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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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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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Calling FGS 2014 attendees: Ancestry needs you in San Antonio!

Ancestry calls FGS 2014 attendees to share thei impressions in San Antonio!

Ancestry calls FGS 2014 attendees to share their impressions in San Antonio! Sign up today.

Join us for a range of opportunities being planned at FGS in San Antonio for family history enthusiasts to share their impressions of some new and existing Ancestry features.

In other words, while you have to be present in San Antonio, you do NOT have to be an existing Ancestry customer to be of great help!   To be considered, please fill out the following online questionnaire and scheduling preferences (at the end). Incentives will include the latest version of FTM for Mac or PC, an AncestryDNA kit, OR a 6 month World Explorer subscription (for brand new members or an extension for new customers).

All testing will take place in the Convention Center Room 203B at the following times, which you will be able to select later.

  • Thursday 8/28:  1-4 PM and 7-9 PM
  • Friday 8/29:        9-12 and 2-5 PM
  • Saturday 8/30:   10 – 1 PM

If you are interested in participating, please take a second to fill out this online form:  http://ancestry.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cY16OcO5LBzfS8l

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Q&A Panel and One-on-One Consultations

After reading your registration confirmation, you may have been delighted to know that on Tuesday afternoon there would be a panel of expert genealogists to help break those brick walls. Sadly, this is not the case. The FGS Conference Committee is very sorry for not being able to offer this session and apologizes for any disappointment this may cause.

If you are planning to arrive on Tuesday, take some time to mingle with other genealogists and discuss your research.  Sharing your brick wall questions often allows you to look at them with fresh eyes or gain a new perspective from another genealogist. The expert is the one who has broken through a brick wall!

 

 

 

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Exhibitor: Texas General Land Office

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. Visit booth 332 or attend an optional workshop on Saturday, August 30.

Booth 332
http://www.glo.texas.gov/

The General Land Office was established by the 1836 Constitution for the Republic of Texas. It housed its first land records in Houston, but moved the archives to Austin in 1839. Austin residents, armed with cannon, kept the Texas Rangers from moving the records back to Houston in 1843, during what came to be known as the Archives War.

Today, the main functions of the General Land Office are earning money for the state’s Permanent School Fund, overseeing state veterans benefits, maintaining historic land records and maps and acting as steward of the state’s coast.

The General Land Office conserves and protects more than 35 million historic land documents, maps and notes that are open to the public for research. Many of these records date back to 1720 and include maps, sketches and plat maps. Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.

Highlights of the Collection:

  • Maps, sketches and plat maps contained in the GLO Archives are more than just functional – they are hand-drawn works of art. Learn More
  • Original Spanish and Mexican land grants Learn More
  • Documents dating back to 1720 establishing Mission San Jose
  • The first draft of the Texas Constitution
  • Rare copies of 1836 muster rolls and military records of Texas heroes
  • Confederate documents, including scrip certificates, letters and diaries
  • Letters and documents from Alamo and Goliad defenders, including the most well-known Alamo survivor, Susanna Dickinson
  • Original signatures of Texas patriots such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, James Bowie, and William Travis

Visit the Texas GLO at booth 332 in the Exhibit Hall on the FGS Conference or attend their Saturday workhop to learn more about researching Texas land and other records in the collection.

Saturday Workshop – Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
Speaker: James Harkins, MPA, CA
S-408, Saturday, August 30, 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
$15 fee, registration required

This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources.

Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

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Learn more about research at the Texas General Land Office

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Exhibitor: Clooz 3 Software Helps Analyze Document and Image Data

Ancestral Systems to show how Clooz 3 software helps organize and analyze your family history at FGS 2014 Conference, booth 333.

Ancestral Systems to show how Clooz 3 software helps organize and analyze your family history at FGS 2014 Conference, booth 333.

Ancestral Systems LLC, Booth 333
www.ancestralsystems.com
www.clooz.com

Ancestral Systems LLC is dedicated to providing solutions designed to help family history researchers gather, analyze, and validate clues and evidence about potential or suspected ancestors. The current main product is Clooz 3, a software program providing both data organization and analysis capabilities. Researchers can discover unknown persons of interest who show up in multiple documents; uncover relationships between people; and review documents coming from the same source. Clooz 3 lets users approach their family history using true document-based research strategies.

Clooz was originally developed by Elizabeth Kelly Kerstens, CG, of Ancestor Detective. In January 2012, Ancestral Systems acquired the program and has enhanced its capabilities. New features were added to offer a “Composite View” of people and documents, which lets the researcher explore how different people are associated with other people through the documents in which they were mentioned. Information from documents of various forms can be extracted into Clooz data-entry templates, and then exported to family tree programs such as Legacy Family Tree (RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist, and others are on the way in 2014). People listed in Clooz can be synchronized with those in other programs, and when a document is exported, Clooz transforms the information into events (birth, occupation, naturalization, etc.), allows you to add family relationships, and enters the source citation for each, all in one operation.

Stop by booth 333 or visit http://www.clooz.com/ for more information.

Directory of FGS 2014 Exhibitors

 

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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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Society Showcase: Williamson County Genealogical Society

Williamson County Genealogical Society is part of the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall.

Williamson County Genealogical Society is part of the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall.

Society Showcase:  Booth H
www.williamsontxgenealogy.org

The Williamson County Genealogical Society (WCGS) was founded in 1981 in Round Rock, Texas. Their purpose is to create and foster an interest in genealogy, to gather and preserve genealogical and historical data, to aid individuals in their genealogical research and in compiling family histories, to establish and maintain a genealogical library through purchases, contributions, and donations; and to provide educational opportunities.

WCGS is a partner with the Round Rock Public Library, which houses and maintains a joint collection of genealogical materials. This collection provides resources for both beginning and experienced family researchers. Visit the RRPL website to view the catalog.

WCGS holds ten regular meetings each year, hosts an annual day-long seminar, conducts genealogy classes and is involved in special projects, such as FamilySearch Indexing. They sponsor a Brick Wall Special Interest Group and a DNA Special Interest Group that meet throughout the year. Each year WCGS publishes ten issues of their newsletter, “The Roundup,” and four issues of their quarterly publication, “The Chisholm Trail.”

WCGS offers a Pioneer Family of Williamson County certificate to those people directly descended from any person who resided in Williamson County, Texas on or before December 31, 1880.  A list of Pioneer Certificates issued to date, sorted by ancestor, can be viewed here: Pioneer Certificates Issued

Visit the WCGS at Booth H in the Society Showcase in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall to learn more.

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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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