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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 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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FGS 2014 Conference in the News


Read the rest of the story as the San Antonio Express welcomes FGS 2014 Conference






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Limited Tickets for Closed Out “Night in Old San Antonio”

Learn how you can get tickets to "Sold Out" Night in Old San Antonio for Friday, August 29.

Limited tickets available for “Sold Out” Night in Old San Antonio on Friday, August 29 as part of FGS 2014 celebration. Help Preserve the Pensions for the War of 1812.

Ed Donakey is offering free tickets for the closed out Night In Old San Antonio being held on Friday evening for the first twenty-five (25) people who sponsor him for $100 or more. This is a $35 value IF there were tickets available. As the Conference Chair he has access to a few remaining tickets and is not above opening the gates for a good cause! That is a closed out all you can eat function on Friday evening.

Walk sponsors would be able to join us for a festive evening filled with fun, characters, food, and music in the historical art village of La Villita. Mariachis will welcome you into the plaza where you will be entertained by a traditional band and folkloric dancing. Enjoy a HUGE Mexican buffet, including beef and chicken fajitas, aguacates (stuffed half avocado), chicken flautas, chalupas, quesadillas, Texas Caviar, handmade tortillas with cheese & salsa, a dessert cart, and ice tea & lemonade. A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine Sangria, tequila margaritas, and soft drinks. The San Antonio Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these evenings each year, so we feel fortunate to offer this to our conference participants.

For a $100 sponsorship you would get a free Preserve the Pension Tee Shirt and entrance to A Night in Old San Antonio!

These tickets are sold out and are not available in any other way! Support the Preserve the Pension project and have fun at A Night in Old San Antonio. There are two ways to received Ed’s limited offer. Be one of the first twenty-five people to either:

1)  Visit the Preserve The Pension booth on Thursday or Friday in the exhibit hall to make your donation and receive your shirt and NIOSA ticket; or

2)  Go immediately to to support this meaningful cause. Be sure to select Ed Donakey in the “Honors and Tributes” area. Then bring your verification to the Preserve The Pension booth to pick up your shirt and NIOSA ticket.

Remember that this is a limited offering. Only the first 25 people receive the shirt and the NIOSA ticket!

We are trying to have fun with this contest, but in reality we are supporting a meaningful and important project. The pension files that are being digitized contain significant genealogical data and are being made available to the entire world for free. Please contribute what you can and sponsor one of the walkers so that we can finish this project. Every penny counts and is appreciated.

“Thank you for your support!”

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FUN WALK For the Preserve the Pensions (War of 1812)

Join FGS on Saturday, August 30, at 6:30 a.m. for a Fun Walk to the Alamo and help Preserve War of 1812 Pensions.

Join FGS on Saturday, August 30, at 6:30 a.m. for a Fun Walk to the Alamo and help Preserve War of 1812 Pension records.

After several days of stimulating classes, are you ready to stretch your legs and take in the early morning cool fresh air? Why not join us for a little “walk about”, Saturday (30 August) morning at 6:30 a.m. for a one mile jaunt to “The Alamo” and back.

We will assemble at the “Tower of the Americas” located on the west end of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. From there we will walk (and for those of you who wish – run) to “The Alamo” and return. This will take about thirty minutes. Not only will you stretch your legs; but you will contribute to the “Preserve The Pensions,” which is raising funds to digitize the War of 1812 pensions. But wait, you will also get to wear a unique T-shirt especially designed for this first time event!

Each dollar raised is doubled by FGS, which in turn is doubled by! So please join us in this great endeavor to preserve the records of our gallant servicemen and women who fought in the war many consider America’s Second Revolution. This is the war that truly made us free!

But wait, you say that you are unable to walk that far and you wish to have a shirt! No problem, just sponsor someone else to walk in your place (and that person could already be walking).

COST:    $25.00

Registration:  Preserve the Pension Vendor booth in the Exhibit Hall (booth #506, 508)

Time:    6:30 a.m., 30 August 2014

Place:    Tower of the Americas just west of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Cause:  Preserve The Pensions for the War of 1812 (All funds go directly to the Cause).


