Thank you Volunteers and Sponsors

Event such as the FGS 2014 Conference would not be possible without the many volunteers and sponsors who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring everything together. To the volunteers from local co-hosts the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society to other volunteers from around the country – Thank you.

You can help us say thank you to our sponsors by visiting them in the Exhibit Hall. They have supported FGS in a number of ways and we are very grateful.

Visit FGS 2014 sponsors in the Exhibit Hall.

Visit FGS 2014 sponsors in the Exhibit Hall.

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Visit FGS’ New Booth in the Exhibit Hall

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Stop by the FGS booth and learn more about FGS programs and events in 2015. Subscribe to the Forum, support the Preserve the Pension project and so much more.

 

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FGS 2014 Off to a Great Start – Wednesday

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Focus on Societies lunch on Wednesday at FGS 2014.

So much going on today:  Focus on Society sessions started in the morning with David Rencher and Ed Donakey, then continued following lunch with choice of 18 sessions geared toward society management for society members and leaders.

Exhibitors are busy getting read for the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall to open on Thursday, August 28, at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibitors are busy getting ready for the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall to open on Thursday, August 28, at 9:30 a.m.

At the same time, registration was open in the lobby and the Exhibit Hall was buzzing with organizations getting everything ready for the grand opening of exhibits on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Before the exhibits open, attendees will hear the keynote address, Riders on the Orphan Train, by Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore at 8:00 a.m. in Ballroom B.

So excited for another great day!

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Stay up-to-date with the FGS App

fgsapplogoYou’re in San Antonio and you want to stay up-to-date on the latest conference info. There an app for that!

The FGS App for mobile devices will keep you updated on all things FGS, including the 2014 Conference.

If you have not downloaded it already, now is the time to go to the iOS App store or the Android Marketplace and download the FGS App.

FGS mobile app gives you access to the latest FGS 2014 Conference information. Just select the Gone To Texas icon!

FGS mobile app gives you access to the latest FGS 2014 Conference information. Just select the Gone To Texas icon!

You’ll find information about FGS society members, publications and preservation plus select the Gone To Texas icon for the latest FGS 2014 Conference information.

  • Login and check your schedule
  • See a list of sessions or speakers
  • View maps of the convention center to find your meeting room
  • Check out the exhibit hall and a directory of exhibitors
  • Visit the conference blog

Everything you could access on the FGS Conference website and more is at your fingertips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FGS 2014 Conference Getting Set to Start

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Conference week has finally arrived! The committee and volunteers are busy with final preparations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as attendees are arriving at one of the most anticipated genealogical events of the year.

Today, ProQuest sponsors Librarians’ Day, a pre-conference event, that includes sessions on Preserve the Pensions, Building a Core Genealogical Collection for Your Library, San Antonio Public LIbrary Texana and Genealogy Collection, and Genealogy Research Sources Available at the Texas General Land Office.

Wednesday is Focus on Societies day. A half-day workshop with David Rencher and Ed Donakey will show societies how to develop a plan for managing and building their organization. In the afternoon, society members and leaders can select from a range of topics on strategic planning, society technology, outreach, education and more.

Thursday morning, the conference kicks off with keynote address, Orphan Trains to Texas, followed by the opening of the Exhibit Hall and more than 130 sessions and workshops for genealogists.

It’s not too late to join in. Onsite registration begins Tuesday afternoon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and continues each day. There is a special day-rate for Saturday of $49. The exhibit hall is open Thurday through Saturday and offers free admittance to the public.

See you there!

 

 

 

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FGS 2014 Conference in the News

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Read the rest of the story as the San Antonio Express welcomes FGS 2014 Conference

 

 

 

 

 

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On Stage in the Exhibit Hall

Just a few more days until FGS 2014 begins! You’re registered and signed up for workshops and special events. Now you’re finalizing your session schedule and looking at the exhibitor directory to see who will be there. The Exhibit Hall opens on Thursday with exhibitors and organizations ready to share their solutions to help you research your ancestors, tell your family story and more. Some of these vendors and other presenters will take the stage in the Exhibit Hall for a series of thirty-minute presentations each day during exhibit hall hours. There are two stages in the back of the Exhibit Hall near the Food Court.

Hosted by the Texas State Genealogical Society, an FGS 2014 co-host society, one of these stages features short presentations that cover a range of topics: using Mocavo, Evernote, findmypast, PERSI; organizing your research and breaking down brick walls; photography during the Civil War and so much more.

Speakers include Maureen Taylor, Craig Scott, Jen Baldwin, Michael J. Leclerk, Thomas MacEntee, and Lisa Louise Cooke just to name a few.

Check out the schedule of these presentations and join us in the Exhibit Hall. Following is a list of speakers and their topics.  Learn more.

