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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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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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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:

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Join #GENCHAT Live Session in San Antonio


Genealogy meets social collaboration on #genchat, which will be “Live” at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, on August 29.

Do you like to get together with friends and talk about genealogy? #genchat lets you do just that on alternating Friday nights. That’s when an informal group of genealogists from around the globe gather together to discuss a pre-chosen topic that has something to do with genealogy. It all takes place on Twitter; it’s like a virtual coffee shop where genealogists meet to connect, engage, and learn from each other.

On Friday, August 29, participate in a live #genchat session at 4:00 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Room 008A at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The various social media sites have become dynamic tools for genealogists, and Twitter is no exception. See how this form of social media can be used by genealogists who have varying backgrounds, skill levels, and research focuses. You’ll find the conversation interesting and incredibly educational!  Particpants follow each other using the hashtag, #genchat.

Whether you’ve participated before or want to see what #genchat is all about, here’s a chance to get in on the conversation in San Antonio.

Conference Keeper/GenChat-2014


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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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Pay it forward!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

Check out FGS 2014 video and then register online!

The FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio will be here before you know it. Have you registered? If not, register online today.

Then pay it forward by telling your friends you’ll be “Gone to Texas” August 27-30, 2014, to spend some quality time with a group of others as passionate about researching family history as you are! Ask them to meet you there. Take a look at what’s in store for you in San Antonio.



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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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