FGS Genealogy Conference Program 2016

From basic and introductory instruction, to methodology and problem-solving techniques, ethnic research, migration and immigration, technology, and southern and western regional topics, the choice is yours to focus on your specific interests.

Keynote Address

Genealogy Past, Present & Future

Mary M. Tedesco, J. Mark Lowe, CeCe Moore

What does the future hold for genealogy? On this special journey, we’ll explore how the science of genealogy and our research techniques have evolved over the years and explore the exciting things the future holds for our field. Will future genealogists continue to look only to the past or will their research reports include predictions about future generations?

Travel through time with Mary Tedesco, Mark Lowe, and CeCe Moore. Join us for a lighthearted journey through genealogy past, present, and future to kick off FGS 2016!

Mary M. TedescoMary M. Tedesco is a professional genealogist, cohost of Genealogy Roadshow (PBS), and founder of ORIGINS ITALY.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGAJ. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is a full-time professional researcher and educator, and former APG president and FGS officer. You will find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are? and teaching at institutes and conferences.

CeCe MooreCeCe Moore is the DNA consultant for Finding Your Roots and Genealogy Roadshow, both on PBS. She is the founder of TheDNADetectives and co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy.


Librarians' Day

Librarians' Day is sponsored by ProQuest

The Federation of Genealogical Societies would like to invite librarians, archivists, other information professionals, volunteers, and board members serving the genealogical community to attend Librarians’ Day, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This event is sponsored by ProQuest. The 2016 Librarians’ Day theme is “Sharing Ourselves and Our Collections.” The following speakers will present their unique perspectives on offering genealogical collections, oral histories, and experiences, as well as family history’s relationship with local tourism.

The morning sessions and lunch will be held at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre (700 E. Adams Street, Springfield). Afternoon sessions will be held off site at the Lincoln Library and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Attendees will have an opportunity to attend both afternoon sessions. Maps to the off-site libraries will be available.

Mark DePue
Director of Oral History, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
“Family History Beyond the Family Tree”

Robert Raymond
Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch
“FamilySearch Family History Resources for Librarians”

Curtis Mann
Historian, City of Springfield, Illinois; Manager of the Sangamon Valley Collection at Lincoln Library, the Public Library of Springfield
“A Capital Idea: A look at the Sangamon Valley Collection, the regional collection
of genealogy and history for Lincoln Library”

Curtis Mann
“Tour of Sangamon Valley Collection: A first-hand look at this well respected local
history collection”
Lincoln Library, 326 S. Seventh Street, Springfield

Bonnie Parr
Historical Documents Conservator, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
“Proper Environment, Proper Storage, Proper Handling”
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, 212 N. Sixth Street, Springfield

Registration for Librarians’ Day is $10 and includes lunch. E-mail questions to librariansday@fgs.org.

Focus on Societies

Focus on Societies Day at FGS 2016 in Springfield, IL

Wednesday’s Focus on Societies program is one way that FGS accomplishes its mission to support the needs of genealogical societies and provide leadership as an umbrella organization.

Through Focus on Societies, FGS strives to provide meaningful society management presentations designed to help societies battle those challenges in order to grow and prosper.

You don’t have to be a society officer to attend these great sessions. Each session is packed full of wonderful ideas for everyone associated with a society—officers, members, committee chairs, delegates, and volunteers. Focus on Societies, held all day Wednesday, will kick off with a welcoming session presented by FGS President D. Joshua Taylor, followed by a Plenary Session with the theme “Successfully Embracing Change.” Throughout the day, presentations that focus on the needs of genealogical societies will be offered, covering a wide array of topics including: workshop and program planning, reaching out to the next generation of genealogists, tools for managing your society, and how to be an effective leader. The midday luncheon will provide an opportunity to network with peers and participate in the always-popular “Society Shout-Out.”

New this year, Focus on Societies will feature discussion group sessions led by FGS and society leaders. These sessions are designed to be interactive opportunities for sharing ideas and experience.

Focus on Societies is a unique and exciting setting to gather together the nation’s genealogical society leadership and share issues of common concern. Networking and collaborating with other attendees is a great way to gather fresh ideas and return to your society reenergized and ready to turn those ideas into actions.

Program Overview

Sessions at this year’s conference include a wide array of offerings from many of the nation’s leading family history experts, along with top international speakers from Scotland and Australia. Four day-long tracks full of sessions aimed at strengthening research skills await you, relevant no matter what your level or area of expertise is.

Each day of the conference features strong tracks dedicated to both the United Kingdom and to continental European research in the ethnic track. Those with Midwestern roots will love the regional track. The migration track will provide many ideas for tracing how ancestors moved. Participants can put ancestors into context by researching their military experience, occupations, and religions. To stay current or expand understanding of the value of DNA and new technology tools, look for sessions on these subjects throughout the program. FGS 2016 includes something for everyone interested in exploring family history. Love workshops? If so you are going to be very pleased with the selection of nine exciting workshops. Topics include: pre-1800 Scottish and Irish research, photo identification, Google Earth, writing, self-publishing, and more. Space for these workshops is limited so be sure to sign up early!

For those wanting to network and learn over food, ten luncheons will be offered featuring some of the most educational and entertaining speakers in genealogy, all sponsored by major organizations in the field. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Whether a novice or an expert, the FGS 2016 Conference has something for everyone!

Daily Schedule

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