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Saturday, May 30
Austin Genealogical Society 2015 Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin,Tx 7875

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a well known genealogist with a law degree, who writes, teaches and lectures on a wide variety of genealogical topics. A Colorado native with roots deep in Texas and the American south, she is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society and numerous state societies. 

Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

For more information and to register visit: http://www.austintxgensoc.org/seminar/

Saturday, June 6
Genetic Genealogy  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:45 pm
Toronto, Ontario
This full-day workshop sponsored by the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will help you learn more about the main types of DNA testing and how genealogists are using the test results to extend their research and break down brick walls. Take advantage of this opportunity to hear several lectures from Dr. Maurice Gleeson, a renowned expert on genetic genealogy, and choose from concurrent sessions during the day that are best suited to your knowledge, expertise and interests.

Early registration deadline: 9 May 2015

Saturday, June 6
Bucks County Genealogical Society Meeting & Presentation  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
David Library of the American Revolution, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA
“Military Research at NARA” presented by Patrick Connelly, Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

In honor of the anniversary of D-Day, this program will provide information to assist researchers in investigating their ancestors’ military history at the National Archives.
$5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Open to the Public.

Sunday, June 7 through Friday, June 12
Genealogy Summer Camp  (FGS Member Society Events)
Toronto, Ontario
The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has been running this innovative program for almost two decades now - we invite out-of-town researchers to Toronto for a full week of concentrated family history research at our wonderful libraries and archives, under the guidance of local experts. If you have ancestors from Toronto or other parts of Ontario, there are many resources here for you.

Saturday, June 13
NSGS Meeting & "Unbroken" presentation  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road, Glenview, IL
The meeting will feature Byron Kinney, Unbroken - the Story of a WWII MIA/POW Survivor

The story of the best-selling book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand about the life of 1936 Olympian Louis Zamperini, WWII M.I.A./P.O.W. survivor, is a riveting story of survival, suffering, salvation and forgiveness.

Former NSGS program chairman and WWII Air Force B-29 pilot, Byron Kinney, will share his personal connection to this fascinating story via his B-29 mission to Naoetsu, Japan, that was instrumental in saving 700 starving POWs including Louis Zamperini as well as the continuing story of their relationship and events in their lives especially during the past 25 years. Of interest is the fact that Byron is writing his book about this story titled “A Mission of Mercy Touches Two Lives: A Pilot Meets a POW” for his kids in the original NSGS writing group he started in 1992 while serving as program chairman.

The meeting begins at 1:00 PM and is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 20
Ventura County (California) Genealogical Society Monthly Family History Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Library, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Topic: “Dispelling the Myths and Finding Your Family”
Presenter: Linda Serna

Ms. Serna's talk debunks some common genealogical myths and suggests avenues to pursue instead. It also addresses through analysis and examples how to determine the people you add to your tree are really your people.

Linda Serna has been involved with genealogy in researching and writing family stories for over 30 years. In addition, she was privileged to work as a genealogist for the first season of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow program.

Friday, June 26 through Saturday, June 27
Palatines to America 2015 National Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 23 S. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA
Two Day German Genealogy Conference
Speakers: Michael D. Lacopo, D.V.M.; Jonathan R. Stayer; Katharine Lowe Brown, Ph.D.; Iren Snavely, Ph.D., M.S.; Joe Lieby; Kathleen Hale.
Topics: Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives, Resources on the palatines at the PA State Library, State Land Records of Pennsylvania, The Germanna Colony of Virginia of 1714, German Genealogy and the Internet, German Church Records, German City Dwellers in 19th Century America, Gems of Wisdom, Germans in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Identifying German Origins of American Immigrants, Early Religious Experience in America, Travelling in the Footsteps of Your German Ancestors.

Saturday, June 27
Maryland Genealogical Society Basics+ Workshop - Dig In To Digitized Records  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Road, Severna Park, MD 21146
Speakers will cover records available online from FamilySearch, Maryland State Archives and other facilities, plus how to cite, label and store digitized records you find, so you can find them again.
Look for details and a registration form on the MGS Home Page.

Saturday, July 11
MCIGS 2015 Summer Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society is hosting its 2015 Summer Conference with speakers Debbie Parker Wayne, Thomas MacEntee, Craig Pfannkuche, Ray Johnson, Maureen Brady, Jane Haldeman and Greg Phelps. This all day conference will be held at McHenry County College (MCC), 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Registration is now open with early registration available until 2 April 2015.

Saturday, July 18
Middle TN Genealogical Society Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St., Nashville, TN
Middle TN Genealogical Society takes a personal guided tour, lead by Drew Mahan, through the Nashville Metro Archives. Tour free. Parking cost $5.00 - $10.00.
Have you wondered how to do research at the Nashville Metro Archives? This is a perfect opportunity.

For more information visit: www.mtgs.org

Saturday, July 25
Middle TN Genealogical Society Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
FiftyForward Knowles, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville, TN (across from the Fairgrounds)
PROGRAM: Tracing your Ancestor on the Early Southern Frontier

SPEAKER: Dorothy Williams Potter, a researcher, writer, and presenter with over 50 years experience. Topics: Hidden in Plain Sight; Following the Carolina and Great Wagon Roads; Too Early for the Census?; Pioneer Intruders on Indian Lands in the Old Southwest. Registration: Call 615-743-3400 credit card or PayPal.

