Monthly Archives: March 2014

Call for Volunteers for FGS 2014 Conference

If you are planning to attend the FGS/SAGHS/TSGS 2014 Genealogy Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27-30 August, and want to get more involved in the genealogical community, consider volunteering.  Volunteers help to make the conference a real success.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, network with others, and give something back to the genealogical community. To show their appreciation, FGS will reimburse volunteers a portion of their registration fee after the conference (if registered at the early rate).

There are many ways to get involved and time slots are flexible and convenient. You may volunteer before or between educational sessions. Assignments are in one or more 4 hour shifts.

Registration: Volunteers will assist at the registration desk and with other associated responsibilities (Wednesday – Saturday during registration hours).

Hospitality/Information Desk: Volunteers will assist with welcoming attendees, providing directions and general information for the conference and convention center, as well as seeing to their general comfort. (Tuesday – Saturday hours beginning 30 minutes prior to registration hours).

Room Monitors: Monitors will report and assist with the needs of speakers and attendees in their room, check attendees for name badges, and survey needs in the room, etc. Volunteers will work in the assigned room for a minimum shift of the morning or afternoon sessions for that room (Wednesday – Saturday hours correspond to registration hours).

Exhibit Hall: Volunteers are needed to monitor access to the exhibit hall during non-public hours only – all day Wednesday (set-up day) and an hour or so Thursday – Saturday mornings. Exhibitors will have unique badges that allow them access before public hours. Volunteers will not be required during public hours.

Technology Troubleshooting: Volunteers will respond to room monitors and conference staff that have reports of technology needs in sessions, as well as other technology needs that arise (Wednesday – Saturday during session hours).

Contact: For more information on volunteering or to volunteer, contact the FGS Office, 1-888-347-1500 or or fill out our online volunteer form.



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FGS App Updated for 2014 Conference

Take FGS with you wherever you go with the FGS App for iOS and Android devices. The conference portion of the FGS app is live and updated with information about the 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30. Download the app for your iOS device and/or for your Android Device.


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FGS 2014 Conference Registration is Open

If you follow FGS on Facebook and Twitter, you may already be aware that registration for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30, is open!

Below you will find the press release that is being sent out today. Feel free to share the press release on your blog, website, society periodical, email list, or just share it with your friends. The more people that hear about the conference, the better the conference will be.

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FGS 2014 Conference Registration is Open

“Gone to Texas” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 26, 2014Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled 27-30 August 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. Register at by 1 July 2014 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Gone to Texas,” and the local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Sessions will be presented by some of the leading genealogists from the United States. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.

Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies:, FamilySearch, and findmypast. Other participating and supporting organizations include Family Chronicle Magazine, Dell, Lexmark, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, Texas State Genealogical Society, and The National Huguenot Society.

Conference Highlights

  • Conference Sessions:  A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Texas and neighboring states research, African-American and ethnic origin research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Special Events: On Wednesday evening, local hosts San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and Texas State Genealogical Society invite registrants to an evening at the Institute of Texan Culture, an amazing museum located directly behind the convention center. On Friday evening, The San Antonio Conservation Society hosts a festive Night in Old San Antonio in the historical art village of La Villita. The Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these events each year, and FGS is excited to offer this event. Details can be found at
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.  The day kicks off with a first ever, half-day workshop to develop a plan and tools to use to enhance and guide their society forward.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, ProQuest will sponsor a full-pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at for more information.

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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 for the family history community), 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


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

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Society Showcase

Registration will open soon for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. With our local hosts, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society, we are truly excited about this outstanding genealogical event!

FGS invites all member societies to reserve a table in the FGS 2014 Society Showcase. Society Showcase’s strategic location adjacent to the FGS booth in the exhibit hall will draw plenty of visitors to your table.

Each society is encouraged to decorate their table with an attractive theme to be eligible to win a one-year membership in FGS for their society.

This year, Society Showcase participants can also opt to host a table at the FGS Luncheon on Wednesday. Society members and leaders can combine networking, learning, socializing, eating, marketing, and fun all in one neat event!

Contact Polly Kimmitt at for more information.

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