FGS 2017 Fact Sheet

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), along with local host, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS), will be holding its annual conference – Building Bridges to the Past – in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from Wednesday,  August 30 to Saturday, September 2, 2017. Here are some facts and figures about the conference and its impact on the genealogical community as well as the economy of Pittsburgh and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

  • FGS has 500+ member societies representing more than 500,000 genealogists.
  • FGS was formed in 1976 when it was chartered by the State of Illinois. The first national FGS conference was held in Decatur, Illinois in Fall, 1981.
  • The upcoming Building Bridges to the Past conference will attract close to 2,000 attendees from all over the United States and the world. 
  • The conference in Pittsburgh boasts 145 lectures and 8 workshops/seminars presented by the nation's leading genealogical speakers.
  • Social events include the Gateway Clipper Dinner Cruise and Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds.
  • Keynote speaker: Rick Sebak, film director and producer who lives and works in Pittsburgh. Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries now celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.
  • FGS is looking forward to another exciting Exhibit Hall at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The Hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases, and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians. The FGS Exhibit Hall is open to the public at no charge Thursday through Saturday.
  • The host hotels, the Westin Convention Center and Omni William Penn Hotel, are solidly booked with conference attendees.
  • FGS conference attendees and their families will flock to restaurants, shops, research facilities, and historic sites.

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