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Speaker: Elizabeth Shown Mills

Elizabeth Shown Mills speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27-30 August 2014.

Recognized genealogist, author and lecturer Elizabeth Shown Mills speaks at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 27-30 August 2014.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, is one of the most recognized genealogists and speakers in the field of family history research. She is known for her development of problem-solving methodology and her packed lectures at national conferences. She is past president of both the Board for Certification of Genealogists and the American Society of Genealogists. She was editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly for 16 years.

Mills founded Samford University IGHR’s groundbreaking Advance Research Methodology track, taught for twelve years at the National Archives-based NIGR, and has been featured as a genealogical authority on CNN, NPR, PBS, and ABC-Australia, and BBVC’s 20th and 30th anniversary specials on Alex Haley’s Roots.

Her 500+ publications include Evidence! Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian; Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians, which she developed and co-authored with 22 other leading genealogists; and most recently, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Other publications include Professional Genealogy; Isle of Canes: A Historical Novel; and the popular QuickSheet series of laminated research guides.

At the FGS 2014 Conference, Mills presents four lectures that will help you identify elusive women ancestors, learn the basic rules of citing your sources, solve some of your toughest problems and solve identifies and kinships. Check out these sessions.

T-223, Thursday, 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Poor? Black? Female? Southern Research Strategies (2-hour session) –  Using real characters from two historical novels – Tademy’s Cane River and Mills’s Isle of Canes – Mills teaches us to identify and track elusive women.

F-311, Friday, 10:15-11:15 a.m.
Sources & Citations Simplified: From Memorabilia to Digital Data to DNA –  Why should citing sources cause angst or obsession? Learning a few basic rules lets us apply a common-sense approach that avoids both frustration and overkill.

F-336, Friday, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Finding Origins & Birth Families: Methods that Work –  Is your research stymied by stalemates and brick walls? Your toughest problems can be solved by working smarter, not harder.

S-401, Saturday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Okay I ‘Got the Neighbors’ – Now What Do I Do With Them? –  “Get the neighbors!” is a common mantra among today’s genealogists. But how do you use all that data to solve identifies and kinships?

There is something for everyone and for any level of researcher. Attend one or all four. You’ll be glad you did!

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Spend Saturday August 30 at FGS 2014

Take a Day Trip to FGS 2014 in San Antonio on Saturday, August 30.

Take a Day Trip to FGS 2014 in San Antonio on Saturday, August 30.

Live in or near San Antonio and unable to attend the full FGS 2014 conference? Take a “Day Trip” to San Antonio to join the nation’s genealogists for lectures, exhibits and more to help further your family history research. To help make this possible, FGS and co-hosts, the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, announce a “Saturday Only” registration rate of $49.

To learn more about the Saturday programs, download the conference brochure or visit the website at www.fgsconference.org/program then register online. Your Saturday registration gives you access to more than 35 lectures plus optional workshops and luncheons. While you’re there, visit the Exhibit Hall to see product demonstrations and presentations on one of the two stages or meet with vendors and exhibitors in their booths. Your on-site guide will have all the details!

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Build Your Research Skills at FGS 2014 Conference

Build your research skills at FGS 2014 Conference.

Build your genealogical research skills at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, August 27-30.

Methodology – that’s one skill in genealogical research that crosses all boundaries. Regardless of where your research takes you geographically or online, there are steps that will help you achieve your goals more efficiently, document what you’ve found, and share that information with family and friends. One of the benefits of attending a genealogical conference is that you have a chance to learn from the experts. At the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, the Methodology Track offers nine chances to improve your methodology skills with help from such speakers as Thomas W. Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Lisa Louise Cooke and others. Whether your ancestors settled in Texas, another state or country, here are a few topics you should find useful in your research.

 Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Making Sense of It All: Critical Thinking for Genealogists, by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLIS, FOGS
  • Utilizing AncestryDNA Matching to Break Through Brick Walls in Your Research, by Anna Swayne
  • Why Genealogists Should Care About Carvers, by Marian Pierre-Louis
  • Inferential Genealogy, by Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Okay I ‘Got the Neighbors’ – Now What Do I Do with Them? by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
  • Timelines: The Swiss Army Knife of Genealogical Tools, by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLIS, FOGS
  • No Vital Records? Identifying Birth & Death Substitutes, by Teri E. Flack, MA, MBA
  • Tap Into Your Inner Private Eye: 8 Strategies You Need to Find Living Relatives, by Lisa Louise Cooke
  • Genealogical Documentation: The What, Why, Where, and How, by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

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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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Research in Texas and Neighboring States

Track your ancestors through Texas & Neighboring States at FGS 2014.

Track your ancestors toTexas & Neighboring States at FGS 2014.

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.

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Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture

Rev. Dr. David McDonald presents "Germans to Texas" at FGS 2014 Conference.

Rev. Dr. David McDonald presents “Germans to Texas” at FGS 2014 Conference.

Rev. Dr. David McDonald, CG, will present the Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture at this year’s FGS 2014 conference in San Antonio. “I am honored to be presenting the Knuthson Memorial Lecture at FGS in San Antonio,” said McDonald. “Chuck’s interest in Germanic genealogy is shared by so many researchers and I am pleased to be able to extend Chuck’s commitment to the field in this manner.”

Mr. McDonald discusses why settlers came from Germanic Europe to Texas in Germans to Texas. He is a trustee and past president of Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG); former director of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (ISBGFH). He specializes in church records, migration paths and patterns, the Midwest and English research.  He has published articles in genealogical journals and magazines since the 1980s. With nearly 40 years’ research experience and more than 30 years as a genealogical lecturer throughout the United States and England, Mr. McDonald brings a wealth of experience to his presentations.  Germans to Texas will also focus on how and where German immigrants settled and resources for researching these pioneer families including church records and resources.

The Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture honors Chuck Knuthson who served the FGS Board of Trustees as a member, Vice-President of Administration and Treasurer. He was a friend to everyone he met in the genealogical community. A police captain by profession, Chuck also was a professional genealogist who researched for more than thirty years. After a courageous three-year battle with cancer, Chuck passed away in 2008. Chuck’s primary genealogical interests included German research and involving young people in family history.

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James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

Janis Minor Forte presents James Walker Dent Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Janis Minor Forte presents James Walker Dent Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Janis Minor Fortė has been selected to present the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture at FGS 2014 Conference.

The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture is presented annually at the FGS conference and honors the late Jimmie Walker, one of the most popular and respected lecturers and archivists in the field of family history.

In accepting this honor, Ms. Fortė said, “James Dent Walker is an icon in the study of genealogy in general and African American Genealogy in particular. I will be forever grateful for the value he placed on documentation and citing sources. I proudly present this lecture in his memory and all the important research techniques learned from his teachings.”

Her lecture will be presented on Thursday, August 27, and is entitled Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery. She will discuss accessing Southern court petitions that identify slaves, their owners and free people of color between 1767-1890 using methodologies and strategies for on-line and on-site research.

Janis Minor Forté is a genealogist, writer and lecturer who has received awards and citations for her research achievements. She is a member of several societies, including the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE), the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS), the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, (AAHGS), the Afro-American Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago (AAGHSC) and others. She is also a member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) Planning Committee and one of its Track Coordinators.

She has written articles for Family Chronicle magazine, the Illinois State Genealogical Society Journal, The Tennessee State Genealogical Magazine, and Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, the Chicago State Society Quartely, and many more. The granddaughter of a slave, Janis Minor Forté, has been researching the history of her family since the late 1970s. Using a compilation of traditional and non-traditional sources, she has successfully traced her maternal ancestors to 1754; and her paternal ancestors to 1810 and has documented one line of her family to the African Island of Madagascar.

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago with a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration

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