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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, August 2
Out of the Ordinary - Out of the Box  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Conference Center, Belleville, Illinois
Come to southwestern Illinois to join the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS)  all-day genealogy conference. Choose from seven lectures geared for genealogists, hobbyists, and family historians at all levels of experience, presented by Judy G Russell, JD, CG, CGL, Dennis Northcutt, and Diane Renner Walsh, CG. Lectures use real-life examples and provide many "tools" to empower your research.
Is your ancestral hunt at a standstill for lack of vital records? We have a lecture designed to overcome that barrier. Do you blog or chronicle your family history online or in print? Learn how to keep out of trouble when using works of others while protecting your own efforts.
 
Has your research trail gone cold in Illinois? Another session covers a variety of resources in which past Illinoians left their mark. Looking to enliven your ancestor's story? Then tools used in compiling house histories should be enlightening and entertaining.
 
REGISTRATION includes full-day conference, syllabus, lunch, dessert and beverage, and mid-morning and afternoon coffee and tea. Early Bird reduced registration fee must be postmarked by July 16, 2014, so mail early to ensure receipt by the deadline. 
 
 


Saturday, August 2
St. Clair County (IL) 2014 Summer Seminar: Out of the Ordinary -- Out of the Box  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows Conference Center, 442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville IL
Topics and tools for different perspectives in family history research to fill in or add to the experience for beginner to advanced levels. Women, wills, houses and early settlers in Illinois are among the two tracks of seven presentations. Featured speakers: Judy G. Russell, JD, CG (SM), CGL (SM); Dennis Northcutt, assistant archivist, Missouri History Museum and Research Center; and Diane Renner Walsh, CG (SM). Early bird registration postmarked by July 16. 
 


Saturday, August 2
Kentucky Genealogical Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:45 am
Frankfort, KY
The Kentucky Genealogical Society will host their 39th Annual Seminar on August 2 with four sessions presented by J. Mark Lowe. Seating is limited so register early. 
 


Saturday, August 2
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
"Cold Case: Blasting Brick Walls," presented by Christine Roberts, President and Founder of BCGS. Learn strategies to help you climb over, dig under, and blast right through those barriers in your family research. $5 Members / $10 Non-Members. Open to the public. Visit www.bucksgen.org.


Tuesday, August 5
Organizing Your Research Without Losing Your Mind, by Julie Miller  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:30 pm
Frasier Meadows Retirement Community Sky Lounge (5th Floor), 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, Colorado 8030
Most of us struggle to identify the best system to organize our genealogy. Come hear organizing techniques that will help you spend more time researching and less time retrieving information, repeating research, and relocating documents.
 
Julie is a full-time genealogy researcher, speaker, writer, and a volunteer at the Regional National Archives since 1996. She was the 2010 and 2012 NGS conference chair, NGS vice president, and is past president of the Colorado chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Colorado Genealogical Society. Julie was the 2013 winner of the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism.
 


Saturday, August 9
A Day of Genealogy with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
St. Mary's County, MD
St. Mary's County Genealogical Society, Inc.  presents
A Day of Genealogy with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Saturday, August 9th 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
44219 Airport Rd., California, MD
 
Join Us for Four Presentations by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
How Old Did He Have to Be?
Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
Polls, Personalty and Property - Making Sense of Tax Lists
Rogues, Rascals And rapscallions: The Family Black Sheep
 
SMCGS Members - $25.00;  Non-Members $35.00
 
Register online at www.eventbrite.com or get more information at our website.  Visit www.smcgsi.org.
 


Saturday, August 9 through Saturday, August 9
Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Roy Hancock Center, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL
The 2014 Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois conference will be held Sat. August 9, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Ray Hancock Conference Center at John A. Logan College in Carterville, Illinois.  Our featured speaker is THOMAS MACENTEE, Certified Genealogist & Certified Genealogical lecturer, and founder of High-Definition Genealogy.  Registration received by July 25th includes  lunch and is only $40 for GSSI members, and $50 for non-members.  Registration received after July 25th does not include lunch. Check out the GSSI website for details on the conference and the registration form.  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilgssi
Seating is limited, so register early.
 