EXHIBIT HALL STAGE, THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

10:45-11:15, T209 – Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

11:30 – 12 PM, T-210, Lisa Louise Cooke
Evernote Extravaganza for Genealogists: Laying the Foundation

1:15 – 1:45, T-217, Jen Baldwin
Top 10 things you need to know about “crossing the pond”

2:00 – 2:30, T-218, Julia George, PhD
Top Ten Reasons to Join Your Local Genealogical Society

2:45 – 3:15, T-226, Maureen A. Taylor
Eight Things to Know about the Civil War and Your Family Pictures

3:30 – 4:00, T-227, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
Pension Research: The Short Course

4:15 – 4:45, T-234, Randy Whited
A Quick Guide to Going Paperless

EXHIBIT HALL STAGE, FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

9:30 – 10:00, F-309, Mic Barnette
Free People of Color in Texas before the Civil War

10:15 – 10:45,  F-310, Jen Baldwin
Exploring PERSI with Findmypast

11:00 – 11:30, F-318, Order of Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez: San Antonio Chapter
Living History Presentation

1:15 – 1:45, F-325, Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

2:00 – 2:30, F-333, Barbara Brixey Wylie
Habits that Breakdown Brick Walls

2:45 – 3:15,  F-334, Thomas MacEntee
Google Books for Genealogists

3:30 – 4:00,  F-342, Caroline Pointer
German-Texan Research Tips

4:15 – 4:45, F-343, Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
Roadblocks and Wrong Turns in Researching Hispanic Families (English)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 – EXHIBIT HALL STAGE

9:30 – 10:00, S-407, Tony Hanson
No Scanner? Use Your Camera!

10:15 – 10:45, S-417, Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

11:00 – 11:45, S-418, Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
Roadblocks and Wrong Turns in Researching Hispanic Families (Spanish)

1:15 – 1:45, S-425, Jen Baldwin
Connecting to Ireland

2:00 – 2:30, S-433, Sara Gredler, MS
Beginner Genealogy Strategies

The schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check the onsite guide and the schedule posted in the Exhibit Hall.

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Limited Tickets for Closed Out “Night in Old San Antonio”

Learn how you can get tickets to "Sold Out" Night in Old San Antonio for Friday, August 29.

Limited tickets available for “Sold Out” Night in Old San Antonio on Friday, August 29 as part of FGS 2014 celebration. Help Preserve the Pensions for the War of 1812.

Ed Donakey is offering free tickets for the closed out Night In Old San Antonio being held on Friday evening for the first twenty-five (25) people who sponsor him for $100 or more. This is a $35 value IF there were tickets available. As the Conference Chair he has access to a few remaining tickets and is not above opening the gates for a good cause! That is a closed out all you can eat function on Friday evening.

Walk sponsors would be able to join us for a festive evening filled with fun, characters, food, and music in the historical art village of La Villita. Mariachis will welcome you into the plaza where you will be entertained by a traditional band and folkloric dancing. Enjoy a HUGE Mexican buffet, including beef and chicken fajitas, aguacates (stuffed half avocado), chicken flautas, chalupas, quesadillas, Texas Caviar, handmade tortillas with cheese & salsa, a dessert cart, and ice tea & lemonade. A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine Sangria, tequila margaritas, and soft drinks. The San Antonio Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these evenings each year, so we feel fortunate to offer this to our conference participants.

For a $100 sponsorship you would get a free Preserve the Pension Tee Shirt and entrance to A Night in Old San Antonio!

These tickets are sold out and are not available in any other way! Support the Preserve the Pension project and have fun at A Night in Old San Antonio. There are two ways to received Ed’s limited offer. Be one of the first twenty-five people to either:

1)  Visit the Preserve The Pension booth on Thursday or Friday in the exhibit hall to make your donation and receive your shirt and NIOSA ticket; or

2)  Go immediately to https://www.preservethepensions.org/donate to support this meaningful cause. Be sure to select Ed Donakey in the “Honors and Tributes” area. Then bring your verification to the Preserve The Pension booth to pick up your shirt and NIOSA ticket.

Remember that this is a limited offering. Only the first 25 people receive the shirt and the NIOSA ticket!

We are trying to have fun with this contest, but in reality we are supporting a meaningful and important project. The pension files that are being digitized contain significant genealogical data and are being made available to the entire world for free. Please contribute what you can and sponsor one of the walkers so that we can finish this project. Every penny counts and is appreciated.

“Thank you for your support!”

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Sponsor a Celebrity Walker in the Preserve the Pension Fun Walk at #FGS2014

Sponsor a Celebrity Walker in the Preserve the Pension Fun Walk at #FGS2014

Which celebrity will you sponsor?

Thank you Judy Russell. Your promotion of the Preserve the Pensions Fun Walk and the generous offers of sponsorship you have received have inspired us.

We are changing things up!

Instead of a group walk, we have four sponsored walkers for you to choose from: Judy Russell of The Legal Genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor and Kenyatta Berry on behalf of Genealogy Roadshow and Ed Donakey of Family Search.

These four walkers will be competing for your sponsorship to see which of them can raise the most funds for the Preserve The Pensions campaign.

