Monthly Archives: May 2014

Conference Advertising Opportunities

Advertise at FGS 2014 Conference

Advertise at FGS 2014 Conference to reach the nation’s genealogists

Advertising at the FGS 2014 Conference is a great way to highlight your organization and reach out to the Nation’s Genealogists.  Advertising opportunities include a tote bag flyer, syllabus ad and onsite guide.

Conference Tote Flyer – The advertising might be a discount coupon for use at the conference, a highlight of one of your products, a brochure, postcard or a general announcement reminding people to visit your booth or society table.

Onsite Guide Ad – The onsite guide is your roadmap to the actual conference. Available ad sizes: full-page, ½ page and ¼ page.

Syllabus Ad (includes printed and CD versions) – The syllabus book contains all the conference handouts from each session. Available ad sizes: full-page, ½ page and ¼ page.

Visit the Advertising Opportunities page under the Exhibits tab on the conference homepage learn more about advertising opportunities.

Please contact the FGS Advertising Coordinator at if you have any questions.


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DNA and Genealogy

Should you have a DNA test to help trace your roots? What tests are available? What do the results show?


Debbie Parker Wayne talks about DNA as part of family history research at FGS 2014 Conference

Every year, new DNA tests are developed that go beyond the traditional Y-DNA and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results. These new tests can be used to study relationships between individuals who are not part of the direct paternal or maternal line.

Debbie Parker Wayne presents two sessions at the FGS 2014 Conference to help you understand these tests:  what are they, what steps are required to take the test, and how can you analyze the results. If you’ve been thinking about using a DNA test as part of your family research, these sessions are a great way to learn more about what’s involved.

S-412 DNA Case Studies: Analyzing Test Results
Case studies illustrate analysis of Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA test results to contribute to genealogical research goals.

S-443 Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and XDNA
Understand mitochondrial DNA and X-DNA testing and how to analyze test results in a case study.

Debbie has presented DNA topics at the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society conferences, Family Tree DNA Project Administrator’s Conference, Southern California Jamboree DNA Day, “Genealogy as a Profession” course at IGHR, many local genealogical societies in Texas, and all-day workshops on genetic genealogy in Texas and Arkansas.  She is the DNA instructor for the Forensic Genealogy Institute run by the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy. Debbie’s DNA research focuses on client projects and on research into her own family project which includes Y‑DNA, mtDNA, X‑DNA, and autosomal DNA studies.

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Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL


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Military Track at FGS 2014

Remembering Those Who Served

Remembering Those Who Served

As we celebrate Memorial Day and remember with gratitude those who served and continue to serve the USA through the years, we also recognize the value of the records they left behind.

About Memorial Day – Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11 in 1868 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.” The first celebration took place at the Arlington National Cemetery on that date. In 1971, federal law changed the observanceof the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. (Source: Library of Congress)

Military records can be a valuable source of information about more than just the individual seving. Not only do they identify individuals who served in the various branches of service but they also identify who was eligible for service.  Military records can help you discover:

  • Evidence of military service
  • Residence at the time of military service or pension
  • Evidence of family relationships, including ancestors or descendants

The FGS 2014 Conference offers a Military Track by some of the leading experts in this field. Whether you are research ing an ancestor from the Mexican War or Civil War or someone who fought at the Alamo, you’ll be sure to learn new resources and techniques to help you track down ancestors who served our country during times of conflict as well as peace.

Topics in this track include:

  • Researching Your Mexican War Ancestor, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
  • After Mustering Out: Researching Civil War Veterans, Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG
  • Thirteen Days Insired by War of 1812 Veterans: The Alamo, Michael Jeffrey Hall
  • Researching the Hessian Soldier, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
  • Home Guards, Confederate Soldiers, and Galvanized Yankees, J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

See complete descriptions of these sessions in the FGS Conference Brochure.

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Technology Track – Writing & Publishing

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Everybody has at least one family history story to tell!  Today it is easier than ever to share those stories.

Several sessions on the Technology Track at the FGS 2014 Conference focus on Writing and Publishing, including using the latest technology to make your story interesting. Take some time to learn how to bring your ancestors to life.


T-221 Publish! Bringing it All Together on a Mac, Laura G. Prescott
Genealogists are using Macs to publish. The possibilities are boundless as technology makes it easier, more interesting, and more affordable than ever to turn publishing dreams into realities. A Mac makes it intuitive and fun!

T-237 Publish Your Genealogy Online, Laura G. Prescott
Discover the options for publishing your genealogy online. Explore choices you can make for appearance, access, costs, and privacy. Learn simple, attractive solutions to show off your research.

S-405 To Blog or Not to Blog: Sharing Your Research, Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
Explore using a blog as a research log and sharing your genealogical research with others.

S-415 Can I Use That in My Genealogy? What You Should Know About Copyright, Thomas MacEntee
Learn the basics of US copyright law and how you can still use copyrighted items such as documents, articles and photographs as part of your genealogy research.

S-431 Elements Essential for a Polished Family History, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Attendees will learn about clear and structured writing, genealogical organization and format, and other aspects giving family histories meaning, respectability, and lasting value.

