August 28 - September 4, Alaska Cruise
FGS 2015 Cruise — FGS Alaska Cruise goers will set sail from Seattle, Washington on August 28, 2015 for 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious Jewel of the Seas in FGS' maiden voyage of genealogy cruising. The ports of call will include Alaskan cities Juneau and Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, and cruise goers will experience breathtaking views while cruising the Alaska Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord. Plus, no other genealogy cruise in 2015 brings you Elizabeth Shown Mills, Judy Russell, David Rencher, and D. Joshua Taylor. Book your cabin now.
September 17-19, Syracuse, New York
FGS 2015 Regional Conference — Held in partnership with the New York State Family History Conference, FGS will kick off this regional conference with a Focus on Societies Day — a full day packed with sessions for society leaders, society members, and those wanting to become more involved in societies. Register to attend this regional event. Societies, reserve your table today for excellent marketing and networking opportunities for your society.
August 31 - September 3, Springfield, Illinois
FGS 2016 National Conference — Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us and local host Illinois State Genealogical Society as we return to the Land of Lincoln in 2016!
August 30 - September 2, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
FGS 2017 National Conference — Pittsburgh will provide a wonderful historical backdrop with its rich genealogical resources for this four day genealogy event with local host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society.
August 22 - 25, Fort Wayne, Indiana
FGS 2018 National Conference — FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world.
Who attends a FGS Conference?
FGS conferences are open to anyone with an inkling of finding their past and provide a unique setting to interact, connect, and learn from many of the world's expert genealogists. Drawing people from all over the U.S. and around the world, FGS conferences promise to deliver an unparalleled educational and enlightening experience for everyone year after year.
Why attend a FGS Conference?
Family History Learning takes center stage at every FGS Conference with 4 days jam-packed with sessions and workshops catering to all skill levels — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — delivered by nationally recognized speakers, educators, and regional experts. An FGS national conference program always delivers a compelling group of tracks guaranteed by the end of the conference to inspire and rejuvenize an attendee.
Focus on Societies Day always kicks off FGS Conferences on Wednesdays with a complete day devoted to societies — society leaders, society members, and those interested in learning more about societies. Enjoy a full day of sessions on varying topics such as technology, publications, event coordination, project coordination, volunteer recruitment & retention, society growth, marketing & publicity, leadership skills, management principles, and more. There are always plenty of success stories and innovative solutions to ongoing challenges shared among attendees. Focus on Societies Day is both a learning and networking experience like no other for those involved in societies and those who want to be involved with societies.
Librarian's Day is a pre-conference event held on Tuesdays designed for librarians, archivists, and other informational professionals serving family history research.
Society Showcase, located in the FGS booth in the Exhibit Hall, allows visitors and attendees to "travel" the US and around the world discovering what specific resources genealogical societies can provide the individual researcher. Follow your ancestors' migration patterns as you move from society to society learning what is available to researchers in each locality. You have the ability to ask questions, collect brochures, and connect with like-minded genealogists and family historians.
FGS Exhibit Hall is always a hub of activity with vendors featuring the latest technology, books, maps, gadgets, and demonstrations as well as genealogical societies providing information for genealogists and family historians.