Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Ancestry's Sessions at FGS 2018

FGS is pleased to have Ancestry as a Platinum Sponsor for FGS 2018 in Fort Wayne, August 22-25.

In addition to their booth in the exhibit hall where they will be doing demos and answering questions, Ancestry is sponsoring several sessions during the conference:

Thursday, August 23

"Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA" by Crista Cowan (5:00pm)
You’ve scoured the census, dug through probates, and even visited the county courthouse. What’s left? DNA. It’s the oldest record of your family, and technology and science are coming up with more ways for you to use it. Come and learn what new tools AncestryDNA has to advance your research and get more out of your DNA results.

"Midwestern Treasures on Ancestry" by Juliana Szucs (2:00pm)
Learn about some of the unique resources that can be found on Ancestry which can tell the story of your ancestors who lived in the heartland of America.

Saturday, August 25

"Mining Probates on Ancestry for Family History Gold" by Juliana Szucs (3:30pm)
There are 18 million+ probate records on Ancestry. Are you mining them effectively or just scratching the surface? Learn how to effectively dig deep in this rich collection.

"Using Genetic Communities™ to Tell Your Story" by Crista Cowan (11:00am)
Genetic Communities™ is an exciting innovation in DNA testing that can take you on a journey through specific stories about our past. In this class, you will learn about how Genetic Communities™ are formed, why you get assigned to a particular Genetic Community™, and how to use them in your research.

Register now for FGS 2018, one of the premier genealogy events in the US! Register before July 18 and save. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Summer Sale on FGS 2018 Through July 18

There's a Summer Sale on the FGS conference! Register for the full conference (4-days) before July 18 at 5:00pm Central and save. 

With more than 100 sessions and workshops, expert presenters, a lively exhibit hall, and access to one of the best genealogy libraries in the country, FGS 2018 is the place to be!

Register now and save on a full-conference registration. 

The FGS conference + summer + savings = the perfect combination!

We'll see you in Fort Wayne, August 22-25!

(Discount applies only to the Full Conference registration and you must register before July 18, 2018 at 5:00pm Central. There are 1-day and 2-day registration options; however, the Full Conference registration is the best value.)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Midwest Research Track at FGS 2018

If you're one of the millions of people whose ancestors called the Midwest "home," you'll want to check out the Midwest research track at the FGS 2018 conference in Fort Wayne, August 22-25.

Thursday, August 23:

NOTE: Thursday's Midwest track is sponsored by the Indiana Genealogical Society.

"Mitten Roots: Family History Research in Michigan" by Kris Rzepczynski
This state overview session will explore Michigan’s migration patterns and the abundant genealogical resources available in print and online.

"Illinois Digital Resources" by Tina Beaird
There are several Illinois websites for finding your Land of Lincoln ancestors. From CARLI to IDA, Tina will show you how to find maps, newspapers, phonebooks, company magazines, yearbooks and more. Illinois has it all! Learn how to dig into these online resources and get to know your Illinois ancestors.

"Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America" by Melissa Tennant
This presentation is for those seeking Indiana ancestors or family members who may have migrated through the state on their way further west. The methods and sources for discovering your Hoosier roots will by explained along with a demonstration of the resources available for anyone seeking Indiana family history.

"Midwestern Treasures on Ancestry" by Juliana Szucs. Sponsored by Ancestry.
Learn about some of the unique resources that can be found on Ancestry which can tell the story of your ancestors who lived in the heartland of America.

Friday, August 24:

"Finding Treasures in the Hoosier Courthouse" by Michael D. Lacopo
There is far more than meets the eye in the Indiana courthouse! Learn what records each office retains and how to find them. Go beyond the vital records and the deeds and dig deeper to find your ancestor in the "Crossroads of America."

"Buckeye Beginnings: An Introduction to Ohio Research" by Amy Johnson Crow
Many of our ancestors went through Ohio, the original gateway to the west. Discover records, resources, and repositories vital to researching in the Buckeye State.

"Michigan Online: Tools for Genealogists" by Kris Rzepczynski
This session will explore free Michigan online genealogy resources, including both popular and lesser-known sites, as well as effective search strategies for Michigan research.

"Bibles, Beds and Bobbins: Early Indiana Laws" by Judy G. Russell
The laws our ancestors lived by tell a story of life in their times, and Indiana’s early laws tell tales of Bibles, beds and bobbins, of habitual drunkards, and of runaway apprentices.

Saturday, August 25:

"Using Midwest Adjutant General Records in Your Military Research" by Tina Beaird
Adjutant General's records offer compelling stories of military life for American soldiers since the Civil War. These records often include muster rolls, monthly regimental reports, promotions, discharges, reenlistments, casualty reports and more. Tina explains what records are available at several Midwest archives including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

“Hoosier Daddy?”: Tales of a Reluctant Blogger and How Blogs Can Enhance Your Genealogical Research" by Michael D. Lacopo
Your speaker started his blog, “Hoosier Daddy?” in February 2014 with intentions far different from what developed over the course of nearly two years of writing. The digital age has changed the face of genealogy, but there is more power to be unleashed beyond just scanning websites for data. Hone your skills as a writer, tell stories, compile your genealogy, share with others, and allow others researching the same families to find you. Take a journey with your lecturer into the blogosphere and learn how this resource can be means to breaking down your brick walls.

"Using Indirect Evidence to Identify the Father of a Great Great Grandmother" by Jan Alpert. Sponsored by National Genealogical Society.
Research and analysis of records in five mid-western states and the National Archives help reconstruct the family of William Schuler of Owen County, Indiana.

"Clues in Missouri Migration" by Pamela Boyer Sayre
Many westward migrants stopped a short time or stayed for several generations in Missouri. Where did they come from and where did they go?

Click here to register for FGS 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana August 22-25!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Debunking Myths About the FGS Conference

There are a few myths swirling around about the Federation of Genealogical Societies' annual conference being held this year in Fort Wayne, Indiana from August 22-25 — myths that might make you think that you can't come. Don't miss out on one of the premier genealogy events because of some bad information! Here's what you need to know.

Truth: There Is More Than Society Management Sessions

The FGS conference has topics ranging from records and methodology to technology and DNA. The sessions on Wednesday are aimed at topics that will help genealogy societies be better and stronger, but Thursday through Saturday is all about genealogy and family history research. Check out the full program!

Truth: You Don't Have to Be a Society Member to Attend

Anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history can attend. We think that genealogy societies are great (after all, that's what we are!), but the conference is open to all genealogists. No membership required.

Truth: There Are Topics for All Levels of Genealogists

There are sessions for every experience level. Just beginning to work with genetic genealogy? The Thursday DNA sessions are for you! (Then work your way through intermediate and advanced DNA topics on Friday and Saturday.) Want an in-depth case study showing how a brick wall was knocked down? We have several to choose from.

Truth: There Are a Variety of Speakers

You'll see favorite presenters like Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger, Tony Burroughs, and Maureen Taylor, along with new presenters like Charlotte Noelle Champenois and Sydney Bjork. (It isn't the same ol' same ol'!) Check out this speaker list!

Truth: There Are Topics Outside the US

Tracks this year include researching in Eastern Europe, German, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom.

Join Us in Fort Wayne

The FGS conference features more than 100 sessions to help you be a better genealogist. The conference is conveniently located across the street from the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, allowing you to put into practice what you learn. It's 4 days of learning, inspiration, and camaraderie. Click here to register now!

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