Monday, May 21, 2018

African American Research Track at FGS 2018

African American genealogy has its challenges and the speakers in the African American research track at FGS 2018 are there to help!

Sessions in the African American Track on Saturday, August 25 include:

Oral History: It Ain't on the Web by Tony Burroughs
James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
Oral history is the first block to build a family history. It is vital because many family details will not be found on the internet or library and has a limited shelf-life. Interviewing techniques, equipment, questions to ask, maximizing a person’s memory and processing information after the interview are covered.

Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Searching for Family by Ari Wilkins
Countless African American families experienced the traumatic displacement and loss of family members during slavery. In the wake of Emancipation, African Americans from all of over the country desperately searched for their missing family members – using such resources as the Freedmen’s Bureau and newspapers.

Seven Strategies to Identifying Slave Ownership & Reconstruct Slave Era Families by Janis Minor Forte, MS
Using a set of specific strategies, this lecture provides an array of proven techniques and record group to aid in the identification and documentation of slaves, their families and their owners. The strategies also present methods to finding missing kin of slave era families.

Manuscript Collections in Libraries & Archives of Historical Black College and Universities by Deborah Abbott, PhD
HBCUs are often overlooked resources for African American research. Most were established after the Civil War and are located in former slave states and territories, but there were a few established in the north. These repositories hold a gold mine of records that may not be found anywhere else.

About the FGS Conference:

Dates: 22-25 August 2018
Place: Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana (across the street from the Allen County Public Library)
Featuring: More than 100 sessions, workshops, and special events.
There is something for every family historian at FGS 2018!  Go to to see the full program and register! (Register before July 1 and save!)

Friday, May 18, 2018

Librarians' Day at FGS 2018

Librarians, archivists, and others who work with genealogists: Join us on Tuesday, August 21 at the Allen County Public Library for Librarians' Day!

This year's theme is "How to Stay Relevant in a Technology World." 

8:00-8:30: Meet and Greet with light refreshments

8:30: Welcome

8:45-9:45: "When Books and Bytes Aren't Enough," by Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, Genealogy Educator

10:00-11:00: "Where Library and Archive Meet: Digital Collections in Omeka," by Matthew LaFlash, Technologist, Information Manager, and Genealogist

11:15-12:15: "Not Much We Won't Do: Outreach, Processing, and Added Content in the FCPL Maryland Room," by Mary K.Mannix, Maryland Room Manager, C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries

12:30-2:00: Lunch, compliments of ProQuest & Luncheon presentation by William Forsyth

2:15-3:30: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot!" A panel discussion of the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the genealogy space. 

3:45-5:30: Tour opportunities:
- The Genealogy Center Operations
- The Lincoln Collection of the Allen County Public Library
- The FamilySearch Book Scanning Center

This is event is sponsored by ProQuest. 

Registration is just $10 for the full day. Click here to register.

The event will be held at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FGS 2018 Registration Is Open

Registration for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference is open!

Join us 22-25 August in Fort Wayne, Indiana and learn about DNA; technology; records; methodology; the Midwest; African American, German, Eastern European, Scandinavian, and UK research; and society management. It is a full four days of genealogy! Click here to see the program. 

The conference is directly across the street from the incredible Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, which offers you a unique opportunity to put what you've learned into action right away.

There are also additional hands-on workshops for DNA, maps, and using Google. Workshops fill up quickly, so register now!

Early bird pricing is in effect. Register now and save! 

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

An 1890 Census Replacement Project could be your societies' next big thing!

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce the April 2018 webinar, “1890 Census Replacement Project: Creating a Genealogically Relevant Project for Your Society,” presented by Dina Carson.
Our 1890 census project yielded: a searchable list of 1890 residents, a county-wide research guide, every-name indices of original sources, and a book. Yours could too.
This webinar will be held on April 19, 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.

About the Speaker
Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades and is currently the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876). She is the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. She lectures frequently to genealogical societies throughout the state and is working with the Colorado State Archives on state-wide indexing projects. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company, and is a partner in Imagination Technology, a graphic design and marketing firm working with small business clients.
Dina is the author of 10 books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist's Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. In early 2018, Dina was the coordinator and primary instructor for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's course, “Writing and Publishing Family Histories in the Digital Age.” Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.

Coming Up Next Time
In May, Jill Morelli will present “10 Hot Tips to Create Publications every Member Wants to Read.” Register early! 

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
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
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