Category Archives: Luncheons

FGS 2014 Off to a Great Start – Wednesday

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Focus on Societies lunch on Wednesday at FGS 2014.

So much going on today:  Focus on Society sessions started in the morning with David Rencher and Ed Donakey, then continued following lunch with choice of 18 sessions geared toward society management for society members and leaders.

Exhibitors are busy getting read for the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall to open on Thursday, August 28, at 9:30 a.m.

Exhibitors are busy getting ready for the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall to open on Thursday, August 28, at 9:30 a.m.

At the same time, registration was open in the lobby and the Exhibit Hall was buzzing with organizations getting everything ready for the grand opening of exhibits on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Before the exhibits open, attendees will hear the keynote address, Riders on the Orphan Train, by Phillip Lancaster and Alison Moore at 8:00 a.m. in Ballroom B.

So excited for another great day!

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Stay up-to-date with the FGS App

fgsapplogoYou’re in San Antonio and you want to stay up-to-date on the latest conference info. There an app for that!

The FGS App for mobile devices will keep you updated on all things FGS, including the 2014 Conference.

If you have not downloaded it already, now is the time to go to the iOS App store or the Android Marketplace and download the FGS App.

FGS mobile app gives you access to the latest FGS 2014 Conference information. Just select the Gone To Texas icon!

FGS mobile app gives you access to the latest FGS 2014 Conference information. Just select the Gone To Texas icon!

You’ll find information about FGS society members, publications and preservation plus select the Gone To Texas icon for the latest FGS 2014 Conference information.

  • Login and check your schedule
  • See a list of sessions or speakers
  • View maps of the convention center to find your meeting room
  • Check out the exhibit hall and a directory of exhibitors
  • Visit the conference blog

Everything you could access on the FGS Conference website and more is at your fingertips.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus Available Online

How can it be well into August already? We are now just days away from the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio. Conference committee members from across the U.S. and representatives from the Texas State Genealogical Society and San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society are working to make sure this year’s conference meets every expectation.

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

The syllabus is online

The syllabus is now online and available for downloading. Of course, if you’ve been following the FGS 2014 Conference blog, you already know that! Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/account/login/ and sign in with your Username and Password. Click on “Download your syllabus” in the rectangle at the top of the screen.

What are the benefits of an online syllabus?

  • You can look at it before coming to the conference and use it to help you choose which sessions to attend. Viewing the syllabus materials beforehand can help you decide if a session is just what you need.
  • Use it to help you decide between classes when you are having trouble making a choice.
  • Save the syllabus to your laptop, smartphone, or tablet and take the digital copy with you to your conference sessions.
  • Or print the syllabus pages for sessions you plan to attend. You can take notes right on these pages. If you like having the syllabus with you, this will make for a much lighter load than carrying the whole printed syllabus around the convention center.
  • If you need to print syllabus pages while you’re at the conference, be sure to visit the Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Findmypast, Dell, and Lexmark, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dell and Lexmark have generously provided computers and printers for your convenience.

Last call to add to your registration

While you are logged into your account, check to be sure that you have registered for any luncheons, workshops, or special events that you want to attend. If you need help logging into your account, visit our Registration FAQs page. The last day to add luncheons and special events to your registration online is Tuesday, August 19. There might be a few tickets left for these events when you arrive at Registration, but this is not guaranteed!

Onsite registration

Every registrant needs to stop at the Registration area in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to pick up his or her Conference tote bag, filled with all of the materials and information needed for the week: Onsite Conference Guide, name badge, special offers, event tickets and wristbands, syllabus on CD, and other items. If you ordered a printed syllabus, this is where you pick it up. FGS welcomes onsite conference registrations for those unable to plan ahead.

Onsite registration hours

Tuesday: 3 pm-7 pm
Wednesday: 7 am-11:30 am; 1 pm-6 pm
Thursday: 7 am-2 pm
Friday: 7:30 am -10 am
Saturday: 7:30 am-10 am

Conference Onsite Guide

Each registrant receives this handy guide that will answer just about every question you might have about the conference and related events. It includes important FGS conferences policies, as well as general information. A program grid tells in what room each lecture, workshop, or luncheon will be held plus a description of each session to help you decide what to attend. Also included are layout maps of the convention center and exhibit hall to help orient you to the conference space; maps showing convenient parking; and maps for those walking to the evening events.

Exhibit Hall

The large Exhibit Hall is open to both registrants and non-registrants.

Thursday: 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 9 am-3:00 pm

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center Parking

A city parking garage is located next to the Marriott Riverwalk hotel and across Market Street from the Convention Center. There is also a lot between the Convention Center and the Institute for Texan Cultures. Several surface parking lots are within two blocks of the convention center.

Name Badges

Please wear your conference name badge for entry into session rooms and for admittance to the Exhibit Hall. If you are registered for a specific day, you may only attend sessions on that day.

Special Events

The evening events – the Institute of Texan Cultures and A Night in Old San Antonio – both require pre-registration. A wristband is required for admittance to each event and will be in your registration packet. The tour to Panna Maria also requires pre-registration. A wristband is required to board the bus.

What to wear?

This is Texas in the summertime, so wear what makes you the most comfortable. But, Texans know how to do air conditioning, so be prepared for cooler temperatures in the session rooms. The evening events are casual. In particular, since A Night in Old San Antonio on Friday is outdoors, wear something cool. Everything is close, but still don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes.

See you in San Antonio!

