Monthly Archives: April 2014

Become an FGS 2014 Conference Ambassador

FGS 2013 Ambassadors

FGS 2013 Ambassadors

Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference by becoming FGS 2014 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2014 Ambassadors will be:

  • Writing about the conference on their blog.
  • Using the hashtag #FGS2014 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
  • Mentioning FGS 2014 on Facebook, Google Plus, and other social networks.
  • Letting their local historical and genealogical societies know about the conference.

Visit to register as an FGS 2014 Ambassador and find the FGS 2014 Ambassador badge to add to your blog or other social media accounts.

Benefits to FGS 2014 Ambassadors:

  • Ambassador badge logo to display on your website.
  • Giveaways for active ambassadors, including conference registrations and discounts, special event tickets, and more.
  • Potential to be guest blogger on FGS Conference Blog.
  • Link to your blog or website on the FGS Conference blog’s Ambassador Page
  • Part of Twitter list of FGS 2014 Ambassadors.
  • Ambassador ribbon at the conference.

The FGS 2014 Conference Committee looks forward to working with the FGS 2014 Ambassadors to make this conference a success. See you in San Antonio in August!

Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected


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Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations

As part of the educational and outreach missions of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS), the exhibit hall at the FGS 2014 Conference, 28-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, will be free and open to the public.

Night Riverwalk View of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Night Riverwalk View of the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

During that time, approximately twenty half-hour presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a special focus on beginners or the casually curious. There will also be a separate vendor stage in this year’s exhibit hall.

In partnership with the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and, the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) announces a Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations.

The challenge for presenters will be to excite and convert participants in a short period of time. The deadline for submission of exhibit hall proposals is Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The categories of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic and introductory genealogical instruction
  • Storytelling and interviewing
  • Preserving for future generations
  • DNA and family medical history
  • Technology, software and social media
  • Benefits of joining a local genealogy society
  • Online pitfalls

As there will also be a separate vendor presentation stage, vendor specific topics or sponsors are outside the scope of this call for presentations.

Send proposals, as an email attachment, with “FGS 2014 Call for Exhibit Hall Presentations” in the subject line, to no later than Sunday, 18 May 2014.  Invitations to speak will be extended by 1 July 2014. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 15 July 2014.

For complete details, view the complete Submission Requirements

Partners for this event are:

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An Evening at the Institute of Texan Cultures

Join FGS on Wednesday evening, August 27, 2014, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm for some barbecue and a visit to the Institute of Texas Cultures.

Institute of Texan CulturesRarely has there been an evening event more suited to genealogists! Co-hosts, the San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS attendees to this amazing museum which showcases the ethnic and cultural history of Texas.  Exhibits in the Texans One and All collections tell the stories of the people who settled in Texas, including Hispanic, English, Irish, Scottish, Jewish, French, Lebanese, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Czech, German, Wendish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African American, Native American, and Hungarian.  The museum offers both permanent and rotating exhibits that display artifacts of Texans past and present.

The museum opened as the Texas State Exhibits Pavilion, which was built for the 1968 HemisFair celebration. In early 2010, it formalized an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. which grants the institute access to Smithsonian artifacts, education and much more. It is located in downtown San Antonio

Begin your evening with appetizers, and then enjoy a true Texas barbecue dinner, including slow-smoked beef brisket and chicken, potato salad, beans, rolls, dessert, and iced tea.

Explore the Institute at your leisure. An air-conditioned motor coach will be available to transport you from your hotel to the Institute or feel free to walk the short distance.

This event is sponsored in part by FamilySearch.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online when you register.

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FGS 2014 Workshops – Maps, Photos, Handwriting and more!

In addition to the sessions at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, there are several optional two-hour workshops designed to give you hands-on experience in key areas.  You can learn more about reading German Gothic handwriting, finding maps and interpreting their symbols, how to self-publish your family story, researching your Scots-Irish ancestors, Texas land and other records, DNA and so much more!  Seating is limited so register early.

