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Sunday, April 27 through Thursday, January 1
Genealogical Society of Kendall County Research Trip  (FGS Member Society Events)
Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
The Genealogical Society of Kendall County, Texas, has rooms reserved at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel next door to the Family History Library, call 801.521.0130 to make reservations. Call Coordinator, Gwen Adrian at 830.249.3085 or 830.337.9012 for questions and to let her know if you can go. Gwen says, "A trip to the Family History is a special experience, especially for genealogists. That is why many of us go year after year." Join us for a research trip for and with genealogists and have a great time.  Visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tx gskc.


Saturday, September 6
Finding Your War of 1812 Ancestors  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
The Maryland Historical Society, 201 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Learn about the War of 1812 and where the records are. Visit the Maryland Historical Society’s wonderful War of 1812 Exhibit, the largest in Maryland. This includes the new “BEARINGS of Baltimore, Circa 1815,” an interactive, detailed 3-D map/image of Baltimore as it was during the War of 1812.

Presentations:
Burton K. Kummerow- Chasing Our 1812 Ancestors: Lessons for a Public Historian
John Deeben- War of 1812 Naval Records
John Deeben- War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG- War of 1812 Pension Records

Jointly sponsored by The Maryland Genealogical Society and The Maryland Historical Society.
Price includes continental breakfast, box lunch (select sandwich at registration.), and access to library and museum at the Maryland Historical Society.

Cost: $45.00 – Members of sponsoring organizations (Pre-registered by Sept. 2)
$50.00 – Non-members (Pre-registered by Sept. 2)

Pre-registration deadline: Sept. 2, 2014 (Walk-in registration is an additional $5.)
 


Saturday, September 6
Bucks County Genealogical Society Meeting & Presentation  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Council Rock High School North Library, 62 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA (Park in right parking lot).
“Tips and Tricks: Beyond the Basics of Ancestry.com” presented by Sabrina Petersen, Director of Global Imaging, Ancestry.com. Learn the best methods to using Ancestry to solve brick wall challenges, and uncover the records you have been searching for. Attendees will have the use of library computers, including access to Ancestry.com Library Edition, to do their own research. Open to the public. Free admission – Door prizes. For more info: www.bucksgen.org.
 


Wednesday, September 10
What’s new in the Genealogy Center - ACGSI Free Monthly Educational Program  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana
The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana begins our 39th year with Curt B. Witcher providing an update on some of the new acquisitions to the Genealogy Center.

Curt B. Witcher is the Senior Manager for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library and is also the manager of the Genealogy Center. Curt is a former president of both the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society. He is also the founding president of the Indiana Genealogical Society. 
 


Friday, September 12 through Saturday, September 13
2014 OGS Fall Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:00 pm
Ramada Oasis Convention Center, Springfield, Missouri
The Ozarks Genealogical Society Fall Conference "Breaking Down Brick Walls" will be held September 12 and 13 in Springfield, MO. The keynote speaker is J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. Mr. Lowe's presentations will be:
"Here Comes the Bride, and There She Goes"
"Ready-Set-Plan! Developing a One-Step Research Plan"
"Using that Brickwall as a Foundation"
"Using the Internet for Genealogy and Research"
There will also be four mini-sessions covering other research topics.
 


Saturday, September 13
CCGS presents Dr. John P. Colletta: "The Many Ways to Explore and Preserve Your Family History  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Denver Public Library, Downstairs Conference Center, 10W 14th Ave., Denver, CO
All-day seminar for "Today's Generation of Genealogists and Tomorrow's
[1] Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, Part 1: A Reliable Record
[2] Assembling and Writing a Narrative Family History, Part 2: A Readable Story
[3] Using Original and Derivative Sources: How to Evaluate Evidence
[4] Sixteen Repositories, One Life: Uncommon Original Sources Portray a 19th Century Immigrant
 
For additional information please contact seminar@cocouncil.org. Visit http://cocouncil.org.


Saturday, September 13 through Saturday, September 13
North Suburban Genealogical Society Public Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL
The meeting will feature Mike Karsen                
** Write Your Family History NOW! **
 
We genealogists are very good at doing research and collecting many facts about our families. For any of a number of reasons, however, most of us delay publishing the results of this research. Mike Karsen shows how you can publish your findings in books that vary from a simple 30 pages to one that contains detailed biographies and places your family in historical context. Your goal should be to organize your findings and share them with your family as soon as possible.
 
The meeting is free and open to the public.  Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments.  The meeting room is handicap accessible.
 
