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Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference
Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference  (FGS Events)
Springfield, Illinois
Save the Date for FGS 2016!
Centuries of Memories
Celebrate our 40th Anniversary with us and local host Illinois State Genealogical Society as we return to the Land of Lincoln in 2016!

Friday, September 9 through Saturday, September 10
Ozarks Genealogical Fall Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:30 pm to 4:00 pm
University Plaza Hotel, Springfield Missouri
Keynote Speaker: Michael Leclerc
Theme: "Colonial New England and its Migrations."
Includes mini sessions, vendors and door prizes.

Saturday, September 10
Annual BGSI Genealogy Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
CVCC Campus, 1633 Venture Blvd, Bedford, VA 24523
The Bedford Genealogical Society, Inc. (BGSI) will be hosting the 12th Annual Genealogy Fair from 9 am-3 pm at the Bedford Campus of CVCC. This event is FREE and open to the public! Lectures on genealogy/history topics on the hour from 10-1. FREE internet look-ups. Surname photos, stories, and information. Genealogy books and resources for sale. Tables available to rent for genealogy/history related topics by contacting Larry at bedfordgensociety@hotmail.org.

Saturday, September 10
12th Annual Genealogy Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bedford CVCC, 1633 Venture Blvd., Bedford, VA 24553
12th Annual Genealogy Fair, Free and Open to the Public!, Two lectures per hour, on the hour. Featured speakers are: Karen Rowlett, Deputy Clerk at the Bedford County Circuit Court, will speak on Local Records that can be used to glean genealogical information such as wills, deeds, judgements, births, deaths, marriages, etc.; Linda Scoville, President of the “Huguenot Society Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia”, will speak on the Huguenot contributions to the settlement of our country and the surnames hat belonged to this amazing group; Patrick Schroeder, Civil War author and Historian at the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park, will give a presentation on the last two battles to be fought on American soil in our country with his program on "The Battles of Appomattox"; L. David Roper, a Professor of Physics at Virginia Tech, will speak on DNA Testing and how he used these tools to trace his family surnames of “Roper” and “Franklin”; Nathan Flinchum, Senior Librarian at the Virginia Room of the Roanoke Public Library, will describe what genealogical information may be found in print or electronically at the library; Donna St. Clair will entertain with a presentation about her grandmother in-law, "Granny Coon", who was an Appalachian Granny Witch and who also grew and processed her own flax in her "spare time" to transform it into many useful items; Jeannie Turnmire, an LDS researcher for over forty years, will share information about the vast resources available through "FamilySearch.org"; Patrick Schroeder continues his detailed account of the events that occurred on April 8-9, 1864, with his program on "Surrender at Appomattox" which focuses on the surrender meeting and the events that followed. Other activities from 9 AM to 3 PM will include vendors, surnames, free look-ups, information, and food.
Other activities from 9 AM to 3 PM will include vendors, surnames, free look-ups, information and food.

Tuesday, September 13
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records  (FGS Member Society Events)
Your Computer
FREE Webinar: "Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Using Occupational Records"
Presenter: Amy Johnson Crow, CG
Date: September 13, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
Description: Our ancestors’ occupations are a way of identifying them. Exploring records created about occupation and employment can yield specific information about the ancestor, help place the ancestor in historical and social context, and spark ideas for further research.

Thursday, September 15
Lee County Genelaogical Society Monthly Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Member Steve Colburn will present a program on Storytelling.

Saturday, September 17
Annual Regional Genealogy Family History Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Gateway Technical College
Kenosha County Genealogy Society
Free Event which will include Speakers, Exhibitors, Genealogy Fun, Raffle and much more!

Saturday, September 17
Dallas Genealogical Society 2016 Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201
'Sources & Methods for Family History Research" featuring Curt Witcher, Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN where he manages The Genealogy Center, the institution’s Rare and Fine Book Collection, and the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln materials.
1: Historical Research Methodology:  Engaging the Process to Find all the Answers
2: German Migration into the Midwest
3: Fingerprinting Our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key
4: Native American/First Nations Research

Saturday, September 17
Middle TN Genealogical Society  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville, TN
Speaker: Trent Hanner, the senior reference librarian at the TN State Library and Archives. He has a B.A. and Master's in Library Science.
Topic: "Out-of-State Ancestor Might Be Found at the TN State Library and Archives." Trent Hanner will take us on a virtual tour of the resources that fall outside the borders of TN.
No charge for the meeting. Refreshments served.

Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24
MT State Genealogical Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 6:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Missoula, MT
Speakers are Judy Russell and Amy Crow. Each will give 4 lectures. See website for details. montanamsgs.org

Saturday, September 24
Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar - Research Riches in our Backyard: NARA, DAR, and LC  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Double Tree by Hilton, 5485 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD 21045
Maryland researchers have easy access to some of the premier genealogical desintations in the country. Come join us for a full day of inspiration and instruction on how take advantage of your geographical good fortune! Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9:00 AM. The presentations kick off at 10:00 AM. For complete details on the day's schedule and the topics to be covered, see our website.
A Federal Family Tree - Malissa Ruffner, CGSM
Introduction to the DAR Library - Steve Davidson, MLS
Genealogical Research at Archives II in College Park, Maryland - Kenneth Heger, Ph.D.
Genealogical Research at the Library of Congress - James Sweany, MSLS
Cost $65 for MGS members; $75 for non-members.
Pre-registration deadline is September 17, 2016.
Walk-in registration is an additional $5, space permitting.

Saturday, September 24
(PGSA) Polish Genealogical Society of America  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Taft High School, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60631
“A Primer”  Genealogy Workshop
Introducing skills and techniques to research your family tree facilitated by seasoned genealogists and PGSA members.  Featuring Michael Mulholland, Local History/Genealogy Librarian, Arlington Heights Library- an expert in general and European genealogical research.  And, Ola Heska, genealogist, lecturer, translator, and founder of Heska Worldwide Translations www.hwwd.com

Saturday, October 1
Genealogy Strategies: The Basics and More  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Woodbridge, VA
Joint fall conference presented by the Virginia Genealogical Society and Mount Vernon Genealogical Society.
Join us Friday (free to all) Sep 30th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Prince William County Library's RELIC Room in Manassas for strategy suggestions for difficult genealogical problems and to research at the library.
Oct 1st conference will offer two tracks: Genealogy Basics and Digging Deeper in Local and Federal Records. Speakers are Chuck Mason and Sharon Hodges. $44 for members, $55 for non-members, includes lunch.

Tuesday, October 11
Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals  (FGS Member Society Events)
Your Computer
FREE Webinar: "Midwestern Gems: Back Issues of Genealogical, Historical and Sociological Journals"
Presenter: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS, FUGS
Date: October 11, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
Description: Many years of social history, local/state history, military, and other serials aid in studying migration, land, military, churches, railroads, cemeteries, and other aspects of Midwestern ancestry. A plethora of FREE specialized finding aids, print and online access, and indexes exist. A journal might not mention a specific ancestor but may tell the story of a battle, town disturbance, or dispute in which an ancestor took part or observed. It might detail the history of a business or of a cemetery and list early burials.

Saturday, October 15
Today is Tomorrow's Past - 50 Years of Family History  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana St., Rapid City, SD 57701
Our Society is celebrating our 50th year as the oldest genealogical society in South Dakota
Paula Stuart- Warren, C.G., FMGS, FUGA is a professional genealogist specializing in genealogical and historical research, lecturing, consulting and writing. Her lectures, research, and consultations for individuals, societies, law firms, and Indian tribes seeking records and advice has taken her to many states, courthouses, archives, historical societies and libraries.
She is the intermediate Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh and teaches in other courses at both institutes. She has lectured at National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1993, and in many states and Canada on a variety of topics.
A former officer of the Association of Professional Genealogist, Past President of the Northland Chapter of APG, and former board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, she serves on the Board of Directors of FGS. She co-chaired the FGS 2001, 2011, and 2013 conferences. Among the publications she has written for are the former Ancestry Magazine, FGS FORUM, NGS Magazine, NGSQ, Family Tree Magazine, and was co-author of Your Guide to the Family History Library. She currently has her own blog at GenealogybyPaula.com

Saturday, October 15
2016 Family History Harvest  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Camarillo Public Library Community Room, 4101 E Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar
Plan ahead, and reserve your spot now, to hear Judy G. Russell, world-famed genealogist, when she comes to Camarillo for the VCGS annual seminar. She is informative and vastly engaging. You will be fascinated by what you will learn.
Seminar Topics:
* No Vitals? No Problem! Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
* Polls, Personality & Property: Making Sense of Tax Lists
* Where There Is--or Isn't--a Will
* Beyond X & Y: Promise & Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA

