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Monday, July 6
"Early Ancestors in Arkansas, Missouri or Illinois May Be a Clue to the War of 1812"  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:00 pm
Oklahoma History Center
Program: "Early Ancestors in Arkansas, Missouri or Illinois May Be a Clue to the War of 1812"
Speaker: Billie Stone Fogarty, M. Ed., is a professional genealogist from Oklahoma City. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Oklahoma Historical Society. She is Past President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society. She teaches genealogy courses both locally and via webinars and is a frequent genealogical lecturer across the nation.

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 Tennessee Genealogical Society offers a personal guided tour, led by Drew Mahan, through the Nashville Metro Archives. Tour is 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.
  • 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 accepted.)

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

Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1
"Summer Sizzler Genealogy Workshop"  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Program: "Summer Sizzler Genealogy Workshop: Opening and Writing the Book on Your Family History"
Jointly sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center and the Oklahoma Genealogical Society

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
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1830 
  • Essential Technology for Genealogists
  • The Modern-Genealogist: Timesaving Tips for Every Researcher
  • 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/

New York State Family History Conference
Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19
New York State Family History Conference  (FGS Events)
441 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, NY
The 2015 New York State Family History Conference will be three days long and consist of three concurrent tracts, and will run from Thursday, September 17, 2015 through Saturday, September 19, 2015. We will also be scheduling a pre-conference research day. Thursday's programming will be organized and hosted by FGS. The Conference will be held at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn, located at 441 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, NY.
Members of the Central New York Genealogical Society, the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society will be eligible for discounted conference rates. We also encourage genealogical and historical societies to attend and are offering discounted exhibit space!
Societies reserve your discounted table here: http://www.nysfhc.org/exhibitors.html

Saturday, October 3
Maryland Genealogical Society Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am
Holiday Inn Laurel-West Hotel, 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707
Identifying Your Ancestors and Telling Their Stories
Join the Maryland Genealogical Society for a day of four one-hour lectures by Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, and author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, a popular textbook on genealogical assessment and reasoning. Retired from a thirty-year career in higher education and professor emeritus at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Tom works full time as a genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has been a co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and coordinates advanced research and writing courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Samford University’s Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research. He also teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate Program. He is known for his meaty lectures benefiting genealogists of all experience levels. We are pleased to welcome him to Maryland!

Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
Genealogists may be frustrated by not finding ancestors in the records and places where they logically expect them to be. This presentation will explain seven reasons why such ancestors seem to have disappeared, provide examples of each from actual case studies, and suggest strategies to help attendees find their elusive ancestors.

Missing Something? Getting the Most Out of Genealogical Evidence
Attendees will learn five ways to get more information from the genealogical sources they use: paying attention to all of the evidence in the sources; examining each source’s context; using an entire series; paying better attention to what is not in the source (using negative evidence); and combining sources to build a case.

Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?
Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. The interactive case study will show both how such cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today.

Going Beyond Bare Bones: Reconstructing Your Ancestors’ Lives
Attendees will learn how to extract information from frequently used genealogical sources to create biographies that bring ancestors to life.

For a mail-in registration form or to register online visit

Saturday, October 17 through Sunday, October 18
Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar 2015  (FGS Member Society Events)
Program: "The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems"
Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Jones

Saturday, October 24
2015 Annual Seminar – Johnson County Genealogical Society and Library  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
The Ritz Charles Event Center, 9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS
Johnson County Genealogical Society is proud to present our speaker for 2015. George G. Morgan is the president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at local, state, national, and international genealogical conferences, webinars, and on cruises and tours. 
Topics for the seminar:
Bring 'Em Back to Life: Developing an Ancestor Profile
Dissect Obituaries for New Clues
Alterate Records You May Never Have Considered
Clues in the News: Your Ancestor in Community Context

2015 TSGS Annual Family History Conference
Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1
2015 TSGS Annual Family History Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Austin, Texas
Save the Date!
The TSGS Annual Family History Conference will be in Austin, Texas
October 30 — November 1, 2015.

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).

Thursday, March 17, 2016 through Saturday, March 19, 2016
California African Amererican Genealogical Society's 30th Anniversary Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Los Angeles, California
Save the Date!
"African American History is America's History: Reaching In, Reaching Out"
Come early and take advantage of opportunities to research family history in Los Angeles and Southern California. In addition to a conference filled with relevant genealogical sessions, you can also plan to take the Black History Tour of Los Angeles, visit libraries, museums and cemeteries serving as picturesque resting places for some of the most famous people in the world… in addition to the movie studios, Disneyland and other theme park venues offering fun and thrills on the cusp of spring break!!
Conference details, hotel information and call for presentations will be available soon. For further information: www.caags.org, or email conference@caags.org