Here’s a summary of the workshops. For more information about these and all of the sessions, visit

A $15 workshop fee is required for most of these. Details are specified for each workshop.


1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
T-215 German Gothic Handwriting–Anyone Can Read It!
F. Warren Bittner, MS, CG
Learn to read German Gothic handwriting used in records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. See handwriting examples from many areas and learn to decipher it. (B) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
T-216 Maps! Wonderful Maps!
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL
In this participatory workshop, learn about resources for finding maps, interpreting their symbols and notations, and correlating other information with map data to place ancestors in time and place. (B/I/A) $15 fee; registration required)


9:45 am – 11:45 am
F-307 Scots-Irish Workshop
David E. Rencher, AA, CG, FUGA, FIGRS and Dean J. Hunter, AG
Participants will learn research techniques for tracing Scots-Irish ancestry and how to dissect the research problem in North America and Ireland. (B/I/A) ($15 fee, registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:00 p./m – 3:00 pm
F-323 Self-Publishing for Genealogists
Lisa A. Alzo, MFA
You’ve done the research, written the content – now what? Learn the tips, tricks, and tools you need to self-publish your work successfully. (B/I/A) $!5 fee; registration required)

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
F-308 BCG Certification Workshop
If you are curious about the Board for Certification of Genealogists, how it can help you, and the application process and requirements, then this is the interactive session for you! (B/I/A) (No fee; seating limited; registration required)
Sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
F-324 Photo Detecting 101
Maureen A. Taylor
Learn ten easy steps to help identify family photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)


9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
S-408 Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
James Harkins, MPA, CA
This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
S-423 Genealogical Resources at the Texas State Archives
Jelain Chubb, Laura Saegert, and John Anderson
This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas State Archives. Learn how to access the Archives’ variety of records, including those from various eras of Texas history and the less-used, but no less useful, collections of court records and prints and photographs. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
S-409 Taller de genealogía hispana
Lynn Turner, AG, and Debbie Gurtler, AG
Ven a descubrir recursos útiles, metodología, y técnicas eficaces de búsqueda para genealogía hispana. Estas técnicas funcionan para toda América Latina y España. (Workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish.) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
S-424 DNA Workshop
Ugo Perego, PhD, MSc
A step-by-step explanation on including genetics in your genealogical experience, from test selection to using your DNA results to expand your family tree. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

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FGS 2014 Conference Checklist

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel

Marriott Riverwalk Hotel 

The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 conference is less than five months away. Here are a few things you can do now to get a jump start on your conference plans:

  • Don’t forget to add the FGS 2014 conference to your calendar for August 27-30, 2014. You may want to schedule a few extra days before or after the conference for bonus research days at research repositories in San Antonio or other parts of Texas.
  • Have you made your hotel reservation? The Mariott Riverwalk hotel is currently accepting reservations. You’ll want to make your reservation early to guarantee your spot in the middle of the conference action. Visit for the details about making your reservations.
  • Consider what brick wall you would like to break down during FGS 2014. What steps do you need to take before the conference in order to have a research plan ready?
  • Do your genealogy friends know about the great conference coming to San Antonio in August? Encourage them to like the  FGS Facebook page or follow @FGS on Twitter.
  • And lastly, take a look at the online FGS 2014 conference brochure
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FGS 2014 Conference Brochure Online

FGS provides a unique setting to interact, connect, and learn from many of the world’s genealogists. This year’s event in historic San Antonio promises to deliver an educational and enlightening experience unlike any other.

The conference program provides more than 150 conference programs and workshops on a wide array of topics, including those of local, regional, national and international importance.  The exhibit hall gives you a chance to explore the latest genealogical gadgets, books, and websites.

FGS2014_BookletCover_wbg1Take a look at the conference brochure for a complete list all of the sessions, speakers, workshops, and special events taking place in San Antonio.

Come to San Antonio and get involved!  Register


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