Program Schedule

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Sessions at the FGS 2018 conference include a wide array of offerings from many of the nation’s leading family history experts and genealogical organizations. Tip: Click the  to view the sessions.  Once the sessions are in view, click the + for the description. Click the speaker's name to see the bio. 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday


8:30-9:45 AM

The Importance of Story: Tangible Tales of Impact
Whether sharing your family story with family members or working with the media, telling a story in a clear, interesting manner is key.

10:00-12:00 PM

Society Management Workshop
by Ed Donakey , David E. Rencher AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS
Sponsored by FamilySearch
Learn how to incorporate proven management principles to break down barriers and strengthen your society. (Wednesday workshops are included in registration at no extra charge.)

12:15-1:15 PM

FGS Luncheon: Eyes Toward the Future
Sponsored by Federation of Genealogical Societies
Joint presentation by FGS Board Members and/or Committee Members. Tickets $25 (advance purchase required)

1:30-3:30 PM

Leadership and Conflict Resolution Workshop
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
Learn the secrets of effectively navigating conflicts and communications in the family history community whether you hold a leadership position inside or outside the industry or are simply an avid researcher.
Effectively Using Social Media for Your Society Workshop
by Amy Johnson Crow MLIS, CG, OGSF
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of social media as well as reviewing how your society can get the most out of it. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.
BCG Certification Seminar
Sponsored by Board for Certification of Genealogists
Thinking about the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the ways it can help you, and navigating the application process and requirements? This interactive session is for you!
Interactive Seminar

4:00-5:00 PM

Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future
by Judy G. Russell JD, CG, CGL
Records preservation is essential to the future of genealogy, and no-one is more important to that effort than genealogical societies and their members.

6:00-9:00 PM

Celebrating Societies: A Networking Reception and Poster Session
A reception to celebrate the wonderful things each society has done and to network with different genealogists and societies. Tickets $15 (advance purchase required)
Evening Event
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday