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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!