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 www.fgsconference.org.

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

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)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

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)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

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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