And while we hope those of you who intended to walk will get out and enjoy all that San Antonio has to offer, we ask that you commit to sponsoring one of our celebrity walkers instead.

Judy, Josh, Kenyatta and Ed will walk Saturday morning August 30th at 6:30am. (That’s right Judy, you’ll still have to get up early, that hasn’t changed!)

If you happen to be up at what Judy lovingly calls “oh dark thirty” I hope you’ll consider seeing them off from their starting point at the front of the Henry B Gonzales Convention Center.

Every dollar raised in support of our walkers goes directly to the Preserve The Pensions fund.  Every dollar is matched first by FGS, then again by Ancestry. Every $25.00 sponsorship becomes a $100.00 contribution to the preservation of this incredibly important collection of War of 1812 pensions.

Now all you have to decide is which of these four amazing individuals will get your support!

Details: 

Show attendees, please stop by the Preserve The Pensions booth 506, 508.

Donate $25.00 to sponsor your favorite walker and pick up your T-Shirt.  (Shirts available while they last.)

For those not attending the show, please visit our donate page at https://www.preservethepensions.org/donate

You’ll see a section marked “Honor and Tribute” where you can select the walker you’d like to sponsor. After the convention we’ll coordinate with you on T-shirt size and shipping.

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FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus Available Online

How can it be well into August already? We are now just days away from the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio. Conference committee members from across the U.S. and representatives from the Texas State Genealogical Society and San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society are working to make sure this year’s conference meets every expectation.

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

The syllabus is online

The syllabus is now online and available for downloading. Of course, if you’ve been following the FGS 2014 Conference blog, you already know that! Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/account/login/ and sign in with your Username and Password. Click on “Download your syllabus” in the rectangle at the top of the screen.

What are the benefits of an online syllabus?

  • You can look at it before coming to the conference and use it to help you choose which sessions to attend. Viewing the syllabus materials beforehand can help you decide if a session is just what you need.
  • Use it to help you decide between classes when you are having trouble making a choice.
  • Save the syllabus to your laptop, smartphone, or tablet and take the digital copy with you to your conference sessions.
  • Or print the syllabus pages for sessions you plan to attend. You can take notes right on these pages. If you like having the syllabus with you, this will make for a much lighter load than carrying the whole printed syllabus around the convention center.
  • If you need to print syllabus pages while you’re at the conference, be sure to visit the Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Findmypast, Dell, and Lexmark, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dell and Lexmark have generously provided computers and printers for your convenience.

Last call to add to your registration

While you are logged into your account, check to be sure that you have registered for any luncheons, workshops, or special events that you want to attend. If you need help logging into your account, visit our Registration FAQs page. The last day to add luncheons and special events to your registration online is Tuesday, August 19. There might be a few tickets left for these events when you arrive at Registration, but this is not guaranteed!

Onsite registration

Every registrant needs to stop at the Registration area in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to pick up his or her Conference tote bag, filled with all of the materials and information needed for the week: Onsite Conference Guide, name badge, special offers, event tickets and wristbands, syllabus on CD, and other items. If you ordered a printed syllabus, this is where you pick it up. FGS welcomes onsite conference registrations for those unable to plan ahead.

Onsite registration hours

Tuesday: 3 pm-7 pm
Wednesday: 7 am-11:30 am; 1 pm-6 pm
Thursday: 7 am-2 pm
Friday: 7:30 am -10 am
Saturday: 7:30 am-10 am

Conference Onsite Guide

Each registrant receives this handy guide that will answer just about every question you might have about the conference and related events. It includes important FGS conferences policies, as well as general information. A program grid tells in what room each lecture, workshop, or luncheon will be held plus a description of each session to help you decide what to attend. Also included are layout maps of the convention center and exhibit hall to help orient you to the conference space; maps showing convenient parking; and maps for those walking to the evening events.

Exhibit Hall

The large Exhibit Hall is open to both registrants and non-registrants.

Thursday: 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 9 am-3:00 pm

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center Parking

A city parking garage is located next to the Marriott Riverwalk hotel and across Market Street from the Convention Center. There is also a lot between the Convention Center and the Institute for Texan Cultures. Several surface parking lots are within two blocks of the convention center.

Name Badges

Please wear your conference name badge for entry into session rooms and for admittance to the Exhibit Hall. If you are registered for a specific day, you may only attend sessions on that day.

Special Events

The evening events – the Institute of Texan Cultures and A Night in Old San Antonio – both require pre-registration. A wristband is required for admittance to each event and will be in your registration packet. The tour to Panna Maria also requires pre-registration. A wristband is required to board the bus.

What to wear?

This is Texas in the summertime, so wear what makes you the most comfortable. But, Texans know how to do air conditioning, so be prepared for cooler temperatures in the session rooms. The evening events are casual. In particular, since A Night in Old San Antonio on Friday is outdoors, wear something cool. Everything is close, but still don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes.

See you in San Antonio!

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