 


Saturday, August 9 through Saturday, August 9
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 Steve Szabados        
** Naturalization – Beginning of Your U.S. Family Heritage **
 
Find you immigrant ancestors’ naturalization papers to see the beginning of your roots in American History. This program starts with the history of the naturalization process and a review of the requirements and then discusses where your ancestors were naturalized which is key to finding their documents. Traditional and online sources are reviewed.
 
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.
 


Friday, August 15 through Saturday, August 16
Improved Genealogy Through Better Methodology  (FGS Member Society Events)
7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Presenter: David Rencher, AG,CG, FIGRS, FUGA
Co-hosted by Skagit Valley Genealogical Society & Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society.
 
The WSGS Annual Conference co hosted by Skagit Valley Genealogical Society and Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society will be held on August 15-16 at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center and Arlington High School, in Arlington, WA.   Keynote speaker will be David Rencher of Salt Lake, UT. He is the Chief Genealogical Officer for Family Search and a nationally known speaker. Other presenters will be Eric Stroschein of Mount Vernon, WA.; Steven Morrison of Olympia, WA; Mary Kathryn Kozy of Kent, WA; and Donna Potter Phillips of Spokane, WA.  We are looking forward to some great presentations with a Friday night banquet, Saturday continental breakfast and lunch available on both days.  Registration will begin in late Spring 2014.

For further details visit our website at  www.wsgs2014conference.com  or email  wsgs2014conference@yahoo.com
 


Friday, August 15 through Saturday, August 16
Celtic Connections Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:00 am
Waltham, MA. Bentley University
TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association) and IGSI (Irish Genealogical Society International) are partnering to bring this unique  experience to the United States covering many aspects of Celtic culture including genealogy, history, music and language. 
 
This 2 day event will feature international, national and regional experts in their fields including John Grenham, Brian Donovan, Eileen O'Duill, Sean O'Duill, Kyle Betit, Dwight Radford, Richard Doherty, Donna Moughty, Nora Galvin, Bill Budde, Marie Daly, Mike Maglio, Kate Chadbourne, Diane Plunkett Latham, Sheila O'Rourke Northrop, Beth D. Vought.
 
Early registration ends June 1st.
 
Visit http://celtic-connections.org


Tuesday, August 19 through Tuesday, August 19
Genealogy Fair  (FGS Member Society Events)
6:30 pm
Community Room of the Stephens Central Library, 33 W Beauregard Ave, San Angelo, TX 76903
"Who's your (Great-Grand) daddy?" At the fourth annual Genealogy Fair, the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society helps attendees answer that question and more about their ancestry. Sponsored by the San Angelo Standard-Times and the Tom Green County Library, the Genealogy Fair features over 50 exhibits including hands-on web site demonstrations and information that immerses attendees in personal and regional history. Featured exhibitors include Fort Concho, Fort Chadbourne, Fort McKavett, museums, cemetery organizations, historical societies, lineage societies, demonstrations of genealogy websites and much more. Plus, SAGHS is giving away well over $1000 worth of door prizes donated by genealogy websites such as MyHeritage.com, Genealogy Bank, Fold3, Newspapers.com and more. This event is free and open to the public!
 


Thursday, August 28 through Saturday, August 30
FGS Conference 2014 in San Antonio, Texas  (FGS Member Society Events)
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 East Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205
 
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference
 
Gone to Texas!
A conference for the nation’s genealogists!
with local co-hosts
San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
and the Texas State Genealogical Society
 
Gather with the nation's genealogists in historic San Antonio, Texas, as we experience four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Together we will continue our tradition of providing exceptional educational opportunities for genealogists from across the nation and beyond. Visit the FGS Conference blog for up-to-date information! 
 



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 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.
 
 


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.
 
 



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!
   
 
 


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.
 


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
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, 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.