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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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Exhibitor: Texas General Land Office

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio.

Learn how to access the Texas GLO record collections at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. Visit booth 332 or attend an optional workshop on Saturday, August 30.

Booth 332
http://www.glo.texas.gov/

The General Land Office was established by the 1836 Constitution for the Republic of Texas. It housed its first land records in Houston, but moved the archives to Austin in 1839. Austin residents, armed with cannon, kept the Texas Rangers from moving the records back to Houston in 1843, during what came to be known as the Archives War.

Today, the main functions of the General Land Office are earning money for the state’s Permanent School Fund, overseeing state veterans benefits, maintaining historic land records and maps and acting as steward of the state’s coast.

The General Land Office conserves and protects more than 35 million historic land documents, maps and notes that are open to the public for research. Many of these records date back to 1720 and include maps, sketches and plat maps. Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.

Highlights of the Collection:

  • Maps, sketches and plat maps contained in the GLO Archives are more than just functional – they are hand-drawn works of art. Learn More
  • Original Spanish and Mexican land grants Learn More
  • Documents dating back to 1720 establishing Mission San Jose
  • The first draft of the Texas Constitution
  • Rare copies of 1836 muster rolls and military records of Texas heroes
  • Confederate documents, including scrip certificates, letters and diaries
  • Letters and documents from Alamo and Goliad defenders, including the most well-known Alamo survivor, Susanna Dickinson
  • Original signatures of Texas patriots such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, James Bowie, and William Travis

Visit the Texas GLO at booth 332 in the Exhibit Hall on the FGS Conference or attend their Saturday workhop to learn more about researching Texas land and other records in the collection.

Saturday Workshop – Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
Speaker: James Harkins, MPA, CA
S-408, Saturday, August 30, 9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
$15 fee, registration required

This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources.

Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

Register online

Learn more about research at the Texas General Land Office

Directory of FGS 2014 Exhibitors

 

 

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FGS 2014 Workshops – Maps, Photos, Handwriting and more!

In addition to the sessions at the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, there are several optional two-hour workshops designed to give you hands-on experience in key areas.  You can learn more about reading German Gothic handwriting, finding maps and interpreting their symbols, how to self-publish your family story, researching your Scots-Irish ancestors, Texas land and other records, DNA and so much more!  Seating is limited so register early.

Here’s a summary of the workshops. For more information about these and all of the sessions, visit www.fgsconference.org.

A $15 workshop fee is required for most of these. Details are specified for each workshop.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
T-215 German Gothic Handwriting–Anyone Can Read It!
F. Warren Bittner, MS, CG
Learn to read German Gothic handwriting used in records of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. See handwriting examples from many areas and learn to decipher it. (B) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
T-216 Maps! Wonderful Maps!
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL and Rick Sayre, CG, CGL
In this participatory workshop, learn about resources for finding maps, interpreting their symbols and notations, and correlating other information with map data to place ancestors in time and place. (B/I/A) $15 fee; registration required)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29

9:45 am – 11:45 am
F-307 Scots-Irish Workshop
David E. Rencher, AA, CG, FUGA, FIGRS and Dean J. Hunter, AG
Participants will learn research techniques for tracing Scots-Irish ancestry and how to dissect the research problem in North America and Ireland. (B/I/A) ($15 fee, registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:00 p./m – 3:00 pm
F-323 Self-Publishing for Genealogists
Lisa A. Alzo, MFA
You’ve done the research, written the content – now what? Learn the tips, tricks, and tools you need to self-publish your work successfully. (B/I/A) $!5 fee; registration required)

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
F-308 BCG Certification Workshop
If you are curious about the Board for Certification of Genealogists, how it can help you, and the application process and requirements, then this is the interactive session for you! (B/I/A) (No fee; seating limited; registration required)
Sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
F-324 Photo Detecting 101
Maureen A. Taylor
Learn ten easy steps to help identify family photographs such as researching photographers, dating costume clues and comparing facial characteristics. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
S-408 Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office
James Harkins, MPA, CA
This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas General Land Office. Learn how to access the GLO’s variety of records, focusing on the period immediately before the Texas Revolution, the Republic era, and early Texas statehood, and including land grants, various Special Collections and the GLO’s many online resources. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by Texas State Genealogical Society

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
S-423 Genealogical Resources at the Texas State Archives
Jelain Chubb, Laura Saegert, and John Anderson
This workshop covers the historical and archival resources of the Texas State Archives. Learn how to access the Archives’ variety of records, including those from various eras of Texas history and the less-used, but no less useful, collections of court records and prints and photographs. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

9:45 AM – 11:45 AM
S-409 Taller de genealogía hispana
Lynn Turner, AG, and Debbie Gurtler, AG
Ven a descubrir recursos útiles, metodología, y técnicas eficaces de búsqueda para genealogía hispana. Estas técnicas funcionan para toda América Latina y España. (Workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish.) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
S-424 DNA Workshop
Ugo Perego, PhD, MSc
A step-by-step explanation on including genetics in your genealogical experience, from test selection to using your DNA results to expand your family tree. (B/I/A) ($15 fee; registration required)
Sponsored by FamilySearch

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