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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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FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus Available Online

How can it be well into August already? We are now just days away from the 2014 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in San Antonio. Conference committee members from across the U.S. and representatives from the Texas State Genealogical Society and San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society are working to make sure this year’s conference meets every expectation.

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

FGS 2014 Conference Syllabus is online!

The syllabus is online

The syllabus is now online and available for downloading. Of course, if you’ve been following the FGS 2014 Conference blog, you already know that! Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/account/login/ and sign in with your Username and Password. Click on “Download your syllabus” in the rectangle at the top of the screen.

What are the benefits of an online syllabus?

  • You can look at it before coming to the conference and use it to help you choose which sessions to attend. Viewing the syllabus materials beforehand can help you decide if a session is just what you need.
  • Use it to help you decide between classes when you are having trouble making a choice.
  • Save the syllabus to your laptop, smartphone, or tablet and take the digital copy with you to your conference sessions.
  • Or print the syllabus pages for sessions you plan to attend. You can take notes right on these pages. If you like having the syllabus with you, this will make for a much lighter load than carrying the whole printed syllabus around the convention center.
  • If you need to print syllabus pages while you’re at the conference, be sure to visit the Cyber Café in the Exhibit Hall, sponsored by Findmypast, Dell, and Lexmark, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dell and Lexmark have generously provided computers and printers for your convenience.

Last call to add to your registration

While you are logged into your account, check to be sure that you have registered for any luncheons, workshops, or special events that you want to attend. If you need help logging into your account, visit our Registration FAQs page. The last day to add luncheons and special events to your registration online is Tuesday, August 19. There might be a few tickets left for these events when you arrive at Registration, but this is not guaranteed!

Onsite registration

Every registrant needs to stop at the Registration area in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to pick up his or her Conference tote bag, filled with all of the materials and information needed for the week: Onsite Conference Guide, name badge, special offers, event tickets and wristbands, syllabus on CD, and other items. If you ordered a printed syllabus, this is where you pick it up. FGS welcomes onsite conference registrations for those unable to plan ahead.

Onsite registration hours

Tuesday: 3 pm-7 pm
Wednesday: 7 am-11:30 am; 1 pm-6 pm
Thursday: 7 am-2 pm
Friday: 7:30 am -10 am
Saturday: 7:30 am-10 am

Conference Onsite Guide

Each registrant receives this handy guide that will answer just about every question you might have about the conference and related events. It includes important FGS conferences policies, as well as general information. A program grid tells in what room each lecture, workshop, or luncheon will be held plus a description of each session to help you decide what to attend. Also included are layout maps of the convention center and exhibit hall to help orient you to the conference space; maps showing convenient parking; and maps for those walking to the evening events.

Exhibit Hall

The large Exhibit Hall is open to both registrants and non-registrants.

Thursday: 9:30 am-5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am-5 pm
Saturday: 9 am-3:00 pm

Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center Parking

A city parking garage is located next to the Marriott Riverwalk hotel and across Market Street from the Convention Center. There is also a lot between the Convention Center and the Institute for Texan Cultures. Several surface parking lots are within two blocks of the convention center.

Name Badges

Please wear your conference name badge for entry into session rooms and for admittance to the Exhibit Hall. If you are registered for a specific day, you may only attend sessions on that day.

Special Events

The evening events – the Institute of Texan Cultures and A Night in Old San Antonio – both require pre-registration. A wristband is required for admittance to each event and will be in your registration packet. The tour to Panna Maria also requires pre-registration. A wristband is required to board the bus.

What to wear?

This is Texas in the summertime, so wear what makes you the most comfortable. But, Texans know how to do air conditioning, so be prepared for cooler temperatures in the session rooms. The evening events are casual. In particular, since A Night in Old San Antonio on Friday is outdoors, wear something cool. Everything is close, but still don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes.

See you in San Antonio!

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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.

Directory of Society Showcase Exhibitors

 

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Exhibitor Profile: Newspapers.com

Booth # 208

Check newspaper archives to find your ancestors. Learn more in the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall.

Check newspaper archives to find your ancestors. Learn more in the FGS 2014 Exhibit Hall.

Have you read a newspaper lately?  Newspapers are a wonderful source of news about your ancestors.

Newspapers.com is the online home of 70+ million pages of historical newspapers from 3100 newspapers from around the United States and beyond. Millions of additional pages are added every month. Newspapers provide a unique view of the past and can help us understand and connect with the people, events and attitudes of an earlier time.

FGS 2014 Exhibitor Directory

 

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Society Showcase

Registration will open soon for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. With our local hosts, the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society, we are truly excited about this outstanding genealogical event!

FGS invites all member societies to reserve a table in the FGS 2014 Society Showcase. Society Showcase’s strategic location adjacent to the FGS booth in the exhibit hall will draw plenty of visitors to your table.

Each society is encouraged to decorate their table with an attractive theme to be eligible to win a one-year membership in FGS for their society.

This year, Society Showcase participants can also opt to host a table at the FGS Luncheon on Wednesday. Society members and leaders can combine networking, learning, socializing, eating, marketing, and fun all in one neat event!

Contact Polly Kimmitt at societyshowcase@fgs.org for more information.

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