FGS 2014 Sponsored Lectures

Each year, the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference features a number of tracks and sessions sponsored by various organizations and companies. Anyone registered for the conference may attend these sponsored regular conference sessions without additional cost.

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.

Janis Minor Forte photographFGS is pleased to announce Janis Minor Forté  as the presenter of the 2014 James Dent Walker Lecture

Accepting this honor, Ms. Forté said,  “James Dent Walker is an icon in the study of genealogy in general and African American Genealogy in particular.  I will forever be grateful for the value he placed on documentation and citing sources.  I proudly present this lecture in his memory and all the important research techniques learned from his teachings." Her topic is Researching the Digital Library on American Slavery (T-207).

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.

David McDonald photographDavid McDonald, CG, will present the Knuthson lecture, entitled Germans to Texas.

“I am honored to be presenting the Knuthson Memorial Lecture at FGS in San Antonio,” said McDonald. “Chuck’s interest in Germanic genealogy is shared by so many researchers and I am pleased to be able to extend Chuck’s commitment to the field in this manner.”


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