Additional hotel rooms are available at the Marriott Rivercenter for the FGS 2014 Conference! The Marriott Rivercenter is at 101 Bowie Street on the banks of the River Walk and near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 1-210-223-1000. Be sure to mention FGS to receive the conference rate.
The Texas & Neighboring States track in the FGS 2014 conference program offers a range of sessions and speakers focused on helping fill in the gaps in your research. Choose one or all of these sessions to discover ways you can locate your ancestors in Texas.
F-303 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Trails In, Trails Out: To Texas, From Texas
by David McDonald, CG
Migration paths to and through the Lone Star State in the 19th century, and the groups that used them.
F-314 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas
by Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA
Researching your Republic of Texas ancestors takes creative thinking and ingenuity. Discover all of the ways you can locate your pre-1846 Texas ancestors.
F-329 1:15-2:15 p.m.
That Soundrel George: Tracking a Black Sheep Texas Ancestor
by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
A romp through records of the Republic and State of Texas on the trail of a scoundrel from his marriage and bigamy charge in Colorado County to his death in Iowa Park.
F-338 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Texas Resource Gems
by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG
Learn to use “hidden gem” resources for Texas research that provide color and historical context on the lives of our ancestors.
F-347 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Paper Trails in Texas in Search of the Orphan Trains
by Alison Moore and Philip Lancaster
In-depth follow-up to the keynote “Riders on the Orphan Train.” Presenters will give examples of Texans who braved red tape and closed doors to complete family trees.
Society Showcase, Booth A
“You have a family tradition that you descend from a passenger on the Mayflower but have never known how to prove it.” Visit the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants booth at FGS 2014 and learn how you can trace your ancestors to find out if they were part of this adventurous group of settlers.
Following renewed interest in American History during the 1876 centennial celebration of the United States, hereditary and patriotic organizations became popular. As interest in preserving the memory of their ancestors grew, so did these groups. Since 1896, the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants has focused on gathering together “to honor and perpetuate the memory of our Mayflower Ancestors and the ideals of American freedoms and democracy …”
The goal of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is to “join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.” The Society’s website contains information on history, bibliographies, museum, and membership opportunities.
Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast http://www.GenealogyGems.com has been delivering “top-rated genealogy radio online, all the time” since 2007. Listeners from around the world have downloaded the show over 1.5 million times! Each episode features Lisa’s fun and engaging approach to discovering and sharing family history.
Genealogy Gems began as a podcast and grew in popularity over the years. Lisa has expanded her brand to include a variety of resources for genealogists wanting to learn more about researching their family history. Check out the Genealogy Gems website to find:
• A free beginner podcast and blog post series, Family History; Genealogy Made Easy, first published in 2008-9, now being updated and re-released in weekly segments.
• A premium version of the Genealogy Gems podcast with expanded content, in-depth interviews, news and how-to’s, available by subscription.
• Full-length, premium how-to videos of Lisa’s most popular classes including using Google search, Evernote and the iPad for genealogy; newspaper research for family historians; how to organize your hard drive and more.
• Books, e-books and “cheat sheets” including Evernote for Genealogists (Windows and Mac editions); Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse, The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers and the Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies.
Stop by to see Lisa at the Genealogy Gems booth #218,220 Follow her blog at http://www.GenealogyGems.com to learn more about what’s coming up at FGS.
Catch one of her sessions for even more tidbits on ways to improve your research.
MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies.
Their service offers a searchable collection of more than 5 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death, census, immigration, military and other records from every corner of the globe. It includes the complete US censuses available from 1790 to 1940, the world’s largest historical newspaper collection, and large collections of gravestone photos. The site is home to more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles and 200 million historical photos contributed by 75 million users from all around the world.
The service is available in 40 languages. To begin building your tree online, visit www.myheritage.com
The Early Bird Deadline to register for the FGS 2014 Conference is just 10 days away. Register now and join the nation’s genealogists in San Antonio 27-30 August for “Gone to Texas.” Local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society (SAGHS) and the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS).
Some of the leading genealogists in the United States will present over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels.
Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.
The Exhibit Hall will feature 30-minute demos and presentations in addition to vendors showcasing technology and resources to benefit genealogists as they research their family history and tell their stories.
Member Societies can promote their benefits in Society Showcase, a section of the exhibit hall especially designed for our members.
Getting to San Antonio is easy. By car, it sits in the center of Texas, just 300 miles from Dallas, 75 miles from Austin, and 200 miles from Houston. Interstates 35 and 10 intersect in San Antonio.
Traveling by plane? San Antonio International Airport is located in the north central part of the city, just 9 miles from downtown and easily accessible from major highways. Twenty airlines operate out of two terminals, providing more than one hundred flights daily to and from domestic and international destinations. Airlines include: American, Delta, US Airways, Southwest Airlines, United, and AirTran to name a few.
Once you are checked into the hotel, you can hop on one of the streetcars for a number of tours. For more information, visit www.viainfo.net. Use your smartphone to explore all the fun San Antonio has to offer. Download the free Travel Guide app at www.gettag.mobi or search for “Tag Reader” or “Tag app” in your mobile app store.
If you haven’t registered for the FGS 2014 Conference yet, there’s still time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Register before July 1 and save.
Booth # 208
Have you read a newspaper lately? Newspapers are a wonderful source of news about your ancestors.
Newspapers.com is the online home of 70+ million pages of historical newspapers from 3100 newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Millions of additional pages are added every month. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time.
Learn more about the Genealogical Society of Kendall County at the FGS 2014 Conference Society Showcase.
The Genealogical Society of Kendall County was founded in Boerne, Texas, in 1981. Its objectives are to promote the study of family research, to collect and preserve biographical data and records of the people of the communmity and their ancestors, to build and maintain a genealogical library and to offer programs of genealogical interest to its members and the general public.
The Society publishes a Journal, Keys to the Past, and is currently working with the Boerne Cemetery Foundation on a Tombstone Photo Project.
On September 4, 2012, the Society moved to a new home at 114 E. Blano Rd. in Boerne, which is across the street from the Old Courthouse. It houses their library which is open six days a week. Check their website for hours and information about their collection.
Watch this blog in the coming days for a preview of other FGS member societies and organizations that will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
Visit with Clayton Library Friends in the Society Showcase at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio 27-30 August 2014.
The Exhibit Hall at this year’s event features a section highlighting FGS member societies and other organizations. Watch this blog in the coming days for a preview of some of these groups; then learn more by visiting their booth in San Antonio.
About Clayton Library Friends
The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is a unit of the Houston Public Library. It houses an international research collection consisting of materials for all 50 states and many foreign countries. The collection contains approximately 100,000 books; 3000 periodicals titles; 70,000 reels of microfilm; a microfiche and microcard collection as well as numerous electronic databases. The mission of the Clayton Library friends is to enrich the resources and facilities of Clayton Library. Their activities include organizing and directing fundraising projects to support the acquisition of research materials for the library, to upgrade library facilities, and to enhance library services. In addition, Clayton Library Friends provides programs that encourage family history research and volunteer specialized services to educate the public in the use of Clayton Library and its collection.
See list of Society Showcase Exhibitors.