Online registration has closed. Walk-in registrations are welcome in Fort Wayne starting Tuesday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. 

Join fellow genealogists and family historians for the FGS 2018 National Conference at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 22–August 25. Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with local host Allen County Public Library, FGS 2018 brings you sessions with a wide variety of topics from many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.

Learn from Experts. Visit Exhibitors. Meet Old & New Friends.

Learn from leading family history speakers and educators. Visit companies and organizations providing products and services that will benefit your research. Meet up with old friends and make new ones. Leave FGS 2018 with a renewed enthusiasm for family history and ready to tackle those challenging research projects.

Whether you are just starting to research your family tree or have been an avid genealogist for years, the FGS 2018 Conference is an event you won’t want to miss.

FGS 2018 Conference Area: Fort Wayne

Allen County Public Library

Fort Wayne offers ample dining options when you are ready to wind down from a full day of learning.  Of course, the Allen County Public Library is not to be missed and it's so close to the Grand Wayne Conference Center.

Abundant historical and cultural attractions are available within walking distance of the convention center. More information is available at VisitFortWayne.

Grand Wayne Convention Center (GWCC)

The Grand Wayne Convention Center is conveniently located across from the Allen County Public Library. Opening sessions, conference session, and the exhibit hall will be held primarily on the first floor with the remaining sessions on the second. 

Several parking garages are near the convention center. View locations, rates and other details about parking.

Visit the GWCC website for additional information.


Registrants with special needs requirements as outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must notify FGS in writing of their special needs by July 15, 2018.

Anyone requiring a wheelchair or scooter must make arrangements to bring or rent one. Scooter and wheelchair rental is available from James Medical Rental and Sales.

The Grand Wayne Convention Center, Allen County Public Library, and the conference hotels are completely ADA accessible.