Program Schedule

View by: Day | Speaker | Track
Tip: Click the ⋁ to view the sessions.  Once the sessions are in view, click the + for the description.  Click the speaker's name to see the bio. 
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Wednesday

8:00-8:15 AM

W-100
Welcome
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS

8:15-9:15 AM

W-101
Focus on Societies Day Plenary Session: To Survive and Thrive: Successfully Embracing Change
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF, Teri E. Flack MBA, MA, FTxSGS, Ed Donakey
In the constantly evolving world in which we live, genealogical societies must successfully adapt or risk withering and dying. Transforming societies, associations, and organizations to meet the needs of both today’s members and the members of tomorrow takes leadership, collaboration, and vision. The FGS Focus on Societies Day begins with a plenary session that explores the opportunities and challenges facing societies today and showcases ways society leaders, delegates, members, and genealogical researchers can facilitate the changes needed for societies to succeed and thrive.
Society Management
W-101A
“… Courage to Change the Things I Can …”: Being a Successful Change Agent
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
Refreshing, renewing, and invigorating your society can happen most successfully when change is embraced. Curt will present some simple tactics for understanding change as the constant it is.
Society Management
W-101B
Leading Change in a Multi-Generational World
by Teri E. Flack MBA, MA, FTxSGS
Leading change is a challenge under the best of circumstances; however, leading change when everyone has a different idea of what the society should look like makes the task more difficult. Learn strategies to enable your society to thrive in an environment of diverse expectations.
Society Management
W-101C
Who Moved My Society?
My Motorola Brick is now a Smart Phone—Apple or Android. My phone takes pictures. My PC is now a notebook, desktop, Mac, iPad, tablet, or device. My technology has changed. Am I the person that I used to be, or have I changed in the process too? What about my society? How does my society compare, and how do I feel about it? Am I comfortable with the change? Is it still my society?
Society Management

9:30-10:30 AM

W-102
FGS Delegates: What You Need to Know
Wondering how you can make the most of your society's membership in FGS? Join FGS Officers as they discuss FGS and how it supports and works with member societies. Society delegate communication and interaction with FGS will be discussed.
Leadership
W-103
Society President’s Discussion
Join FGS President D. Joshua Taylor and fellow society presidents for a discussion of issues and concerns confronting societies.
Leadership
W-104
Technology Initiatives for Genealogy Societies
An overview of current technology resources available to be leveraged by any genealogical society in an easy-to-understand, non-techie format.
Technology
W-105
Harness the Power of Email for Your Society
There are many ways to use email to boost excitement and promote participation in your society. From meeting announcements to surveys and more, learn to leverage email in your society.
Organization
W-106
Dynamic Programming for Genealogical Societies
by Teri E. Flack MBA, MA, FTxSGS
I
Learn innovative and creative ways to develop educational programs to revitalize your society.
Programs
W-107
Archiving a Society’s History
New board members often receive a box of dusty files that may have been in existence for several decades. Is it unclear what may be tossed and what may be retained? This lecture will suggest strategies for eliminating excess materials while preserving the history essential to the organization.
Projects
W-108
Keys to Our Success in These “Best of Times”
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
Important operational philosophies and strategic thinking will be shared to encourage those involved in society operations to increase member engagement while enticing new members.
New Life

11:00 AM-12:00 PM

W-109
30 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming President
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
B
I
A
Join an outgoing FGS president for a look at the most crucial lessons learned during his four years as FGS president—including successes and mistakes.
Leadership
W-110
Micro-Volunteering: Get Your Members Involved A Little Bit At A Time
Learn strategies for creating small volunteer opportunities out of even the largest project to increase member participation.
Leadership
W-111
Google Apps for Your Society
Explore the benefits of Google Apps for your society. A full set of collaborative tools, including online storage, email, and office applications, all for no cost.
Technology
W-112
Team Building in a ME-Centered Society
I
Is your society stuck in an ME-centered mind-set that makes progress impossible? Take a look at some of these suggestions for getting past this to move forward to a WE-centered society.
Organization
W-113
Planning a Winning Workshop
B
I
A
Successful workshops are often measured by what attendees take away from them. But it doesn’t hurt the society to benefit from the workshop, too. Learn how to host a successful workshop for all.
Programs
W-114
Collaborating for a Successful Digitization Grant Project
B
Collaboration is a must for grant funding for digitization projects. Tina offers insights into starting a project, working with others, staying on task, and maintaining the relationships once work has been completed.
Projects
W-115
New Life Ideas: Discussion Group
Join fellow society leaders and FGS board members for a discussion of ideas to generate new life in your society.
New Life

12:00-1:45 PM

W-116
Federation of Genealogical Societies Focus on Societies Luncheon: The State of Our Societies
Join FGS leadership for an in-depth look at the current state of our societies across the United States. Trends relating to membership growth, marketing activities, educational initiatives, and other activities will be discussed. Time will also be reserved for “Society Shout-Out,” offering you the opportunity to share successes from your society from the past year. This session also includes the FGS Annual Business Meeting and other important activities for society leaders and FGS delegates.
Luncheon