 


Saturday, September 20
Bucks County Ancestry Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bucks County Visitors Center, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
Hosted by Bucks County Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of PA, this 8th annual fair consists of two tracks of speakers presenting military research and beginning genealogy. Exhibitors include genealogical, historical, and lineage societies, “ask the expert panel” for research and organization assistance, family history center, repositories, and resource materials. Free Admission – Open to the Public – Door Prizes! 
 


Thursday, September 25 through Saturday, September 27
Montana State Genealogical Society Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Colonial Inn, Helena MT
This is the 25th Anniversary Conference for MSGS.  We will feature two well known speakers.
 
CURT WITCHER is the Sr. Manager for Special Collections at the Allan County Public Library, Fort Wayne IN.  His topics are:  Historical Research Methodology: Engaging the Process to find all the Answers Using Military Records for Genealogical Research; Mining the Mother Lode: Using Periodical Literature and PERSI for Genealogical Research; and Fingerprinting our Families: Using Ancestral Origins as a Genealogical Research Key.
 
DAVID RENCHER is Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch in Salt Lake City UT.  His topics are: Irish Jurisdictions and Reference Works; Digital Projects and Programs of FamilySearch; and Mining the Destination Data: Methodology for Irish Immigration and Emigration.
 
 


Saturday, September 27
Dallas Genealogical Society 2014 Fall Lecture  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Dallas, TX
The Dallas Genealogical Society is excited to announce that genealogist and legal educator Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, will be the featured speaker at our Fall Lecture to be held September 27, 2014 at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas, TX.

Genealogy and the Law: From the Past to the Future, includes 4 presentations: “From Blackstone to the Statutes at Large - How Knowing the Law Makes Us Better Genealogists”; “Don't Forget the Ladies - A Genealogist's Guide to Women and the Law”; “Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War”, and “The Ethical Genealogist”.
 



Friday, October 3
Pima County Genealogy Society Workshop with Lisa Louise Cooke  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Far Horizons Tucson Village, 555 N Pantano Road, Tucson, Arizona
Lisa Louise Cooke will present a workshop featuring two topics: 
5 Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy Research with Old Maps
The Great Google Earth Game Show - Fascinating Family History Fun!
   
 
 


Friday, October 3 through Saturday, October 4
Forensic Genealogy - Where CSI Meets Roots  (FGS Member Society Events)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about genealogy, forensics, and DNA from an expert that has scoured the earth for missing persons, dead or alive. Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, Forensic Genealogist, has been called the DNA Detective. She is an award-winning author of three books on forensic genealogy and columnist. Dr. Fitzpatrick will present five sessions at the conference on how DNA can help you with your family history, new techniques in photo identification, and so much more. For more detailed information on the program, click on Conference Brochure.
Forensic genealogy has established itself as the modern approach to family history research. Learn techniques that can enhance your conventional research methods. Photographs, databases, and DNA can yield much more when they are examined using forensic techniques.
 


Friday, October 3 through Saturday, October 4
Forensic Genealogy - Where CSI Meets Roots  (FGS Member Society Events)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about genealogy, forensics, and DNA from an expert that has scoured the earth for missing persons, dead or alive. Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, Forensic Genealogist, has been called the DNA Detective. She is an award-winning author of three books on forensic genealogy and columnist. Dr. Fitzpatrick will present five sessions at the conference on how DNA can help you with your family history, new techniques in photo identification, and so much more. For more detailed information on the program, click on Conference Brochure.
Forensic genealogy has established itself as the modern approach to family history research. Learn techniques that can enhance your conventional research methods. Photographs, databases, and DNA can yield much more when they are examined using forensic techniques.
 


Saturday, October 4
Pima County Genealogy Society Seminar with Lisa Louise Cooke  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Far Horizons Tucson Village, 555 N Pantano Road, Tucson, Arizona
Seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke, International Speaker, Owner, Producer, and Host of Genealogy Gems Podcast, and Author.
 
She will present the following topics:
How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote
Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames
 
Lunch included. 
 
 


Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 11
IGS Annual Conference & Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
St Paul's Presbyterian Church
Conference to be held at St Paul's Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines IA, on Oct 10 & 11, 2014, will feature Kathleen Brandt. Sessions: Finding the Elusive Civil War Ancestor, Technology Toys for Genealogists, Military Research for Genealogists, Leaping Over Brickwalls, How We Were Freed, Sharing Our Ancestors.
 


Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 11
IGS Annual Conference & Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:45 pm
St Paul's Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston IA 50131
Our main annual conference speaker will be Kathleen Brandt. You can see Kathleen’s work on TLC and NBC: “Who Do You Think You Are?” with Tim McGraw (she appears on this episode), Reba McEntire, and others, and in 2014 on the Cynthia Nixon episode airing on July 23, 2014. She is also a researcher with PBS: Finding Your Roots, a freelance writer for AARP and Jet Magazine and is a published author.
Topics include: Finding the Elusive Civil War Ancestor, Technology Toys for Genealogists, Leaping Over Brickwalls, How We Were Freed, Sharing Our Ancestors.
Other sessions will be Indian Tribes in the 19th Century Iowa Vicinity - Tribes living in specific parts of Iowa during the 100-year span 1800 to 1899, and some of the historic records available and the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.
 


Saturday, October 11
Ohio Chapter PalAm Fall Seminar––German Genealogy  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Der Dutchman Restaurant, Plain City, OH
Understanding Ancestors' Occupations & New German Digital Libraries
Featured Speaker: Baerbel Johnson, Professional Genealogist, Family Search International Reference-Desk Consultant
Program & Lunch: $49; PalAm Members $39; Students $20; after Sept 26 add $10
 
 


Saturday, October 11 through Saturday, October 11
IGS/UGA Combined Conference: Family Ties Crossing Borders  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Idaho State University Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho
This first time two state genealogical societies (Idaho and Utah) have held a joint conference.The theme focuses on the many Utah pioneer families that came into Idaho in the 1800s. Keynote speaker is Susan Hawkes, Director of Relic Hall, and historian of the first Idaho settlement in Franklin. The conference will include 16 noted speakers from both Utah and Idaho on a variety of topics and an academic panel of librarians who will highlight their special collections during lunch.Vendors are invited to participate. The conference will conclude with door prizes and the annual meeting and election of officers and board of directors for the Idaho Genealogical Society.
 


Saturday, October 11 through Saturday, October 11
North Suburban Genealogical Society Public Meeting  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Northbrook History Museum, 1776 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, IL
The meeting will feature Ginger Frere, MLIS                 
** Mining the National Archives **
 
What’s in the archives that I can’t find online? Why make the trip? This session will explore some of the lesser known holdings of the National Archives—at the Great Lakes Region and in Washington, D.C. Post Office records, Great Lakes Maritime records, passport applications and much more. Come learn about the ways you can find and access these genealogical gold mines.
 
The meeting is free and open to the public.  Guests are welcome and are invited to bring a friend and enjoy refreshments.  The meeting room is handicap accessible.
 


Saturday, October 25
VCGS Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Camarillo Public Library, 4101 E. Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar
Open to the public

Speaker Curt B. Witcher presentations:
Roll Call
Historical Research Methods
Fingerprinting Our Families
This I Believe

Curt B. Witcher is the Senior Manger for Special Collections at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN where he manages The Genealogy Center, serves as general curator for the library's Rare and Fine Book Collection, and is the Supervisor for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of Abraham Lincoln materials.

Price includes syllabus.
Cost: $40 - VCGS members pay before October 1st
$45 - VCGS members pay October 1st or later
$50 - Non-members
$12 - Box lunch (optional) pre-paid, select sandwich at registration

Event activities include: Genealogical Sales Table, Door Prizes, and Silent Auction
Register online or get more information at our website.
 
 
 



Saturday, November 1
Texas State Genelogical Society Seminar and Awards Luncheon  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
4 Cities in Texas
Since the Texas State Genealogical Society is a Host Society for the 2014 FGS Annual Conference in San Antonio, we expect our 2014 State Annual Meeting to be abbreviated to one day and WebCast to and from a number of locations in Texas.
 



Saturday, January 31, 2015
Whittier Area Genealogical Society 32nd Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Masonic Lodge / 7604 Greenleaf Ave. / Whittier, CA, USA
Geoffrey Rasmussen, speaker, author of videos, articles, and developer of Legacy Family Tree software program will speak on four different topics on Saturday, January 31, 2015. For more information, visit the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) website, download the flyer, and register for this amazing event!
 



Wednesday, February 11, 2015 through Saturday, February 14, 2015
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City  (FGS Events)
The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech are teaming up for a one-time special genealogy event at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, February 11–14, 2015. FGS and RootsTech will share the expo hall, general sessions, activities, and more while each conference offers their own program of sessions. FGS sessions will focus on methodology, records, ethnic research, and migration for honing your research skills and society issues to motivate and inspire society volunteers. RootsTech will offer a program of technology-based solutions for the genealogy needs of both individuals and societies.
 
Register for FGS only or add-on a RootsTech pass for an additional fee to have access to both programs.
 



Friday, August 28, 2015 through Friday, September 4, 2015
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.
 
Featuring
  • 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
 
Registration opens April 1, 2015 at https://www.fgsconference.org/cruise/.