2014 Conference Program

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

Orphan Trains to Texas

Orphan Trains to Texas

Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. This seventy-six year experiment in child relocation is explored through a multi-media program presented by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster. You will not want to miss this emotional journey, which tells the story of unsung heroes and ordinary people.

Librarians' Day

The Federation of Genealogical Societies invites librarians, archivists and other information professionals to attend Librarian's Day 2014. This event will be held at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio. Librarians' Day is sponsored by ProQuest.  Librarians' Day

Focus on Societies

Sound Business Strategies = Strong Society Strategies

The FGS Focus on Societies Day kicks off with a first ever, half-day workshop with David Rencher and Ed Donakey. Develop a plan and tools for your society while having fun in the process. You will walk away with a workbook that includes worksheets, notes, and ideas that you can use to enhance and guide your society forward.

Join the FGS Board of Directors at the Focus on Societies Luncheon for a discussion on the current state of genealogical societies in the United States.

Afternoon sessions cover topics on strategic planning, society technology, outreach and education, strategies for success, and society projects.

We look forward to seeing and woking with you at the Society Day. Expect to learn and have fun!

Focus on Societies

Program Overview

Sessions at this year’s conference include a wide array of offerings from many of the nation’s leading family history experts and genealogical organizations.

Each day of the conference features a track, "Ethnic Origins," focusing on different ethnic groups, including German, Polish, English, Hispanic, Eastern European, Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Native American, and African American. If you have Texas ancestors, you don’t want to miss the "Texas and Neighboring States" research track.

Love workshops? You are going to be very pleased with the selection of ten exciting workshops at FGS 2014. Topics include photos, self-publishing, DNA, and many more options. Staff from the Texas State Archives and the Texas General Land Office will also be on hand to offer workshops in Texas research. Limited space is available in these workshops and they always fill up quickly, so be sure to sign up early!

For those of you who have attended FGS conferences in the past, you will notice a few changes. We have paid attention to your surveys and comments and will offer some new features at this conference.

Breaks between classes will be 45 minutes during which you can shop our wonderful vendors, enjoy a 30-minute "mini-session," or take in a vendor demonstration. The choice is yours.

We are offering two types of lunches. Some organizations will offer box lunches at $14 and some will offer the traditional hot plated lunch for $29. You will be pleased with our luncheon speakers and our luncheon menus!

Daily Schedule

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Following the keynote, Riders on the Orphan Train, the exhibit hall opens and the individual sessions begin. Topics topics include records/recources, methodology, technology, female ancestors, southern strategies and ethnic research. In addition, you might choose to participate in either of the two workhops offered on Thursday: German Gothic Handwriting or Maps. Thurday afternoon, the Polish American community in Texas is sponsoring an optional Tour to Panna Maria, the oldest Polish settlement in the U.S.

San Antonio is a destination. With that in mind, there will be no planned group event for Thursday evening. Enjoy this free evening to stroll the Riverwalk, take in an IMAX movie, walk over to the Alamo, or take a riverboat ride. The choices are endless.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday topics let you delve into more records and resources and includes sessions on research strategies, military and ethnic research, and Texas and its neighboring states. Speakers include Tom Jones, Elizabeth Shown Mills, Craig Scott, Mark Lowe and many more. Friday workshops let you explore your Scots-Irish heritage or learn how to become BCG certified, self-publish your family story, or identify the people, time and place of your family photos.

Friday evening offers a truly unique experience with A Night in Old San Antonio, festive fun-filled evening in the historical art village of La Villita. The San Antonio Conservation Society only hosts 10 of these evenings each year, so we feel fortunate to offer this to FGS participants. Tickets for this event are $35.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday offers sessions on genetics and DNA, migration, writing and publishing as well as more information about methodology and records/resources. .The Texas General Land Office and Texas State Archives offer workshops on how to access and use the variety of records in each of their collections. Plus, a special DNA workshop will include a step-by-step explanation on including genetics in your genealogical experience.

Look at the full conference brochure.

REGISTRATION is now open!