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Speaker: Teri Flack, MA, MBA

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Teri Flack talks about records preservation, genealogical resources, methodology and more at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA, is a genealogy and historical researcher and consultant. She has been researching family history for over 30 years and has traveled throughout Texas, lecturing on a wide range of genealogical research topics. Teri chairs the Texas State Genealogical Society’s Records Preservation and Access Committee and serves as the Texas state liaison to the national RPAC. Teri is a member of the Travis County Historical Commission, chairing the Commission’s Research Committee. She’s a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Teri retired in May 2009 after working for the state of Texas for over 26 years, most recently as Special Advisor to the Commissioner of Higher Education and Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education. Previously, she was Director of Governmental Relations and Public Information for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Chief Investigator for the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Teri holds a Masters in History with a concentration in Public History from Texas State University. She also holds a B. S. in Education with History major, an MBA, and a graduate Paralegal Certificate from Southwest Texas State University.

At FGS 2014, Teri presents a range of topics for any audience.

Society Day: Wednesday, 8/27/2014
W-114, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Effective Advocacy
Records are the lifeblood of genealogical research; however, their preservation and access continues to be threatened. Advocacy by the genealogical community, particularly genealogical societies, can help mitigate the threats, but only if organizations act effectively. Learn what you and others can do to be an advocate for preserving access to these vital materials for future generations.

One session each day, Thursday-Saturday, will focus on resources or methodology.

Thursday, 8/28/2014
T-228, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Dead Men Talking: Using Probate & Estates to Solve Problems
Probate and estate records provide a rich source of information that can solve your toughtest problems. Identifying heirs and establishing relationships is just the beginning.

Friday, 8/29/2014
F-314, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Finding Your Ancestors in the Republic of Texas
Researching your Republic of Texas ancestors takes creative thinking and ingenuity. Discover all of the ways you can locate your pre-1846 Texas ancestors.

Saturday, 8/30/2014
S-427, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
No Vital Records? Identifying Birth & Death Substitutes
Identifying births and deaths are vital to our research, but often no official records exist. Discover a variety of ways you can identify these critical events.

AGS Luncheon, Saturday, 8/30/2014
S-422, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lessons My Grandmothers Taught Me
Looking for a light-hearted lunch speaker? Then sign up for the Austin Genealogical Society’s luncheon on Saturday at 11:45-1:00 p.m. and hear Teri talk about the universal lessons her grandmothers taught her about family history and how those lessons continue to guide her genealogical research today.

Whether you want to learn more about preserving access to records, exploring resources and methodology, or just share in some fun family memories, check out one or more of Teri’s sessions at FGS 2014.

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Board for Certification of Genealogists Exhibits at FGS

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

Stop by booth 418 at FGS to learn more about becoming a Certified Genealogist.

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http://www.bcgcertification.org

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) has set the standards for competence and ethics in the field of genealogy for professional researchers, writers and teachers since 1964. The credentials awarded by BCG assure others than these individuals produce quality research and writing. Certification serves as a “seal of confidence” for careful consumers seeking professional genealogical assistance.

BCG is an independent organization that is a certifying body, not a membership society, and a nationally and internationally recognized organization. To learn more about certification, visit BCG booth 418 in the Exhibit Hall at the FGS 2014 Conference. Here you will find information about certification and standards; those considering certification can review portfolios.

Tom Jones is the featured speaker at the BCG sponsored luncheon on Thursday, August 28, at 12:00 p.m. His topic is Genealogy Standards: Fine Wine in a New Bottle. If you have not signed up for a luncheon, there’s still time. Login to add luncheon, workshops or events that you had not previously selected.

If you would like to learn more during the conference, you may ask questions in F-308 BCG Certification Workshop on Friday at 9:45 a.m. There is no additional fee to attend this workshop; however, seating is limited.

The website http://www.bcgcertification.org contains skill-building articles, exercises, and a free download of The BCG Application Guide which describes the requirements for your portfolio notebook application.

Board-certified genealogists will take to the podium in large numbers during the conference. See the BCG blog “BCG at FGS” for a list of presentations by BCG associates.

 

 

 

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Speaker: Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, author of "Mastering Genealogical Proof," speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30..

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, author of “Mastering Genealogical Proof,” speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30..

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, is also an award-winning genealogical editor, educator, and reseacher. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. Certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists since 1994, Dr. Jones serves the board as a trustee and is a past president. He is the 2011 recipient of the Association of Professional Genealogists’ Professional Achievement Award, 2004 recipient of its Grahame T. Smallwood Jr. Award of Merit, and 1997 and 2002 winner of the National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence for scholarly articles in the NGS Quarterly.

Dr. Jones teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. He coordinates week-long courses at the British Institute, the Genealogical Research Institue of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogical and Historical Research.

At the FGS 2014 Conference, his topics include sessions on methodology, research strategies and writing and publishing.

T-236 – Thursday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Inferential Genealogy - This sessions shows how family historicans an accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below surface information and combining multiple sources’ information items.

F-301 – Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Can a Complex Problem Be Solved Solely Online? – Step-by-step, attendees will suggest online sources and strategies for tracing a disappearing ancestor. The case study will show how to solve such cases online and the limitations.

S-431 – Saturday, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
Elements Essential for a Polished Family History - Attendees will learn about clear and structured writing, genealogical organization and format, and other aspects giving family histories meaning, respectability, and lasting value.

S-442 – Saturday, 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How
Learn how to document a family history, five characteristics of complete and accurate citations, and a simplified format for citing most sources, both physical and digital.

In addition, Dr. Jones is the featured speaker at the Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon on Thursday, August 27, and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Luncheon on Friday, August 28. His BCG topic is Genealogy Standards: Fine Wine in a New Bottle, while he addresses How Genealogy Hasn’t Changed in Fifty Year on Friday at the NYG&B luncheon. Tickets can be ordered in advance for each of these luncheons. If you’ve already registered and want to add either or these, just login and add them. It’s not too late.

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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.

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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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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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