I just returned from several days in Charleston, South Carolina where I was attending the National Genealogical Society Conference. I lectured, shopped, learned, volunteered, networked, laughed, ate, slept a bit, and just basically enjoyed the time.
I am now staying home all summer getting ready for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2011 conference that is this September 7-10 in nearby Springfield, Illinois. As full disclosure, I am a member of the board of directors of FGS and the co-chair of the 2011 FGS conference. If you live in the Midwest, this is such a perfect spot. It’s the Land of Lincoln and a great place for research and historical siteseeing. Added to that it’s an easy place to drive to!
The FGS Office reports that there are already people registered from four countries and the full conference registrations and special event interest is
growing. To attend this fun and educational event:
- You do not have to be a member of any genealogical organization
- If you do belong to a genealogical society that isn’t a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, you may still attend. (FGS does hope you take the membership info and some helpful suggestions back to your society, though!)
- If you have even the slightest interest in genealogy, family history, community history, DNA, software, Abraham Lincoln, slave research, Twitter,
- or maybe you are interested in post-adoption research, photo restoration, Swedish research, writing your family history, Canadian border crossings, becoming certified, Swiss research, Ohio ancestry, Apps for the professional genealogist
- Maybe you have roots in Ireland, Germany, Scotland, England, Missouri, or have Native American Ancestry
- Love to browse and shop in a sold-out Exhibit Hall full of software demos, genealogy and history books and databases for sale, some genealogy gift ideas, historical and genealogical society booths, the National Archives, and even hotels in Salt Lake City
- If you fit into any of the above interests, we hope to see you in Springfield in September
- And if these are not your interests, we have many more sessions you will find helpful
Just click here to see the full program and then look under the other topics to see what else is going on during the week of the conference. Full conference paid registrants just might win a trip for two to Salt Lake City for a “vacation” at the Family History Library, including airfare, meals, and copy cards. But you need to attend the FGS 35th anniversary celebration on Friday evening for that chance! Read the FGS Conference News Blog for these and many other details.
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