Monday, February 12, 2018

FGS February webinar to feature Amy Johnson Crow on "Creative Thinking"



The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is is pleased to announce the February 2018 webinar, “Breaking Out of the Box: Creative Thinking for Your Society,” presented by Amy Johnson Crow, CG, MLS. Doing the same thing over and over isn’t just boring. It could strangle your society. Look at some ways to get the creative juices flowing and find new solutions. Amy has over twenty years of genealogical experience, and is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics. Amy says, "I help family history enthusiasts with practical advice so they can make more discoveries and have more fun doing it." Amy is well known for her enthusiasm for genealogy societies, and has volunteered for several over the course of her career, including acting as the 2018 FGS Conference Marketing Chair.
This webinar will be held on February 15, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance. NEXT TIME: Melissa Barker will present “Preserving Your Societies Historical and Genealogical Records,” at the March FGS Webinar. Register now to be sure you don't miss it!
About the Webinar Series Each month, the FGS Webinar Series features a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board. Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The webinars are free to watch live, but advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media. Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org. Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise! Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org

Announcing the FGS 2018 Conference Tracks

There is a lot to learn at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2018 Conference. (There are more than 90 sessions and workshops to choose from!) Here’s a sneak peak at the tracks that will be on the program.


Technology

Learn how to use a variety of websites and apps to learn more about your ancestors. No matter your technology expertise, there’s a session to help you.

Records

Explore a vast variety of records for your genealogy research, including military records, church records, and Freemason records. (Yes, Masons!) So many records...

Methodology

Learn how to use the records you’ve found with experts such as Judy Russell, Tom Jones, and Michael Lacopo.

DNA

Whether you’re just considering taking a DNA test or you geek out analyzing the data, you’ll find a DNA session to meet your needs.

Midwest

Learn about resources for finding your Buckeye, Hoosier, Illini, “Show Me,” and Wolverine ancestors.

African American

Experts including Tony Burroughs, Ari Wilkins, and Deborah Abbott will highlight using a variety of records and methods for African American genealogy.

Scandinavian - NEW TRACK

Got Viking ancestors? You’ll want to check out the sessions on Scandinavian resources on both sides of the Atlantic.

German

Millions of Americans have German ancestry. Learn about German records and how to identify your German ancestor’s origins.

United Kingdom

Those with English or Irish ancestors need to look at the sessions from Paul Milner, Jen Baldwin, and Rich Venezia.

Eastern Europe

The Eastern Europe track features sessions on Polish and Czech research, as well as finding records in the former Soviet Union.

Society Management

Not just a track — it’s a whole day! Wednesday, 22 August is devoted to helping your genealogy society improve. Join us for sessions on leadership, management, and social media.

In addition to these tracks, there will also be workshops on genetic genealogy, oral histories, maps, and certification. There will also be a day just for librarians! Look for details on all of these soon.

Registration for FGS 2018 will soon open. The official conference hotels are accepting reservations. We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FGS FORUM: We Want to Hear from You

FORUM will see some new and exciting changes in 2018, including the rollout of two new features—and we need your help to get them off and running!

First, we’d like to hear from you! Select letters sent to the editor related to recent articles will now be included in future issues. Here’s your chance to tell us how an article helped you with society management endeavors or your personal research. You also may provide your own advice or additional commentary on a recent article topic. Your feedback is important and we want to share your thoughts with other readers.

Second, we want to help you! Select questions related to genealogy or society management will be answered by knowledgeable experts and presented in future issues of FORUM. Maybe you’re looking for some good record substitutes for the 1890 census, or perhaps you want to know what a quitclaim deed is and in what situations it is used. Society leaders may also have questions. Program chairs may seek advice on best practices for hiring speakers, while treasurers may want guidance to better track expenses. 

Whatever the question, we’d like to help!


Please send your letters and questions to the editor at forumeditor@fgs.org.


Friday, January 5, 2018

"An Unlikely Society Ally" - the first of the 2018 FGS Webinar Series



The Federation of Genealogical Societies is ringing in the 2018 Webinar Series with, “An Unlikely Society Ally - the Board of Tourism,” presented by David E. Rencher:
Nearly every community has a Board of Tourism whose purpose is to attract visitors to come to their locality and spend money! Genealogists have an incredible key to generating revenue and thus tax dollars for their community. If you want to get community support and visibility for your society – dangle the money in front of the city council. This is also a perfect way to grow your society and get you noticed locally and nationally. Spend an hour learning about an aspect of marketing your society that you may not have considered!
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. He has been a professional genealogist since 1977 and is a past president of FGS.
This webinar will be held on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.

NEXT TIME: Amy Johnson Crow will present “Breaking Out of the Box: Creative Thinking for Your Society,” on February 15, 2018 - register today!

About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise. Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org
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