release our mobile app for year-round use. With links to FORUM, Society Hall, RPAC, and current conference activities the app will easily become the first stop for the modern-genealogist in learning about FGS and our member societies.”

Accessing the FGS App

The best way to access the correct version of the FGS App for your device is to scan the QR code below. Currently the FGS App is only available forAndroid devices in the Google Play store at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fgs.fgsapp. Availability for the iOs version is anticipated no later than Thursday, August 22, 2013. Follow FGS on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.

iPhoneiPadWindows 7 and Blackberry users can access the FGS App content through their mobile browser viahttps://www.fgsconference.org/app/.



About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

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Contact:       Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350
[email protected]

 
 
The Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) is accepting lecture proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference. The three-day conference will be held in Gainesville, Florida on 28 - 30 March 2014. The deadline for proposals is 27 September 2013. Interested individuals should submit proposals and questions to the FSGS Conference Chair, Douglas Dunks, 1016 Thomas Dr. #109, Panama City Beach, FL 32407; e-mail:[email protected]
 
 

Press Release received 7 Aug 2013: 

FGS 2013 Online Registration Ends in One Week
If you haven’t registered for the FGS 2013 Conference yet, you still have time to register online, by mail or at the door. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Friday, August 9. Online registration ends on Wednesday, August 14th. Pre-registering for the conference gives you access to some great benefits. 

And don't forget, if you have already registered for the conference, you still have time to get your tickets to the conference "extras." 

Only attendees who preregister for the conference can: 
  • Access the conference syllabus online prior to the conference.
  • Guarantee a spot in the "extra" conference events (on-site tickets may be available to events if they have not sold out):
    • 10 luncheons over the 4 conference days. 
    • 5 workshops over 3 days. There is still room in the Researching African Americans in University Libraries workshop. We have also added extra spaces and still have a few seats left Researching Midwestern American Indians and Using Griffith’s Valuation to Identify Your Ancestors' Origins. The other workshops are sold out. 
    • FGS Opening Social on Wednesday, August 21 
    • Friday Night at ACPL on August 23 with all proceeds going to the Preserve the Pensions Fund! 
    • Sunday Farewell Brunch with lots of door prizes.
  • Register for a FREE genealogy consultation on Tuesday, August 20. You must sign up for a consultation in advance. See https://www.fgsconference.org/activities/ for details.


You can also purchase extra tickets (except for workshops) for your non-genealogy spouses or friends who traveled with you to the conference. 

Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/registration/ to register or add "extras" today. We hope to see you in Fort Wayne, August 21-24.
 
 
A while back, Conference Keeper introduced the Speaker's Directory


I've been working hard to accumulate information from genealogical speaker's around the United States to compile a list of available speakers, topics, and other pertinent information. You can now access that collection under the Speaker's Directory tab on the menu. 


The Directory is entirely free, and my hope is that workshop, conference and seminar planners will utilize this new resource to plan their next event. If you are a speaker and would like to be listed, please email me with the following information: 


Your Name
Primary Location
Will you travel (yes or no)
Preferred Contact Information (Phone or Email)
Website Link
Five Presentation Topics


All speaker's will be listed in three ways: by last name, by geographical location and by topic. This allows for the best possible exposure for the speaker and makes it easier for planners to find someone that will fit their needs. Are you looking for a speaker on a specific topic, or someone close to your organization? 


You can find it all in the CK Speaker's Directory! 
 
 

First episode of the new season to feature Kelly Clarkson

Facebook, G+ and Twitter have been buzzing about the first episode of the new season of "Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC for weeks, and the day has finally come. 

Tonight the first episode will air at 8pm Central on the TLC network. Featuring Kelly Clarkson, country music star, the episode has been available for about a week via iTunes and Amazon.com. 

Those of us at Conference Keeper and The In-Depth Genealogist have paired up again to bring a very special #genchat to the Twitter stream during the airing of the show (based on the central time zone). We'll be casually chatting with our special co-host The NextGen Genealogy Network as we watch, react and enjoy seeing the story unfold. 

After the show, join us on G+ for a very special LIVE hangout on air to discuss the episode in greater detail. We have a wonderful panel arranged, and the conversation will be live streamed via The In-Depth Genelaogist YouTube channel for unlimited viewing. 

Please address any questions to...
@confkeep
@indepthgen
on Twitter, 
Conference Keeper, The In-Depth Genealogist on Facebook
or via email at: 
[email protected]


 
 

Received 19 Jul 2013: 

Great news! FGS advises they changed the location of the APG luncheon at the FGS conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to a larger room. If you tried earlier to register and were told it was sold out, you can go back to the FGS website <https://www.fgsconference.org/> and sign up for the luncheon. 

The luncheon will be held on Friday, August 23, with John Philip Colletta, PhD, presenting "The Keepers and I: Tales of Accessing Historical Sources." The annual APG awards will also be presented at the luncheon. 

The Annual Meeting and Roundtable will be held Tuesday evening, August 20, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; room to be announced. 

Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG 
Executive Director 
Association of Professional Genealogists
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How can you not love something with a name like that? 

Have you heard of this wonderful venture? Jean Wilcox Hibben and Gena Philibert-Ortega have joined forces to conduct a whirlwind tour speaking on a variety of genealogy topics throughout California. I think this is a marvelous idea! Not only are they speaking, they'll be blogging about it along the way at the Gena and Jean Genealogy Journey blog

I've attached their full schedule and bio's here. I have also created a new page on the site under "California" just for them! 

Congratulations, Jean and Gena, and best of luck on your tour! 
 
 

Received via email from the Northeast New England Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies

The Northeast New England (NENE) Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is planning an event for Sunday, October 27.  It will be in the Lancaster, Berlin and Bolton, MA area and may be a natural overlap of our chapter with the Western NewEngland and Cape Cod Chapters.  We will welcome you all!  Mary Vincent will tentatively be hosting the event and detaiils of the precise location and which cemetery(ies) we will be viewing.  

This is a "Call for Papers and Presentations".  Papers should be in the 20 minute range, although shorter presentations (like you might see at a national conference "late night") are also appropriate and welcome.

I have not bcc'ed the distribution list and hope that you will share this with anyone whom you think might be interested.

In terms of planning snacks and drinks, it is useful to have an approximate attendance number, so please reply if you are plannng to attend.

Joshua Segal, on behalf of the NENE Chapter of AGS
 
 

Received 11 July 2013: 

This is a special genealogy conference you won't want to miss! 

It's getting closer! The 2013 FGS conference takes place in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21-24 with pre-conference activities on August 20th and a Farewell Brunch on August 25th. Fort Wayne is the home of the renowned Genealogy Center which is giving us generous extended research hours during the conference. 

  • Of course, you may still register online or by regular mail for the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne!
  • Register soon so that in early August you gain access to the online conference syllabus with an expanded subject index.
  • We tweaked room arrangements and have ample room for more people to sign up for the luncheons that take place each day.
  • Rooms are available at the two added hotels. They will run periodic shuttles to the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Fort Wayne has thousands of hotel rooms so there is space for all of us.
  • Ample parking is available near the convention center.
  • Don't forget about the wonderful quilt that will be awarded during the Friday evening festivities at the Allen County Public Library. That's an evening to benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project with lots of fun activities.  A dessert buffet will be sponsored by FamilySearch. If you have registered for that evening, you get access to the Genealogy Center from 6:00 p.m. till Midnight!
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We hope you join us for this great educational and fun week.