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FAQs about the FGS 2014 Conference

Learn more about the FGS 2014 Conference, August 27-30, in San Antonio, Texas on the conference blog,

Stay up-to-date with the latest information about the FGS 2014 Conference, August 27-30, in San Antonio, Texas at

Gone to Texas, August 27-30, 2014

In just a few weeks, the nation’s genealogists will gather in San Antonio for the FGS 2014 Conference – “Gone to Texas.”  Here are some of the frequently asked questions we’ve received. If you have a question not covered here, don’t hesitate to ask it! If one person has a question, it’s likely someone else has the same or similar question.

May I still register for the Conference?
Yes, you may. Visit the Conference website at to register via the easy online form. Watch the conference blog at for last minute information on transportation, events, speakers, workshops, and things to do in San Antonio. You may also register at the door.

Do I have to be a member of FGS to register for this conference?
No. In fact, FGS does not have individual memberships. FGS members are genealogical societies. That results in representation of thousands of members of those societies. You also do not need to be a member of one of these societies to register for the FGS conference. If you are interested in genealogical research, you are invited to join in on the conference education and fun. Anyone can register for the FGS 2014 Conference at

I have already registered for the conference but now I want to add a luncheon or an evening event; can I do that?
Yes, it’s very easy. Revisit the FGS Conference website and login using the PIN number you received after you registered. Follow the steps on the screen and add the meals or events to your existing registration.

I am not sure which lectures I will be attending. Do I have to select them now?
The primary reason we ask you to select the sessions you will attend is to help the individuals doing the space planning. Knowing how many people to expect for an individual lectures helps insure that the room is the right size.

What do I do when I arrive at the convention center?
Be sure to stop by registration when you arrive during posted hours. Here you will pick up your tote bag, name tag, meal and special event tickets, onsite guide with exhibit hall information and maps and other goodies. Registration is open on Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and it opens on Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m. For the complete registration schedule, visit: 

How do I locate where a lecture, workshop or luncheon is being held after I arrive at the conference?
When you pick up your registration materials, a Conference Guide will be included that lists the rooms each specific lecture is in along with a layout map. Another part of the booklet links vendors to their booth numbers and gives a layout map of the Exhibit Hall. Much of this information will be available on the conference website as well and accessible via the FGS mobile app. Details will be posted on the conference blog at just before the conference begins.

More FAQs can be found at

See you in San Antonio!


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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 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!

Register now to be part of this exciting event.

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Hotel Rooms Added at Marriott Rivercenter for FGS 2014

Marriott Rivercenter Add More Rooms for FGS 2014.

FGS adds room at the Marriott Rivercenter for FGS 2014 Conference.

Additional hotel rooms are available at the Marriott Rivercenter for the FGS 2014 Conference! The Marriott Rivercenter is at 101 Bowie Street on the banks of the River Walk and near the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  Reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 1-210-223-1000. Be sure to mention FGS to receive the conference rate.

Marriott Rivercenter


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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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An Evening at the Institute of Texan Cultures

Join FGS on Wednesday evening, August 27, 2014, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm for some barbecue and a visit to the Institute of Texas Cultures.

Institute of Texan CulturesRarely has there been an evening event more suited to genealogists! Co-hosts, the San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society will welcome FGS attendees to this amazing museum which showcases the ethnic and cultural history of Texas.  Exhibits in the Texans One and All collections tell the stories of the people who settled in Texas, including Hispanic, English, Irish, Scottish, Jewish, French, Lebanese, Belgian, Dutch, Greek, Italian, Swiss, Japanese, Chinese, Polish, Czech, German, Wendish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, African American, Native American, and Hungarian.  The museum offers both permanent and rotating exhibits that display artifacts of Texans past and present.

The museum opened as the Texas State Exhibits Pavilion, which was built for the 1968 HemisFair celebration. In early 2010, it formalized an agreement with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. which grants the institute access to Smithsonian artifacts, education and much more. It is located in downtown San Antonio

Begin your evening with appetizers, and then enjoy a true Texas barbecue dinner, including slow-smoked beef brisket and chicken, potato salad, beans, rolls, dessert, and iced tea.

Explore the Institute at your leisure. An air-conditioned motor coach will be available to transport you from your hotel to the Institute or feel free to walk the short distance.

This event is sponsored in part by FamilySearch.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased online when you register.

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