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On Stage in the Exhibit Hall

Just a few more days until FGS 2014 begins! You’re registered and signed up for workshops and special events. Now you’re finalizing your session schedule and looking at the exhibitor directory to see who will be there. The Exhibit Hall opens on Thursday with exhibitors and organizations ready to share their solutions to help you research your ancestors, tell your family story and more. Some of these vendors and other presenters will take the stage in the Exhibit Hall for a series of thirty-minute presentations each day during exhibit hall hours. There are two stages in the back of the Exhibit Hall near the Food Court.

Hosted by the Texas State Genealogical Society, an FGS 2014 co-host society, one of these stages features short presentations that cover a range of topics: using Mocavo, Evernote, findmypast, PERSI; organizing your research and breaking down brick walls; photography during the Civil War and so much more.

Speakers include Maureen Taylor, Craig Scott, Jen Baldwin, Michael J. Leclerk, Thomas MacEntee, and Lisa Louise Cooke just to name a few.

Check out the schedule of these presentations and join us in the Exhibit Hall. Following is a list of speakers and their topics.  Learn more.

EXHIBIT HALL STAGE, THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

10:45-11:15, T209 – Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

11:30 – 12 PM, T-210, Lisa Louise Cooke
Evernote Extravaganza for Genealogists: Laying the Foundation

1:15 – 1:45, T-217, Jen Baldwin
Top 10 things you need to know about “crossing the pond”

2:00 – 2:30, T-218, Julia George, PhD
Top Ten Reasons to Join Your Local Genealogical Society

2:45 – 3:15, T-226, Maureen A. Taylor
Eight Things to Know about the Civil War and Your Family Pictures

3:30 – 4:00, T-227, Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG
Pension Research: The Short Course

4:15 – 4:45, T-234, Randy Whited
A Quick Guide to Going Paperless

EXHIBIT HALL STAGE, FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

9:30 – 10:00, F-309, Mic Barnette
Free People of Color in Texas before the Civil War

10:15 – 10:45,  F-310, Jen Baldwin
Exploring PERSI with Findmypast

11:00 – 11:30, F-318, Order of Granaderos y Damas de Gálvez: San Antonio Chapter
Living History Presentation

1:15 – 1:45, F-325, Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

2:00 – 2:30, F-333, Barbara Brixey Wylie
Habits that Breakdown Brick Walls

2:45 – 3:15,  F-334, Thomas MacEntee
Google Books for Genealogists

3:30 – 4:00,  F-342, Caroline Pointer
German-Texan Research Tips

4:15 – 4:45, F-343, Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
Roadblocks and Wrong Turns in Researching Hispanic Families (English)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30 – EXHIBIT HALL STAGE

9:30 – 10:00, S-407, Tony Hanson
No Scanner? Use Your Camera!

10:15 – 10:45, S-417, Michael J. Leclerc
Using Mocavo to Propel your Research

11:00 – 11:45, S-418, Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society
Roadblocks and Wrong Turns in Researching Hispanic Families (Spanish)

1:15 – 1:45, S-425, Jen Baldwin
Connecting to Ireland

2:00 – 2:30, S-433, Sara Gredler, MS
Beginner Genealogy Strategies

The schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check the onsite guide and the schedule posted in the Exhibit Hall.

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Early Bird Registration Ends July 1

FGS 2014 Early Bird registation ends July 1. Don't let time run out!

FGS 2014 Conference Early Bird registation ends July 1. Don’t let time run out!

The Early Bird Deadline to register for the FGS 2014 Conference is July 1! 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).

It’s not too late to take advantage of over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels.

If you’ve already registered, you can still log in and add any of the sponsored luncheons or special events.

FGS has added hotel rooms at the Marriott Rivercenter near the convention center. To make hotel reservations, contact the hotel directly at 210-233-1000 and mention FGS.

Register online now!

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10 Days Left to Take Advantage of Early Bird Discount

Register now for FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio and save!

Register now for FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio and save!

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.

Special events take you to the Institute for Texan Cultures and La Villita for A Night in Old San Antonio.

Register now!

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Pay it forward!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

The FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio will be here before you know it. Have you registered? If not, register online today.

Then pay it forward by telling your friends you’ll be “Gone to Texas” August 27-30, 2014, to spend some quality time with a group of others as passionate about researching family history as you are! Ask them to meet you there. Take a look at what’s in store for you in San Antonio.

 

 

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FGS 2014 Co-host Spotlight – SAGHS

The San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society (SAGHS) is one of two local co-hosts for FGS 2014.  SAGHS was chartered in 1959 with six members and now has 400. The main function of the Society is the library which contains books, periodicals, maps, and other genealogical material for all states, Europe, Mexico, along with a variety of other research material such as family books, vertical files, military records, etc.  Of course, Texas books and periodicals comprise a significant part of the collection but the library is not limited to Texas and Bexar County.  Over the years, the Society has published over two dozen books of Bexar County records such as cemetery, marriages, pensions, etc.

The Society operates the reference library in a 1926 house that was once the center of a ranch in north central part of what is now in the city of San Antonio.  The Society bought the house about 10 years ago, renovated and updated it to accommodate the library.

SAGHSLOGO

Learn more about SAGHS at  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsaghs2/ and plan to visit the library when you’re at FGS in August 2014.

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