FGS 2014 Articles
Below are articles that have been written about the FGS 2014 conference.
- FGS 2014 - Fall FORUM article (PDF)
- Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference Preview, May/June 2014 issue of Family Chronicle
You can read more articles about the conference on the FGS Conference Blog.
Articles for Societies
Below are articles that societies can use in theIR publications. You might also want to add a conference logo.
- Sessions at FGS 2014 Conference - half page (DOCX)
- The Missions of San Antonio - full page (DOCX)
- The Missions of San Antonio - half page (DOCX)
- The Institute of Texas Cultures - half page (DOCX)
- San Antonio Research Opportunities - half page (DOCX)
Here are some story ideas and angles related to the FGS 2014 Conference as well as the soaring popularity of family history among the general population. See the Graphics page of the FGS 2014 Media Center for conference graphics to use with your article.
Why Is Family History Popular?
Ask anyone who has attended a previous FGS conference how they got involved in tracing their roots and if they've found any interesting ancestors or stories. Talk to members in local societies to get a sense of what their family history means to them personally.
Preserve the Pensions!
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is working to preserve our nations' records. Ask FGS officers about its "Preserve the Pensions" fundraising efforts to digitize the War of 1812 files at the National Archives.
This Is Not Your Grandmother's Genealogy!
The face of genealogy is constantly changing and includes a varied demographic. The industry is seeing huge increases in popularity with first-time mothers, Baby Boomers who've recently retired as well as the Silver Surfers (seniors on the Internet). Talk with representatives of our Platinum sponsors FamilySearch, findmypast.com and Ancestry.com about the popularity of its websites, databases and the community of genealogists each of them has built.
Why Do Genealogy Societies Matter?
The Federation of Genealogical Societies is all about helping genealogy societies succeed. Our member societies may focus on specific ethnic groups, specific geographic locations, specific surnames, and more. Genealogy societies are often the first local contact a person interested in family history has with others also interested in genealogy. Several conference lecturers address how societies can attract new members. Visit the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society or Texas State Genealogical Society booth to talk with society members about their programs.
Family History Goes High Tech!
21st Century technology allows genealogists to find out more about their ancestors. Advances in DNA testing provide genealogists a global picture of where they came from. Several DNA-related genealogy vendors are in the Exhibit Hall, available for interviews and more information. Social media has taken the family history world by storm. Various genealogy bloggers will be working in the Media Hub and can help with stories on how they've met cousins on Facebook, how they've used Twitter to solve family mysteries, and how they've used blogs to document the stories of their ancestors. From computer software to electronic databases, online indexing projects to wikis, people are connecting in ways unheard of even a decade ago.