Tuesday, June 15, 2010

FGS 2010 Early Registration Deadline Looms

Editor's note: If you are attending this year's Federation of Genealogical Societies' Annual Conference - Rediscovering America's First Frontier - in Knoxville, Tennessee from August 18-21, 2010, see the information about the Early Registration Deadline of June 21, 2010 below.

If you have been wondering if attending FGS 2010 would be valuable to you as a researcher of Illinois ancestors, please keep in mind that many of our ancestors came from Tennessee and Kentucky and ended up in Illinois!  There will be plenty of workshops to assist you with your research and plenty of opportunities to meet and talk with other genealogists!

Pat Oxley, President of The Federation of Genealogical Societies, reminds us that there is just one week left to take advantage of the early registration discount pricing for the 2010 FGS Genealogy Conference. The big $50.00 savings expires Monday, June 21, 2010 at midnight, Central Daylight Time (CDT). Pat says, “we are happy to be able to make this offer and look forward to seeing everyone in Knoxville!” For registration details visit www.fgs.org. Anyone with an interest in genealogy and history may attend this conference August 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • The extended deadline also includes the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference that is being held on Tuesday, August 17th. www.apgen.org.
  • Coupled with that is another breaking item that “FGS is pleased to announce that the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, will be speaking at our FGS Focus on Societies Luncheon on Wednesday, August 18th. If you have already registered for the conference, you can still purchase a ticket -- this luncheon is open to everyone! Mr. Ferriero will be speaking on the Citizen-Archivist and about the War of 1812 Digitization Project and will also have a question and answer period. We wish to thank Mr. Ransom Love, and the FamilySearch team for graciously welcoming the Archivist to speak in their place at this luncheon. To register for the conference and to add this luncheon visit www.fgs.org and click on the conference logo.” His bio can be found at www.fgsconferenceblog.org.
  • The four day genealogical extravaganza takes place from August 18-21, 2010 at the Knoxville Convention Center. The full program is at the same website and it is chock full of lectures on techniques, records, libraries, archives and many other topics. Some of the top notch speakers from around the U.S. will be presenting these lectures. The local hosts of this event are the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society and these states provide some of the best of the area speakers.
  • While the two conference hotels are full, FGS is in the midst of arranging for another hotel and that will be announced on the FGS Conference News Blog and on the FGS website.
  • Did you watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC TV this year? The main sponsor of that show and a generous sponsor of the conference, Ancestry.com, has many things planned for you during this conference. Others who worked on the show and the research will be with us as will D. Joshua Taylor, MLS, who worked with Sarah Jessica Parker on the first episode. Josh will be presenting several lectures during the week and you just might catch him at the Exhibit Hall booth of the New England Historic Genealogical Society where is is Director of Education and Programs.
Join with other genealogists from all around the United States who will be learning, networking, shopping, and having fun at the 2010 FGS Conference. www.fgs.org.

More about the Federation of Genealogical Societies

The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by:
  • serving the needs of its member societies
  • providing products and services needed by member societies
  • marshaling the resources of its member organizations
FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. FGS also publishes an extensive series of Society Strategy Papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society.

FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day with many topics helpful to organizing, running, and growing genealogical societies.

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