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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.


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


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)


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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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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