Six weeks! The FGS 2015 conference will be in full swing in just six short weeks. Are you registered?
Research opportunities in the area are often an extra draw for people considering attending an FGS conference. The vast collection at the Family History Library makes Salt Lake City and FGS 2015 a research location for everyone. (Is it possible there's a genealogist out there who has no reason to visit the FHL?)
During December, we asked the FGS Ambassadors to write about researching at FHL — from past experiences to tips to planning. Check out the full list below.
The December feature post is from Diane MacLean Boumenot at One Rhode Island Family.
Re-published with permission of the author
A Workbook for My Visit to the Family History Library
A visit to the Family History Library
As an ambassador for the upcoming Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in February, 2015, to be held in connection with Rootstech at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, I have a lot of work to do to get ready for this conference.
I am arriving several days in advance of the conference to use the Family History Library. It will be my second visit. I am really, really looking forward to it, and preparing much more than you would think.
The notebook idea
I will only get to the Family History Library every few years, at most. Since it’s a chance to access all the microfilm in the world, and lots of books, I need to prepare well to get the most benefit from this.
A couple months ago I was visiting a local city hall archives and ran into a man who was researching a local historical topic. He was asking me a few questions and we got to talking, and he pulled out his notebook. I have to admit I was fascinated by it. He had developed pages of typed notes with pictures and maps, in color, scattered through the pages. I suspected it was, essentially, a draft of the book he hoped to put together. He had the materials printed double sided in color and spiral-bound. It was just maybe 200 pages with the spiral binding. It was lightweight, portable, and easy to use even on cramped tables. He scrawled some notes on it; it was clearly his working copy.
New FGS Ambassador:
One new FGS Ambassador joined us during December.
Tessa Keough: The Keough Corner, @tessakeough, Google+
December FGS Ambassador Posts:
A Southern Sleuth: FGS 2015-Don't Forget the Family History Library!
Ancestral Breezes: Setting the Stage for Success
Brick Wall Genealogist: The Stars Align in February 2105: FGS, RootsTech, and the FHL
Carolina Girl Genealogy: FGS 2015~The Family History Library~It's All About That Plan!
Confuse the Dead: Wrapping up and getting ready for #FGS2015
Empty Branches on the Family Tree: FGS 2015 & FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY
From Helen V Smith's Keyboard: Dream Time: FGS, Rootstech and the Family History Library
Genea-Musings: FGS Conference, RootsTech Conference and the Family History Library - a Win-Win-Win For Me
GeneaBloggers: Calling All FGS 2015 and RootsTech Bloggers!
Genealogy by Paula: Preparing for the February FGS Conference and the FHL
In Search of ...?: Motivation Monday - So You're Going to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City!!
Julie's Genealogy & History Hub: 6 Tips for Visiting the Family History Library During the 2015 FGS & Rootstech Conferences
Littleton Books: The Annual FGS Conference Offers a Great Research Opportunity for Attendees
NoTe's To MySeLf ...: FGS 2015 Is this your 1st Time?
Root Cellar Ramblings: Sentimental Sunday - So You're Going to the LIBRARY in Salt Lake City; Wordless (or is it Wordy?) Wednesday : Additional Keynote Speakers for RootsTech/FGS Conference; Those Places Thursday - FGS Conference Announces Second Keynote Speaker
The Genealogy Search: Getting Ready for FGS 2015: Making a List and Checking it twice!
It's not too late to add your name to the list. Visit the FGS Ambassadors Guidelines page on the conference website to register.
Don't forget to register for FGS 2015. The next six weeks will fly by.