“Pathways to the Heartland” - A Conference for the Nation’s Ge
This year's conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 165 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of ge
nealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history.
Session sponsors include FamilySearch (offering extensive Focus on Societies, Migration and Immigration, and Technology tracks), Ancestry.com, the National Archives and Records Administration, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, New England Historic Ge
nealogical Society, Association of Professional Ge nealogists, Board for Certification of Ge nealogists, and others. In addition, the Ge nealogical Speakers Guild and ICAPGen will present their own tracks of sessions by their members that you won’t want to miss.
· Librarians Day: On
Tuesday, , ProQuest is sponsoring a full day of free sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers. September 6, 2011
· Focus on Societies: On
Wednesday, , all new programs and focus group sessions to help improve the operations and effectiveness for ge September 7, 2011 nealogical societies’ officers, as well as their members and volunteers.
· Conference Sessions: A wide variety of ge
nealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Topics include Mid-Western research, migration and immigration, military, strategies and techniques, technology, and writing.
· Special Events: Include An Old Fashioned Prairie Social, the FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration, and Spotlight on Societies—all providing an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and ge
nealogy. This exciting week of ge nealogy closes with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.
· Exhibit Hall: Filled with a wide array of vendors and organizations, and a special Spotlight on Societies area will showcase local and regional ge
nealogical and historical societies.
There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2011 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgs.org/2011conference. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org/ for more information and travel advice.
We look forward to seeing you in
in September! Springfield
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About the Federation of Ge
nealogical Societies (FGS)
The Federation of Ge
nealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of ge nealogical societies. FGS links the ge nealogical community by helping ge nealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and ge nealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a ge nealogical society. FGS also links the ge nealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org/
Federation of Ge
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