Lunch & Learn in Springfield

Meals are an integral part of FGS conferences, and because this is an educational conference, the meal options are combined with learning opportunities. You need not be a member of these organizations in order to participate in the luncheon activities.

Here is a summary of organizations that will host these nourishing, entertaining and educational midday gatherings. Menus for each day follow the list of programs.

Wednesday Luncheon 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Focus on Societies Luncheon:  The State of Our Societies

by FGS Leadership

Join FGS leadership for an in-depth look at the current state of our societies across the United States. Trends relating to membership growth, marketing activities, educational initiatives, and other activities will be discussed. Time will also be reserved for “Society Shout-Out,” offering you the opportunity to share successes from your society from the past year. This session also includes the FGS Annual Business Meeting and other important activities for society leaders and FGS delegates.

  • Menu: Warm Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich, Tender Roast Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Horseradish Sauce (on side) Served on a French Roll; Potato Salad; Chocolate Raspberry Cake; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free Option: Chef Salad; Potato Salad; Chocolate Mousse; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Tickets: $25

Thursday Luncheons 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

T-211 FamilySearch Luncheon: FamilySearch: Past, Present and Future

by Robert L. Kehrer, MBA

FamilySearch has undergone a transformation over the last few years. We'll take a look at the numbers and the features comparing what was available a couple of years ago with the rich feature-set today. Where possible we'll walk through soon-to-be-released new features.

T-212 New England Historic Genealogical Society Luncheon: Tales from the Trenches: Stories from the NEHGS Reference Desk

by David Allen Lambert

A light-hearted talk about silly and absurd reference questions.

  • Menu: Warm Smoked Ham and Cheddar Plated Sandwich, Layered Smoked Ham topped with Aged Cheddar on a Kaiser Bun with Dijon Honey Mustard, Sliced Tomato, Pickle, and Pepperoncini; Pasta Salad; Vanilla Cherry Parfait; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free Option: Grilled Portabella Wrap With Roasted Pepper, Red Onion, Fresh Basil and Chopped Romaine Lettuce with a Balsamic Drizzle in a Gluten Free Tortilla; Tomato Basil Salad; Vanilla Mousse; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Tickets: $25

Friday Luncheons 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

F-324 Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon: Hoosier Daddy?: Real Time Genealogy, Surprises Encountered, and Lessons Learned Michael

by D. Lacopo, DVM

When “Hoosier Daddy?” hit the blogosphere the intent was to provide a public tutorial on using autosomal DNA in genealogical research. The result was a roller coaster adventure, a Whodunit? mystery with plot twists, surprise endings, and a greater appreciation for the art of storytelling in genealogy. Learn behind-the-scenes anecdotes, a few spoilers, and how the blog has changed his perception of genealogical research today. Hear an emotional talk that should touch everyone's hearts!

F-325 Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Luncheon: Remember Me: Lifestreaming and the Modern Genealogist

by Thomas MacEntee

With a constant emphasis on preserving the memories of our ancestors, are we “walking the walk” when it comes to documenting our own lives? There has never been a better time for genealogists and family historians to embrace a new storytelling format: lifestreaming. With new ways to tell our own stories, do you have a plan to leave your own legacy?

F-326 National Genealogical Society Luncheon: Echoes from North Carolina

by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA

Come learn why the stories from the Mountains across the Piedmont to the Outer Banks, may lead to strategies and a better understanding of why you should consider developing your research plan for North Carolina roots.

  • Menu: Turkey and Havarti Croissant, Thin Sliced Turkey and Havarti Cheese with a Cranberry Mayonnaise with Green Leaf Lettuce; Southern Style Potato Salad; Vanilla Blueberry Cheesecake; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free Option: Grilled Vegetable Wrap, Variety of Seasonal Fresh vegetables, Grilled and Sauced with Balsamic Vinaigrette, in a Gluten Free Tortilla; Potato Salad; Cheesecake; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Tickets: $25

Saturday Luncheons 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

S-424 Illinois State Genealogical Society Luncheon: Old World to New: Memories Through Time

by Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

So much of what makes us 21st-century Americans comes from the stories of our immigrant ancestors: what they left behind, what they found here, what we can learn from them—and about them.

S-425 International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Luncheon: Lenses of Time

by Helen V. Smith

We research our ancestors' lives but making them more than names, places, and dates means understanding and viewing their lives through the legal, social, and emotional contexts of the time.

S-426 New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: PERSI 3.0: New Possibilities from an Old Research Companion

by Curt Witcher, MLS, FUGA, IGSF

New features make PERSI an even more trusted research companion for literature searches.

  • Menu: Home-style Chicken Salad Wrap, Classic Chicken Salad with Fresh Lettuce and Tomato in a Whole Wheat Tortilla; Fruit Cup; Lemon Almond Cake; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free Option: Grilled Portabella Wrap, with Roasted Pepper, Red Onion, Fresh Basil and Chopped Romaine Lettuce with a Balsamic Drizzle in a Gluten Free Tortilla; Fruit Cup; Ice Cream; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
  • Tickets: $25

See the Conference Brochure for menus and pricing as well as details about the presentations.  If you have already registered and want to attend one of these luncheons, you can still log on to your account and add the luncheons.  Purchase your tickets in advance to insure you have a place at the table!