Friday, October 21 through Saturday, October 22
North Hills Genealogists' Fall 2016 Conference & Workshops  (FGS Member Society Events)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Two featured speakers J. Mark Lowe, CG, and Deborah A. Abborr, PhD
Topics include:
   Friday – afternoon and evening
  • Developing a Strategic Research Plan and Compiling Complete Results (J. Mark Lowe)
  • Talking Details:  Oral History and Genealogy (J. Mark Lowe and Deborah A. Abbott)
   Saturday – morning sessions
  • Genealogy 101: What Do I Do Next? (Deborah A. Abbott)
    • You Only Have A Death Announcement - Now What?
  • Genealogy 201: Methodology (J. Mark Lowe)
    • ‚ÄčWrite that Source Down
    • Pioneers of the Frontier:  Using Online Newspapers (1750-1900) To Find Early Settlers
   Saturday – afternoon sessions
  • Is It Really Online?  Finding and Using Original Sources at Home or Library (J. Mark Lowe)
  • Metes & Bounds:  Finding Land Transactions and Landless Documents (J. Mark Lowe)
Programs for beginning to advanced genealogists. Attend the entire conference or customize your schedule.

Saturday, October 22 through Saturday, October 22
Searching Your Roots in Germany  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, 445 Jefferson Ave, US Rt 42, Plain City, Ohio
Ohio Chapter Palatines to America Fall Seminar
"Searching Your Roots in Germany" Presenting Dr. Helmut Schmahl from the University of Mainz, Germany, as our featured speaker.
Go Digital: Current Trends in Genealogical Research in Germany
Introduction to Family Research in Southwest Germany
Beyond Lederhosen and Sauerkraut: Everyday Life in Germany in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Traces They Left Behind: German Sources About Our Ancestors.
Fees include syllabus, seminar sessions, vendor showcase, breakfast pasties, coffee & juice, and Full Buffet lunch with broasted chicken and roast beef. Member: $50; Non-Member: $60; Deadline for advance registration: October 5, 2016; After October 5, 2016 cost is $60 for Members and $70 for Non-Members Register online by PayPal: http://www.oh-palam.org/ or send to: Linda Dietrich, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239 e-mail: lindabelle@lcs.net.

Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30
TSGS 2016 Family History Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Dallas, Texas
Save the Date!
Texas State Genealogical Societies 2016 Family History Conference
Oct 28 — Oct 30, 2016
Dallas, Texas

Friday, October 28
Lee County Genelaogical Society Monthly Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Oral History and Heirlooms with LCGS members

Saturday, October 29
CGSI 9th Biennial Symposium  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Minnesota Genealogical Society Auditorium, 1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul, MN.
The 2016 CGSI Symposium, will be held on Saturday, 29 October 2016 at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Auditorium, 1185 Concord Street North, South Saint Paul, MN.
The program will be “Beyond Names, Dates, & Photos: Inspiration to Create a Family Legacy” and will help attendees learn more about the possibilities and process of taking data and turning it into shareable items.
A full agenda and registration will be available the first week of August. Please keep watching the website for updates.

Friday, November 4
Maps Wonderful Maps Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 102 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona
Pima County Genealogy Society Two hour Workshop featuring Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA and Richard G. Sayre , CG, CGL, FUGA "Maps Wonderful Maps!"
Maps enable genealogists to understand more about an ancestor's migration, community, and occupation. Attendees will learn about traditional and online resources for finding historical, topographical, birds-eye view, and other maps, how to interpret the maps' symbols and notations, and how to correlate other information with map data to place an ancestors in time and place. On-line demonstrations for finding and downloading appropriate maps.
PCGS member price $35.00, Non-Member price $45.00. Special pricing if also attending our Fall Seminar on Saturday November 5th.

Saturday, November 5
A Little Bit of Everything" featuring Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
102 N. Alvernon Way, Tuscon, AZ
Pima County Genealogy Society presents Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, and Richard G. Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, are professional genealogy researchers, educators, authors, and lecturers. They coordinate and teach courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and at Samford University's IGHR. They also present genealogical seminars throughout the country.
Registration – 8:30-9:00AM Includes lunch and beverages Door prizes, Raffle and book sales  LaQuinta Inn & Suites (discounted room rates available) 102 N. Alvernon Way
Seminar Topics: Enough Is Enough Or Is It Apps Galore for a Genealogist Capital Treasure The Civil War, A Valuable Genealogical Resource
PCGS member price $45.00 Non-member price $55.00 Special pricing available for attendees of seminar and workshop on November 4th 2016. Please see our website for additional information.

Tuesday, November 8
Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis  (FGS Member Society Events)
Your Computer
FREE Webinar: "Principles of Effective Evidence Analysis"
Presenter: George G. Morgan
Date: November 8, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
Description: Evidence comes in many forms and with varying amounts of content. This lecture focuses on studying evidence for reliable and less-than-reliable information. It begins with a discussion of types of source materials - original vs. derivative - and the differences between primary and secondary information, and goes on to address mixed content on sources. Print vs. electronic media are considered throughout, and evaluation of source citations to determine evidence weight and reliability is stressed. 