FiftyForward Members: $25.00, Non-members: $40.00 Fee includes lunch and handouts. For more information: www.mtgs.org

Saturday, August 1
40th Annual Kentucky Genealogical Society Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:45 am to 4:00 pm
Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, Kentucky
John Philip Colletta, Ph.D. will be the 2015 KGS Seminar speaker
Topics: Breaking through Brick Walls: Use your HEAD!; Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History; Records of the Federal Courts, 1789–1911: Drama in Your Ancestors Lives; and Hacks and Hookers and Putting Up Pickles: Snares of Yesteryear's English. 

Friday, August 7 through Saturday, August 8
Dallas Genealogical Society 2015 Summer Symposium  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:45 pm
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201
"Researching in Texas" is a 2-day program of eight presentations that focus on resources, sources, methodologies, and techniques for finding your Texas ancestors. Our featured speaker Teri E. Flack's lectures will cover researching the Republic of Texas, Civil War, and Reconstruction periods, as well as using manuscript collections. Additional speakers from the State of Texas General Land Office, The Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries), the University of Texas at Arlington Library’s Special Collections, and the Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library will describe the depth and breadth of materials related to Texas history and genealogy that are in their collections.

“Late Night at the Library” is a free, bonus event. The Genealogy Division of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will remain open on Friday evening, August 7, from 5-10 pm, exclusively for Summer Symposium attendees. Professional librarians from the Division and DGS volunteers will be available to offer assistance.

Saturday, August 8
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois 2015 Family History Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ray Hancock Conference Center, John A Logan College, 700 Logan College Drive, Carterville IL
Nationally known genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS will present 4 sessions:
  1. Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830;  
  2. Essential Technology for Genealogists;
  3. The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher;
  4. Online Resources for Colonial America.
Lunch is included with your paid registration received prior to July 25th. Seating is limited, so register early. Free Vendor Fair.

Thursday, August 13 through Saturday, August 15
The Northwest Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, Arlington, WA
The annual Northwest Genealogy Conference is dedicated to bringing high quality, national level genealogical education to the Pacific Northwest. NwGC is also committed to supporting local experts and speakers with our incredible venue. The 2015 conference will build upon our success in 2014.

In 2015 the NwGC will be offering:
•3 full days of classes
•Options to purchase individual days
•Nationally and internationally renowned speakers
Learn more http://nwgc.org
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

FGS 2015 Alaskan Cruise
Friday, August 28 through Friday, September 4
FGS 2015 Alaskan Cruise  (FGS Events)
Alaska Inside Passage and Tracy Arm Fjord (Sawyer Glacier)
Spend 7 nights aboard Royal Caribbean's luxurious Jewel of the Seas. Round trip sailing from Seattle, Washington. Ports of call: Juneau and Skagway, Alaska; and Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Genealogy sessions during days at sea
  • Engaging social events, game nights, and networking
  • Private dinner seating for fellowship with registered attendees
  • Exclusive historic land excursions
Book your cabin now at https://www.fgsconference.org/cruise/

Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19
New York State Family History Conference 2015  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Syracuse, NY
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society co-sponsor the conference in Syracuse, NY. Additionally, the 2015 conference is a Federation of Genealogical Societies Regional Conference with a full day of sessions focused on building and managing genealogical societies and related topics, then 2 days of New York-focused lectures and sessions on general topics meant for the intermediate and advanced researcher. Lecturers are among the best, and best known, speakers in the country. FamilySearch, findmypast.com, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Capital District Genealogical Society, and the New York State Archives and Library are conference sponsors.

Saturday, November 7
Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Huntsville, Alabama
The Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society presents David Ouimette, CG, manager of content strategy at FamilySearch, genealogical lecturer, and author of Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner’s Guide. The theme of this day-long seminar is Pioneers and Patriots: Maximizing Technology for Genealogical Research. More information and registration information is available on the TVGS website. 

Saturday, November 7
Tennessee Genealogical Society Annual Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Germantown Church of Christ located at 8723 Poplar Pike, Germantown, Tennessee
The Tennessee Genealogical Society is extremely proud to announce that renowned genealogist, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, will be the guest speaker for the Annual Fall Seminar to be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Director of Family History at Findmypast. Passionate about the future of family history, Joshua is a nationally known and recognizedD. Joshua Taylor genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher and a frequent speaker at family history events across the globe. Active in the genealogical community, Joshua is the current President for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including RootsTech’s Distinguished Presenter Award, the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. He holds an MLS (Archival Management) and an MA (History) from Simmons College and has been a featured genealogist on Who Do You Think You Are? with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Clarkson, Ashley Judd, Reba McEntire, and Rob Lowe. At the present time Joshua can be seen taking America through their past as a host on the popular PBS series Genealogy Roadshow.

Be sure to mark your calendars now and set aside that date for an exciting genealogical adventure!

Saturday, November 14
Conference for a Cause  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Loveland, CO
Larimer County Genealogical Society all day seminar featuring D. Joshua Taylor. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions campaign and the Friday's Council Tree Chapter NSDAR Historic Marker Project at Grandview Cemetery (Fort Collins, CO).