Special Events

Librarians’ Day

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Federation of Geneological Societies would like to invite librarians, archivists, other information professionals, volunteers, and board members serving the genealogical community to attend Librarians’ Day. This event is sponsored by ProQuest. The 2016 Librarians’ Day theme is “Sharing Ourselves and Our Collections.”

Tickets: $10


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Farms and Families: Across the Decades

Wednesday Evening - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Old-style wooden windmill in farmyard of Martin Myre's farm near Seneca, Illinois

Old-style wooden windmill in farmyard of Martin Myre's farm near Seneca, Illinois

Wednesday Social Event Quilt at #FGS2016

Sponsored by FamilySearch and co-hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society

Begin your FGS 2016 conference experience reflecting upon the importance of agriculture to our ancestors. Enjoy a leisurely evening learning about Illinois farms, families, and agriculture across the decades. Relax and catch up with friends while enjoying a light hors d’oeuvres menu highlighting Illinois agricultural products. 

Farms are not just parcels of land; they are also the families that have lived and worked the land. See how crops, animals, and machinery have changed over the years. Would you find a Rhode Island Red or a Buckeye on an Illinois farm? Centennial and sesquicentennial farms and families will be highlighted along with favorite farms submitted by fellow genealogists. 

Complete your ledger page with the facts about Illinois agriculture to enter a drawing for door prizes including the beautiful quilt designed for this event

Tickets: $15


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Meet & Greet

Thursday Evening - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet & Greet at FGS 2016 in Springfield, IL #FGS2016

Sponsored by Ancestry

Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies for an evening of network ing and sharing. Learn how others approach their research, Connect with the greater FGS “Genealogical Family,” and Succeed in your ancestral quest in new ways! A delicious buffet meal will be served. 

Hot Dinner Buffet: Spring Mix Salad; Seasonal Fresh Fruit; Chef Selection of Starch and Vegetable; Signature Bread Basket; *Roast Pork Loin with Maderia Sauce; Five Cheese Pasta Purse with Pesto Cream Sauce; *London Broil in Wild Mushroom Sauce; Chef's Selection of Cakes, Pies, Tarts; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water 
*Indicates Gluten Free Item

Tickets: $20


FGS 40th Anniversary Gala

FGS 40th Anniversary Gala

Friday Evening - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an historic evening of celebration and activities as we look back on the history of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, meet new friends, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

This year’s gala will feature a look back at the achievements of FGS and its member societies over the past forty years.

Want to give your sleuthing skills a test? Want to test your knowledge of the history of FGS? The year's event will play host to the premiere of the FGS Family History Quest. Stroll down memory lane with FGS as you have the opportunity to win prizes, including subscriptions to your favorite genealogical websites, products and services from the exhibit hall, and more.

Menu: *Raspberry Field Greens Salad, a Blend of Field Greens with Hearts of Palm, Raspberries, Toasted Pignoli Nuts, and a Raspberry Vinaigrette; *Grilled Chicken Provencal, Grilled Chicken Breast Topped with Tomato, Red Onion, Roasted Garlic, Shredded Asiago Cheese and Drizzled with a Balsamic Reduction; Sweet Basil Risotto; Petite Green Beans; *Flourless Chocolate Torte; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
Vegetarian Option: *Raspberry Field Greens Salad, a Blend of Field Greens with Hearts of Palm, Raspberries, Toasted Pignoli Nuts, and a Raspberry Vinaigrette; *Sun Dried Tomato and Asparagus Risotto, Creamy Risotto with Sun Dried Tomato, Asparagus, and Grilled Vegetable; *Flourless Chocolate Torte; Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Water
*Indicates Gluten Free Item

Tickets: $35

Register Now!