The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference for 2016 is “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” and will be held in Springfield, Illinois. See what your future holds by learning about the past. Genealogy Gems will be there, and you’re going to love our line-up of free 30-minute classes in the exhibit hall (booth #200). Plus, enter to win our Grand Prize drawing! Here are all the details.
Make Your Future Whatever You Want, But Make it a Good One
With his iconic exclamation of “Great Scott!”, Back to the Future’s Dr. Emmitt Brown reminded us that the future is in our own hands. Make your future genealogy research “a good one” by attending this year’s conference.
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This Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will benefit the novice, the professional, and anyone in between. With over 160 sessions and 72 expert speakers from all over the world, you will be inspired to reach greater heights in all things genealogy.
Each day, a new set of classes will guide you through:
- the U.S. Midwest (regional track)
- the United Kingdom (British Isles and Commonwealth track)
- the continental European research (ethnic track), to give you the latest and greatest in genealogy research.
If you missed early registration, that’s okay. Walk-in registration is available by clicking here. Enjoy all four days of inspiring classes, only attend a day or two, or just meander around the exhibit hall.
Free Stuff in the Exhibit Hall
The exhibit hall is always a favorite place to network and socialize with your genealogy buddies. Wander from booth to booth to see what the future holds for genealogists and gather up all the fun and free swag, too.
Most importantly, Lisa wants to see you for our free sessions that are back by popular demand! With such a positive response last year, Genealogy Gems will once again be hosting a series of free presentations at this year’s FGS conference. Join us in our Genealogy Gems Theater in booth #200 in the exhibit hall. Our 30-minute information-packed sessions will help you think outside the box for greater genealogy success.
Attend any of our sessions and sign-up to receive our free e-book of handouts for all the sessions. Want to plan ahead so you don’t miss a thing? Glance over the schedule below (click the button to download the schedule) and mark your can’t-miss sessions. (Not able to attend? Stay tuned because we will be announcing which sessions will be broadcast live over Periscope for free.)
BONUS: Join Lisa in the FGS theater area of the exhibit hall
Saturday at 12:10 for
Top Google Search Strategies for Genealogists
Grand Prize Drawing: Total Retail Value over $210
Presenters at the Genealogy Gems Theater have pitched in for this year’s Grand Prize drawing. The winner will receive:
…from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems
…from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard
…from Family Tree Magazine: an e-book bundle valued at about $100
Click here for the Grand Prize entry form, which also gets you the free e-book with all the session handouts. Drop the entry off at booth #200. The winner will be notified by email.
Lisa will of course be presenting lectures during the daily sessions. Jump on over to our website page for even more information about the FGS Conference.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there, friends!
Will you be at any genealogy conferences in 2016? Lisa will! She’d love to meet you. Here’s the trick: register in advance so you get the best prices, hotels and more.
Are you planning to attend any genealogy conferences in 2016? Conferences are great for learning in-person from top-ranked instructors. It’s energizing to rub shoulders with attendees who share your passion for genealogy. At many conferences you can also shop for family history books and other products that boost your research.
Here’s a list of upcoming events where Lisa will be teaching. Mark your calendars and register early (many have early-bird registration discounts). And definitely say hello to Lisa when you’re there! (Click here to see the most recent calendar on her website.)
Innovator Summit, Rootstech sessions, and the Think Tank at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems booth #1230
Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 3-6, 2016
Elgin Genealogical Society
Feb. 18, 2016
OC Public Libraries | Laguna Hills Technology Library
Special Presentation: Google Earth for Genealogy
Laguna Hills, CA
March 4, 2016
Orange County California Genealogical Society
Huntington Beach Library, Huntington Beach, CA
All Day Seminar
March 5, 2016
Ark-La-Tex Genealogical Association
All Day Seminar
March 12, 2016
Kansas Historical Society
All Day Seminar
April 16, 2016
Bend Genealogical Society
All Day Seminar
April 23, 2016
Ohio Genealogical Society Conference
Mason, OH (near Cincinnati)
April 28-30, 2016
Gems Contributing Editor Sunny Morton will be presenting here, too!
National Genealogical Society Conference
Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 4 – 7 2016
Ontario Genealogical Society Conference
June 2 – 4, 2016
Midwestern Roots Conference
July 15 & 16, 2016
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois
All Day Seminar
August 13, 2016
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Conference
August 19, 2016
Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference
August 31 – Sept. 3, 2016
Can’t make it to any of these? Check out Lisa’s top-notch teaching in these FREE video presentations:
Google Earth for Genealogy Video Class
How to Use Evernote for Genealogy
Google for Genealogy: It’s All Related
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has updated its events calendar, which include annual and regional conferences, an Alaskan cruise and more! FGS conferences are always great, and now they’re doing cruises. Here’s the lineup:
2014 National Conference. Registration is still open for “Gone to Texas” in San Antonio, Texas, August 27th-30th. Lisa will be there! Read more about this FGS conference here.
2015 National Conference. Click to read the Call for Papers for the 2015 National Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh,” to be held concurrently with Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah, February, 11th-14th.
2015 Alaskan Cruise. Join your friends and fellow genealogists on the first FGS Cruise in the fall of 2015. This event promises to deliver a memorable vacation and education from leading genealogists on a variety of topics. Watch for additional information in late 2014. (You already know about Lisa’s British Isles cruise this summer, right?)
2015 New York Regional Conference. The New York State Family History Conference returns to Syracuse, New York September 17-19, 2015. Organized by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society, the second biennial conference has expanded to include three tracks of lectures, a significant increase in attendance, and an enlarged space that will accommodate many more exhibitors and societies of interest to attendees. One of the conference focal points is researching New York families, a pursuit that offers unique challenges and requires special techniques and knowledge; the other focal point is building general research skills. In 2015, the event will be hosted as a regional conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), which will provide topics and events for genealogical society leaders and volunteers as part of the conference’s activities.
2016 National Conference. Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Hosted in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, the 2016 conference will feature the latest news and updates from the family history community, a full exhibit hall, the popular Society Showcase, and sessions related to the Midwestern states, research methods, and other topics.