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FGS 2014 Conference Getting Set to Start

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Volunteers are getting things ready for the FGS 2014 Conference. Onsite registration begins Tuedday afternoon at 3:00!

Conference week has finally arrived! The committee and volunteers are busy with final preparations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as attendees are arriving at one of the most anticipated genealogical events of the year.

Today, ProQuest sponsors Librarians’ Day, a pre-conference event, that includes sessions on Preserve the Pensions, Building a Core Genealogical Collection for Your Library, San Antonio Public LIbrary Texana and Genealogy Collection, and Genealogy Research Sources Available at the Texas General Land Office.

Wednesday is Focus on Societies day. A half-day workshop with David Rencher and Ed Donakey will show societies how to develop a plan for managing and building their organization. In the afternoon, society members and leaders can select from a range of topics on strategic planning, society technology, outreach, education and more.

Thursday morning, the conference kicks off with keynote address, Orphan Trains to Texas, followed by the opening of the Exhibit Hall and more than 130 sessions and workshops for genealogists.

It’s not too late to join in. Onsite registration begins Tuesday afternoon at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and continues each day. There is a special day-rate for Saturday of $49. The exhibit hall is open Thurday through Saturday and offers free admittance to the public.

See you there!

 

 

 

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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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Librarians’ Day

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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 www.fgsconference.org. Click on Librarians’ Day and then select Register for Librarians’ Day. E-mail any questions concerning this event to librariansday@fgs.org.

 

 

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