S-439 DIgital Storytelling for Genealogists, Sandra J. Crowley
Telling your family story requires more than “just the facts” or a few photos. Learn how to plan your message and use the tools and technology available to help you tell it effectively and share it with friends and family.

S-446 Social History and Genealogy: Writing Family Narrative, Diane Van Skiver Gagel, MA
This lecture gives an overview of using social history to fill in the gaps in a family narrative when all we have are dates and places.

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Lunch & Learn in San Antonio

Meet for Lunch at FGS

Meet for Lunch at FGS

Network with other genealogists, share stories and research hints, and enjoy good food and interesting speakers! Meals are an integral part of FGS conferences, and because this is an educational conference, the meal options are combined with learning opportunities.

Meals are sponsored by various organizations but you do not need to be a member of these groups in order to participate in the luncheon activities.

This year, conference attendees will have a choice of luncheons that offer a plated lunch or those that offer a boxed lunch.

Menu and program details are available on the FGS Conference web site and in the conference brochure.

If you’ve already registered for the conference, you can still add a lunch. Simply log on to your account to purchase luncheon tickets and insure you have a seat at the table!

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Riders on the Orphan Trains

Orphan Train

Orphan Train

The keynote address at this year’s FGS conference promises to be both educational and entertaining. Plan now to attend the opening session, Riders on the Orphan Trains, on Thursday morning, August 28.

Using multi-media, they will tell the story of the Orphan Trains that carried over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children across the United States between 1854 and 1929. These children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations in every state in the continental United States with the last train stopping in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in 1929.

Presenters Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore combine live music, a video montage with archival photographs and interviews of survivors to tell the stories of these children.

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Phil Lancaster and Alison Moore, presenters of Riders of the Orphan Trains

Alison Moore is a former assitant professor of English/Creative Writing in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizon and a current Humanities Scholar in Texas, and the author of the novel Riders on the Orphan Train. Phil Lancaster was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and studied art and music at L’Ecole De Beaux Arts in Angers, France. He became a member of a bluegrass band that toured throughout France and produced an album entitled “Bluegrass Oldies Ltd./Traveling Show.” He is presenter of “Riders on the Orphan Train,” the official outreach program for the National Orphan Train Complex.

See a preview on their website,

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Librarians’ Day


Sponsor of FGS 2014 Librarians’ Day, Tuesday, August 26 – San Antonio


The Federation of Genealogical Societies and ProQuest invite librarians, archivists, and other information professionals to attend Librarians’ Day, Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

This event will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 East Market Street, San Antonio. The hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Topics and speakers include:

Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference
David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

In celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the genealogical community is digitizing the pension records of 180,000 pensioners of the “Second Revolution.” This session shows the breadth and depth of the rich genealogical content of the images that are already available online for FREE!!!

Builiding a Core Genealogical Collection for Your Library
Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG

A written well thought out Genealogical Acquisitions Plan is the safety net of any library collection. Resources in time, space and money are always in short supply. A well-constructed Genealogical Acquisitions Plan can reduce decision making, eliminate non-essential overcrowding and reduce costs.

San Antonio Public Library Texana and Genealogy Collection
Frank Faulkner

The Texana and Genealogy collection acquires, preserves and offers access to research materials relating to San Antonio, Bexar County and Texas history, and North American and Hispanic genealogy. Home to historical books, periodicals, maps, newspaper clippings, city directories, census records and military records, these collections are some of the Library’s most valuable resources.

Genealogy Research Sources Available at the Texas General Land Office
James Harkins, MPA, CA

The General Land Office is home to 35.5 million documents and maps dating back to the year 1720. Within these records are the tales of tens-of-thousands of Texans who wished to own a piece of Texas land. James Harkins will explain the land grant process, and some of the interesting documents found at the GLO, and use his ten years of experience at the GLO to illustrate how genealogists can access these records to complete their own genealogical research.

Registration for Librarians’ Day is $10. To register, visit Click on Librarians’ Day and then select Register for Librarians’ Day. E-mail any questions concerning this event to



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Finding Female Ancestors at FGS 2014

Finding female ancestors presents many challenges for genealogists. Maiden names are often hard to confirm. Laws and customs created unique problems as women were often not allowed to own property or sign legal documents. Men wrote the histories and paid the taxes; participated in the military and left wills. Therefore, in many instances, the females in the family are only noted by their first names.

Finding Female Ancestors at #FGS2014

Finding Female Ancestors at #FGS2014

However, there are clues and techniques to help you find your female ancestors, and the 2014 FGS Conference “Gone to Texas” is just the place to begin your search. This year’s conference includes four sessions specifically related to finding your “Female Ancestors.” Each of these is presented on Thursday, August 28.  Find ways to use indirect evidence, records and more to reveal their stories!

  • How to Use Records to Reveal Your Female Ancestors’ Stories, presented by Anne Mitchell
  • Discovering Female Ancestors, by Melissa C. Tennant, MLS
  • Women and the Law: Researching Our Female Ancestors, by Diane VonSkiver Gagel, MA
  • A Family for Isabella: Indirect Evidence from Texas Back to Mississippi, by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Learn more about Female Ancestors Track.

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