2:00-3:00 PM

W-117
Problem Prevention, Not Problem Resolution
by Paula Stuart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA
I
A
Societies run more smoothly using positive techniques that offer prevention rather than solving problems with activities, publications, people, events, and policies. Interactive session.
Leadership
W-118
Finessing Facebook
B
Sponsored by FindMyPast
Facebook can be an incredible tool for your society, but the ever-evolving nature of the platform can make it challenging to get your message heard. Explore the various options offered and how to be successful.
Leadership
W-119
Technology Ideas: Discussion Group
Join fellow society leaders and FGS board members for a discussion of methods and tools for using technology to reach and engage members.
Technology
W-120
Succession Planning: Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
Often an area of little active concern for a society, yet it is critical to an organization's long-term success. Hear and share strategies for recruiting society members into positions of increasing responsibility.
Organization
W-121
Expand Your Program, Expand Your Society
by J. Mark Lowe CG, FUGA
B
I
A
Societies model the expectations and goals presented by the leadership. Discover how an expansion in programming style will show results in your participation and membership numbers.
Programs
W-122
Tracking a Community Research Project with ResearchTies™
B
I
A
Sponsored by ResearchTies
Learn how ResearchTies™, an online research log, can help your society track large research projects and easily avoid duplication of efforts.
Projects
W-123
Breathing Life into a Stagnant Society
Societies that have existed for decades may find themselves with decreasing membership, reluctant volunteers, and generally in need of revitalization. This lecture suggests strategies for revitalizing your society.
New Life

3:30-4:30 PM

W-124
Just Elected: Making the Most of Your First 90 Days
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
B
I
A
Whether you have just won an election as your society's president, secretary, conference chair, or somewhere in-between, learn tips to make the most of your first few days.
Leadership
W-125
Profit for Non-Profits: It’s Not A Dirty Word
Misconceptions abound as to the financial rights and responsibilities of non-profits. Learn how to maximize the profitability of your events while staying on the right side of the law.
Leadership
W-126
Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies for Societies
The producer of the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel (founded 2007, 250,000+ views) will share strategies for creating a robust YouTube channel for your society.
Technology
W-127
The Virtual Volunteer
B
I
A
Today’s technology provides genealogical societies with more opportunities to engage volunteers in digital projects. Learn successful strategies and how to apply them to your society.
Organization
W-128
Program Ideas: Discussion Group
Join fellow society leaders and FGS board members for a discussion of ideas for finding and developing programs.
Programs
W-129
When It Rains, It Pours: Cloud Collaboration for Your Society
B
I
Your society’s projects and publications can benefit through member collaboration with popular cloud apps. We will focus on Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, and others.
Projects
W-130
Partnerships and Building a Better Community
B
I
This session will explore how societies can strengthen themselves and the larger genealogical community by partnering with neighboring societies, libraries, and other organizations.
New Life

5:00-6:00 PM

W-131
Advocacy for Genealogical Societies
by Teri E. Flack MBA, MA, FTxSGS
I
Genealogists face ever-increasing threats to the records on which we rely. Grassroots advocacy by the genealogical community can be a potent weapon to overcome those threats.
Leadership
W-132
Embracing Change and Steering a Course: Mapping a Direction for Your Genealogical Society
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
This presentation focuses on how genealogical and historical societies should use change and “change factors” to help steer a course and plan a program of action that is most meaningful to their members. There is a strong emphasis in this presentation on using standard business applications with goal-setting for societies.
Leadership
W-133
The Society Website and Search Engine Optimization: No Fear!
A
Sponsored by FindMyPast
Search engine optimization can give a huge boost to your website. Learn the basics of SEO techniques and take home tools you can use now to enhance your visibility online.
Technology
W-134
Society Scorecard: How to Measure Success
How is your society faring, really? This session goes into detail on how to define quantitative measures, use past numbers to set realistic goals, and how to measure success and take action.
Organization
W-135
Designing a Publication
by Pamela Boyer Sayre CG, CGL, FUGA
B
I
Basic design issues are important whether you are creating a family newsletter for a few readers or a quarterly publication to be read by hundreds. Learn about good design principles.
Programs
W-136
Project Ideas: Discussion Group
Join fellow society leaders and FGS board members for a discussion of ideas for developing and managing society projects.
Projects
W-137
Integrating Youth Programming Into Your Society
This session will provide participants with ideas for creating, funding, marketing, and implementing genealogy and archiving programs for children and teens.
New Life

7:00-9:00 PM

W-138
Farms & Families: Across the Decades
by
Sponsored by FamilySearch
WED 7:00-9:00PM - Begin your 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. Co-hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Historical Society.
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday