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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, www.fgsconference.org/blog.

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

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 www.fgsconference.org to register via the easy online form. Watch the conference blog at www.fgsconference.org/blog 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 www.fgsconference.org/registration.

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: www.fgsconference.org/registration 

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 www.fgsconference.org/blog just before the conference begins.

More FAQs can be found at  www.fgsconference.org/program/questions/.

See you in San Antonio!

 

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Directions and Parking in San Antonio

FGS 2014 Conference Center parking locations close to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

FGS 2014 Conference Center parking locations close to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

If you are planning to drive to San Antonio for the FGS 2014 Conference, here is some information that might help you plan your trip.

Driving Directions to Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio

PARKING GARAGES
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center (A) does not have a parking garage; however, there are several facilities nearby. The Grand Hyatt and Marina garages are the closest. Following is a list of parking facilities.

Grand Hyatt Parking Gargage (210-451-6464) Bowie & Market Streets (B)
Flat rate: $9.00 for up to 3 hours,
$15 for 3-4 hours,
$20 for 4-5 hours,
$25 for 5+ hours and overnight (per day).
Closest parking to Convention Center and Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Marina Garage (210-207-8266) Bowie & Commerce Streets (C)
Daily flat rate: $9.00
Event flat rate: $10.00
Across street from the main entrance to the Convention Center and Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Riverbend Garage (877-717-0004) Alamo & Market Streets (D)
Daily flat rate: $12.00
Event flat rate: $15.00
Overnight rate: $15.00

Tower of the Americas Parking (210-223-3101) 801 Cesar Chavez Blvd. (E)
Daily flat rate: $8.00
Event flat rate: $11.00

Click here for additional downtown parking locations

AREA ROAD CONSTRUCTION
You may also run into road construction in your travels, so check out this site for the latest details. Many of these sites can also be accessed for your smartphone. Just remember not to look at them while you’re driving!

For current highway conditions

San Antonio TransGuide provides the latest information about traffic conditions such as accidents, congestion and construction.

 

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Mobility Scooter Rental Service in San Antonio

Scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility devices are available at Tom's Wheelchairs Rental in San Antonio.

Scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility devices are available at Tom’s Wheelchairs Rental in San Antonio.

Tom’s Wheelchair Rentals in San Antonio provides a range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs for those needing these services while attending the FGS 2014 Conference.

Tom’s Wheelchair delivers to hotels, homes and condos in the San Antonio area. With advanced reservations, deliery and pick up to downtown locations are free of charge. They work closely with the hotels and are familiar with how they handle receiving, storing and holding equipment for guest pick up.

Directions, details and available products can be found at www.tomswheelchairs.com.

 

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Transportation to and around San Antonio

Getting to San Antonio is easy. Join us for the FGS 2014 Conference, 27-30 August.

Getting to San Antonio is easy. Join us for the FGS 2014 Conference, 27-30 August.

Getting to San Antonio is easy. By car, it sits in the center of Texas, just 300 miles from Dallas, 75 miles from Austin, and 200 miles from Houston. Interstates 35 and 10 intersect in San Antonio.

Traveling by plane? San Antonio International Airport is located in the north central part of the city, just 9 miles from downtown and easily accessible from major highways. Twenty airlines operate out of two terminals, providing more than one hundred flights daily to and from domestic and international destinations. Airlines include: American, Delta, US Airways, Southwest Airlines, United, and AirTran to name a few.

Once you are checked into the hotel, you can hop on one of the streetcars for a number of tours. For more information, visit www.viainfo.net. Use your smartphone to explore all the fun San Antonio has to offer. Download the free Travel Guide app at  www.gettag.mobi  or search for “Tag Reader” or “Tag app” in your mobile app store.

If you haven’t registered for the FGS 2014 Conference yet, there’s still time to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount. Register before July 1 and save.

Register online now.

 

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