Monday, September 1, 2014

Join Us in New Orleans for Genealogy Roadshow!

Join Us in New Orleans for Genealogy Roadshow! via
Join Us in New Orleans for Genealogy Roadshow!
This next weekend, FGS will be at the taping of Genealogy Roadshow in New Orleans, Louisiana, and we'd love to see you there! The public is invited to attend this free event and watch as pre-selected local residents have family mysteries revealed on camera with featured genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, D. Joshua Taylor, and Mary Tedesco.

The public can also explore their own personal histories and FGS would love to talk to you about how genealogical societies can help you with your ancestor hunting! On Saturday, 6 September 2014, PBS will be taping at the New Orleans Board of Trade from 9:00am to 6:00pm (lines form at 8:00am), and on Sunday, 7 September 2014, they will be taping at The Cabildo from 9:00am to 6:00pm (lines form at 8:00am).

For more information, please visit

So come on down to New Orleans and let's talk about your family history!

Two Conferences, One Location: How will that work?

FGS 2015 and RootsTech 2015 Together

Two Conferences, One Location: How will that work?
Two Conferences, One Location: How will that work?
Have you heard about the special genealogy event happening in 2015? The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up to bring you that event in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 11–14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Salt Lake City already draws genealogists and family historians like no other place on earth. Having two great genealogy conferences at the same time, right down the street from the renowned Family History Library, will only add to that attraction.

This kind of collaboration between two genealogy conferences is new territory for both FGS and RootsTech. Genealogists are excited about the possibilities, but many of you are asking how it will work.

Today we begin answering your questions, but one blog post can’t cover everything. We’ll continue answering your questions about this one-time partnership over the next five months leading up to the conference.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this one big conference? No. It’s two conferences happening at the same time under one roof while sharing some activities, sessions, and space.

Can I attend only one conference? Can I attend both conferences?
Yes and yes. While FGS and RootsTech are two separate conferences, you have the choice of registering for only one or upgrading your registration to have access to everything both conferences have to offer.

How do I register?
Go to Early bird discount pricing of $139 for a full FGS registration runs through September 12, 2014 when the price increases to $159. Adding on a full RootsTech pass is $39 now and ongoing.

What will be separate?
FGS and RootsTech will each present their own program of sessions.

FGS sessions on Wednesday will motivate and inspire society volunteers. Thursday through Saturday the focus of FGS sessions will be methodology, records, ethnic research, migration and more for honing your personal research skills. The full program and list of speakers is available at

RootsTech will offer a program of technology-based solutions for the genealogy needs of both individuals and societies. 

What will be shared?
Attendees will have access to these shared sessions and activities whether they registered for only FGS, only RootsTech, or for both conferences.
  • General sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning featuring inspirational keynotes, speakers, and presenters.
  • An expo hall spanning 120,000 square feet with approximately 240 booth spaces and special vendor presentations.
  • Late afternoon or evening activities on Thursday (featuring entertainment on the big stage in SPCC), Friday (extended hours in the expo hall featuring the sights and sounds of different world humanities), and Saturday (featuring the of BYUTV's Studio C and other popular entertainers).
  • Two tracks on Saturday - DNA and Technology.

That covers the basics but it’s only the beginning. Stay tuned to this blog and FGS social media for more answers and announcements between now and February 11, 2015. If you have questions, please ask them in comments here or contact FGS through any of our social media channels.

FGS 2015 is going to be a great conference and a unique experience. We hope to see you in Salt Lake City in February.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Your 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise Cabin Today

Book Your 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise Cabin Today!
Book Your 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise Cabin Today!
Book your cabin now for the upcoming FGS Alaskan Cruise scheduled to set sail August 28, 2015. Cabins in the FGS block are available now and must be booked via cruise travel agent Susan Smith of Cruises Inc. at:

Cruise goers will enjoy 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean’s luxurious Jewel of the Seas in the FGS’s maiden voyage of genealogy cruising. The Alaskan Cruise conference will feature over 20 sessions during sea days from an all-star cast of speakers - Elizabeth Shown Mills, David Rencher, Judy Russell, and D. Joshua Taylor. Activities include engaging social events, game nights, historic land excursions, and private dinner seating for fellowship with registered attendees. Twelve of the first 100 registrants will win individual consultations with the featured speakers. 

Cruise organizer and past FGS President Pat Oxley stated, “I hope everyone will come aboard with FGS on this new adventure where we combine the fun of cruising, the excitement of lectures by four top-notch speakers, and the splendor of Alaska, all packed into 7 days aboard a beautiful ship - it’s the perfect trifecta!”

The ports of call will include:
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Juneau, Alaska 
  • Skagway, Alaska
  • Victoria, British Columbia
Cruise goers will experience breathtaking views while cruising the Alaska Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord. The FGS website has full details about the ports of call, pricing, and how to place cruise reservations.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2015 FGS Conference Registration is Open!

Register for #FGS2015 in Salt Lake City today!
Register for FGS 2015 in SLC today!
Registration is now open for the FGS 2015 national conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Registration opens with a special early bird price of $139 for a full FGS conference registration. That pricing is available through September 12, 2014. Attend only FGS or add-on a full RootsTech pass for an additional $39. Register now at:

FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor, shares "FGS 2015 will undoubtedly be part of the largest family history event in North America. We are delighted to partner with RootsTech to bring the best of tradition and innovation to the family history community."

Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: The program features lectures for genealogists of all experience levels. Attendees will learn from a variety of tracks including Tried and True Methods, The Most Useful Records Hidden in Plain Sight, Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories, A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning, and Modern Access to Vintage Resources. See the full program and list of speakers at
  • General Sessions: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings will kick off with a joint general session for all FGS and RootsTech attendees.  
  • Expo Hall: Both conferences will share an expo hall covering more than 120,000 square feet, which will offer at least 240 booth spaces and a Demo Theater featuring special vendor presentations.
  • Research Opportunity: The Family History Library is the reason that Salt Lake City is the dream destination of genealogists everywhere. The library is a located in walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and the four conference hotels.  
  • Focus on Societies: Sessions on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 will give society leaders and volunteers ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

Visit the FGS conference website at for additional details including links to the conference hotels. Watch for future announcements about general session speakers, special activities and more on the FGS Voice Blog at and through FGS social media channels (links available on the conference website).  

See you in Salt Lake City in February!