FGS 2016 Memorial Lectures

FGS is pleased to announce the speakers for the James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture and the Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture.

The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture

The James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture honors the late Jimmie Walker, one of the most popular and respected lecturers and archivists in the field of family history. His thirty-year career included participation in the annual Institute of Genealogical Research (now known as the National Institute on Genealogical Research) and supervision of the Military Service Records Section at the National Archives. He conducted pioneering research on minorities in the American Revolution and helped thousands of genealogists during his career.

Tony Burroughs, FUGA

FGS is pleased to announce Tony Burroughs, FUGA as the presenter of the 2016 James Dent Walker Lecture.

Accepting this honor, Mr. Burroughs said, “Thank you - I accept the honor. Jimmy was my mentor.” His topic is After You Identify the Slave Owner.

The Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture

Chuck Knuthson served the FGS Board of Trustees as a member, Vice-President of Administration and Treasurer. He was a friend to everyone he met in the genealogical community. A police captain by profession, Chuck also was a professional genealogist who researched for more than thirty years. After a courageous three-year battle with cancer, Chuck passed away in 2008. In honoring him, FGS recognizes Chuck's genealogical interests in German research and involving young people in family history.

John Philip Colletta, PhD

John Philip Colletta, PhD, will present the Knuthson lecture, entitled “I knew Chuck Knuthson,” said Colletta, “and I am familiar with his memorial lecture at FGS conferences. I would be thrilled and honored to have my “The Germanic French; Researching Alsatian and Lorrainian Families” lecture designated as the Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture of 2016.”

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