Tuesday, December 13
Without the Hint - There is No Story  (FGS Member Society Events)
Your Computer
FREE Webinar: "Without the Hint - There is No Story"
Presenter: Bernice Alexander Bennett
Date: December 13, 2016, 8:00 pm Central
Description: Oral history, passing remarks and casual conversations can lead to a journey to discover the family story.  The value of listening rather than discounting information can set the stage to crack a brick wall.  Every family has a challenge to uncover the truth, and one important challenge is explore every little detail heard that will prove or disprove the information.  This webinar is a case study of a casual conversation (a little hint) that opens the door to finding an amazing family story, which spans through an array of events and a myriad of records.  

Thursday, December 15
Lee County Genelaogical Society Monthly Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am
Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church Church Fellowship Hall, 8260 Cypress Lake Dr, Fort Myers, FL
Holiday Pot Luck.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 through Friday, January 27, 2017
Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG)  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Hilton SLC Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Join us for the 22nd annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), a week-long, in-depth learning experience hosted by the Utah Genealogical Association. SLIG opens with registration and a welcome reception on Sunday, January 22nd, and ends with a banquet on Friday evening, January 27th. Classes run Monday through Friday, with special events and research time at the nearby Family History Library (shuttles available) in the evenings.
SLIG 2017 is offering 14 courses taught by the field's top educators. Primarily focused on high-intermediate to advanced-level courses, SLIG also offers intermediate courses geared to strengthen the core understanding of the research process.
Registration opens July 9, 2016, 9:00 am MDT - many courses will fill quickly. Lodging reservations are also taken directly by SLIG. Details may be found at slig.ugagenealogy.org.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree & 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Coference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am
Burbank, California
Save The Dates!
48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree
"Hunting Your Heritage"
Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017
5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference
"Diving Into DNA"
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Workshops (including Friday JamboFree presentations)
Thursday, June 8; Friday June 9; Sunday, June 11, 2017
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
Burbank, California
The Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) is pleased to announce the 48th Annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, to be held Friday through Sunday, June 8 - 11, 2017 at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel, Burbank, California. The 5th Annual SCGS Genetic Genealogy Conference on Thursday, June 8, 2017 will be a full day of DNA presentations. In-Depth Workshops will occur throughout both conferences. Registration will begin in January 2017. For further information, visit the Jamboree website at www.genealogyjamboree.com and the Jamboree blog at www.genealogyjamboree.blogspot.com.
We look forward to seeing you at Jamboree 2017!

Friday, July 28, 2017 through Saturday, July 29, 2017
2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel
2017 International Germanic Genealogy ‘Connections’ Conference Offers Unique Opportunities
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—A growing international Germanic genealogy organization has set the date for the first of what is to become a biennial international conference offering Germanic family researchers unique opportunities to connect with people from other countries.
The conference, organized by the German-American Genealogical Partnership, is set for July 28 and 29, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minn.
“For anyone involved in researching Germanic ancestors, this is a rare opportunity to make personal connections with people from the United States, Germany and other countries. We especially encourage members and leaders of societies in the Partnership to join us in this inaugural international conference,” said Kent Cutkomp, one of the key founders of the Partnership and a past president of the Minnesota-based Germanic Genealogy Society, host of the 2017 conference.
A special discussion day for society leaders is set for July 27, 2017, the day prior to the official start of the conference.
The conference—“CONNECTIONS: International. Cultural. Personal.”—will offer more than 30 presentations by Germanic genealogy experts worldwide. Attendees will be invited to be part of a conference surname and locality database to match up with others attending, Cutkomp said.
Study rooms with computers and expert personal assistance will offer help with German script, language and research. The conference also will feature impromptu gatherings by region or special interest and a large field of vendors and exhibitors, he said.
The conference is scheduled at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel, in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb. Attendees may book room reservations at the hotel beginning in August. Registration for the conference opens in January 2017.
The Partnership, founded in 2015, joins Germanic societies across America, Germany, Canada, England and other European countries, and continues to draw new societies worldwide. Partnership members include the more than 60 societies belonging to the Germany-based Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Genealogischer Verbände, whose leadership helped in founding the Partnership.
“Our purpose in creating the Partnership is to expand cooperation among societies nationally and internationally for the benefit of their individual members,” Cutkomp said. “We are undertaking a number of major initiatives, one of those being the 2017 international conference.”

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 through Saturday, September 2, 2017
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference  (FGS Events)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Save the Date for FGS 2017!
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.