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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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Exhibitor: RootsMagic

Learn more about RootsMagic products for family history researchers in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall, booth #112, in San Antonio, 27-30 August.

Booth #112

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc. has been creating computer software with a special purpose – to unite families. One of their earliest products, the popular “Family Origins” software, introduced thousands of people to the joy and excitement of family history.

That tradition continues today with RootsMagic, their award-winning genealogy software which makes researching, organizing, and sharing family history fun and easy. “Personal Historian” helps researchers write and preserve their ancestors’ life stories. “Family Reunion Organizer” takes the headaches out of planning important family get-togethers. RootsMagic’s newest product, “Family Atlas,” makes creating custom family maps fun and easy.

Visit RootsMagic in the FGS 2014 Conference Exhibit Hall, booth #112.

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FGS 2014 Conference Directory of Exhibitors

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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

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 for more information.

Directory of FGS 2014 Exhibitors


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Exhibitor Profile: MyHeritage

Visit MyHeritage in booth 420 in the Exhibit Hall at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Visit MyHeritage in booth 420 in the Exhibit Hall at FGS 2014 in San Antonio.

Booth 420

MyHeritage is a family history network helping millions of families around the world discover and share their legacy online. As technology thought leaders and innovators, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible, exciting and easier than ever before. MyHeritage empowers its global community of users with unique social tools, a massive library of historical content and powerful search and data matching technologies.

Their service offers a searchable collection of more than 5 billion historical records, including birth, marriage, death, census, immigration, military and other records from every corner of the globe. It includes the complete US censuses available from 1790 to 1940, the world’s largest historical newspaper collection, and large collections of gravestone photos. The site is home to more than 1.5 billion family tree profiles and 200 million historical photos contributed by 75 million users from all around the world.

The service is available in 40 languages. To begin building your tree online, visit

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Exhibitor Spotlight – Backblaze

Booth #525

Visit Backblaze in booth #525 FGS 2014

Visit Backblaze in booth #525 FGS 2014

Have you backed up your family photos, research records, and genealogy files? “Backblaze’s backup application is one of the easiest to use,” according to The New York Times. Stop by their booth (#535) in the Exhibit Hall at FGS in San Antonio and see for yourself!

Backblaze automatically, continuously, and safely backs up all data from a PC or Mac for just $5 per month, $50 per year, or $95 for two years and enables users to restore or remotely access their files online, on their phone, or via hard drive delivery. Backblaze was chosen as the Best Online Backup Service of 2012 by, picked as a 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards winner, and selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global Top 250 private companies. They also offer a mobile app called Backblaze Mobile.  Hear what their users are saying at

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Technology Track – Writing & Publishing

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Technology makes telling your family stories easier

Everybody has at least one family history story to tell!  Today it is easier than ever to share those stories.

Several sessions on the Technology Track at the FGS 2014 Conference focus on Writing and Publishing, including using the latest technology to make your story interesting. Take some time to learn how to bring your ancestors to life.


T-221 Publish! Bringing it All Together on a Mac, Laura G. Prescott
Genealogists are using Macs to publish. The possibilities are boundless as technology makes it easier, more interesting, and more affordable than ever to turn publishing dreams into realities. A Mac makes it intuitive and fun!

T-237 Publish Your Genealogy Online, Laura G. Prescott
Discover the options for publishing your genealogy online. Explore choices you can make for appearance, access, costs, and privacy. Learn simple, attractive solutions to show off your research.

S-405 To Blog or Not to Blog: Sharing Your Research, Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL
Explore using a blog as a research log and sharing your genealogical research with others.

S-415 Can I Use That in My Genealogy? What You Should Know About Copyright, Thomas MacEntee
Learn the basics of US copyright law and how you can still use copyrighted items such as documents, articles and photographs as part of your genealogy research.

S-431 Elements Essential for a Polished Family History, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Attendees will learn about clear and structured writing, genealogical organization and format, and other aspects giving family histories meaning, respectability, and lasting value.

S-439 DIgital Storytelling for Genealogists, Sandra J. Crowley
Telling your family story requires more than “just the facts” or a few photos. Learn how to plan your message and use the tools and technology available to help you tell it effectively and share it with friends and family.

S-446 Social History and Genealogy: Writing Family Narrative, Diane Van Skiver Gagel, MA
This lecture gives an overview of using social history to fill in the gaps in a family narrative when all we have are dates and places.

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