Program Schedule

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  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday

Wednesday

8:00-8:30 AM

W-100
Focus on Societies Welcome
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
General Sessions

8:30-12:00 PM

W-101
Strong Business Strategy = Sound Society Strategy
by David E. Rencher AG®, CG℠, FUGA, FIGRS, Ed Donakey
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Sponsored by FamilySearch
Run your society as successfuly as a business. For all society delegates, members-at-large, and other interested parties. (no fee, seating limited, registration required)
Society Strategy Workshop

12:00-2:00 PM

W-102
Focus on Societies Luncheon: The State of Our Societies (Plated Lunch)
Join the FGS Board of Directors in a discussion of the current state of genealogical societies in the United States.
Luncheons

2:00-3:00 PM

W-103
Strategic Planning for Society Leaders
by Jordan Jones BA, MA
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The National Genealogical Society recently completed a strategic planning process. Come hear the President of NGS discuss strategic planning and how your society might benefit from it.
Strategic Planning
W-104
Embracing Technology: Tools You Can Use Today to Move Your Society Into Virtual Space
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Learn about a variety of tools available to create a more efficient and organized collaborative online presence for your society.
Society Technology
W-105
How to Manage a Large Genealogy Database Project
Explore the snags and successes of coordinating large database projects for your society or association. We’ll discuss data standards, communication, time management, and programs to tie a project together.
Outreach & Education
W-106
FGS Supports Member Societies
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Sponsored by Dell
Learn how FGS supports societies and individuals by cooperating with for-profit and non-profit organizations to deliver tools and services for genealogists.
Strategies for Success
W-107
Creating a Community Indexing Project
Learn the available options for taking a set of genealogy records, creating an index, and sharing it with the genealogy community.
Society Projects
W-108
The Dotted Line: Sign Before Other Steps
by Paula Stuart-Warren CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
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Handshake? Text message? Email? Available on__? Does this protect organizations, speakers, or researchers? Nope. No way. No how. Details need to be clear and agreed to by all parties. Leave this session prepared for the next event.
Advocacy & Legal Issues

3:15-4:15 PM

W-109
Preparing for Change: Transition Planning and Your Society
by D. Joshua Taylor MA, MLS
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As new officers and committee members come into your society, it is essential that information is easily passed from one to the other. Learn ideas for planning transitions within your society (both the expected and unexpected).
Strategic Planning
W-110
Calling All Society Webmasters: Past, Present, and Future
by Linda Woodward Geiger CG℠, CGL℠
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A guided interactive discussion relating to keeping up with the times, focusing on a Content Management System (CMS).
Society Technology
W-111
Innovative Programs: The How-To
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Society programs can become stale and repetitive. Identifying topics and finding speakers can be challenging. Come learn a system that will help you develop fresh, interesting resources and programs.
Outreach & Education
W-112
It Sometimes Takes Two: Partnering with Other Societies or Organizations
Learn how your society or organization can identify potential projects and organizations to partner with to help you both achieve your goals.
Strategies for Success
W-114
Effective Advocacy
by Teri E. Flack MA, MBA
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Records are the lifeblood of genealogical research; however, their preservation and access continues to be threatened. Advocacy by the genealogical community, and your society in particular, can help mitigate the threats, but only if we act effectively.
Advocacy & Legal Issues

4:30-5:30 PM

W-115
Re-Think, Re-Boot, Re-Connect: It's a New World!
by Curt B. Witcher MLS, FUGA, IGSF
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Engaging in leading genealogical and historical societies necessarily means re-thinking how members are served and how the organizations are postured to thrive in the future. Come hear a program that just may tempt you to take a few brave steps.
Strategic Planning
W-116
Is WordPress Right for My Society?
It's not just for blogs anymore. The popular Content Management System (CMS), WordPress, powers about 20 percent of all websites. Learn more about the basics and extended capabilities of this tool and decide if it is right for you and your organization.
Society Technology
W-117
Ten Tips for Marketing Your Society
Ten tips based on content marketing principles to spark interest in your society from inside and out.
Outreach & Education
W-118
Virtual Presentations for Genealogy Societies
Learn how you can expand your genealogy speaking opportunities to include virtual presentations from the comfort of your home or office.
Strategies for Success
W-119
Volunteering from a Distance
by Paula Stuart-Warren CG℠, FMGS, FUGA
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Is your society ignoring great volunteers? How many society tasks and board or committee posts could be handled by a member in another state? Learn many ways to utilize these members of all ages and interact with them. Come prepared for discussion.
Society Projects
W-120
Electronic Publishing Fundamentals for Society Leaders
by Jordan Jones BA, MA
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Your society may publish books, journals, and newsletters on paper, as PDFs, or in e-book format. Whether your society already publishes electronically, or you’re only considering it, learn ways to do it successfully.
Advocacy & Legal Issues

6:30-8:30 PM

MUS
Evening at the Institute of Texan Cultures
Join FGS and local co-hosts for an evening of exploring Texan Culture. Includes BBQ dinner and air-conditioned transportation from conference hotel to and from event. ($35, pre-registration required)
Special Events
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