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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

Saturday, August 15
Ventura County Genealogical Society FREE Genealogy Program in August  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm
Camarillo Library, Community Room, 4101 Las Posas Rd, Camarillo, CA
"Breaking Down Brick Walls: Three Case Studies"
Speaker: Ted Gostin

All genealogists eventually run up against a “brick wall” in their research, that is, a research problem that they just can’t seem to solve. This lecture reviews three cases studies where brick walls were successfully overcome, and from those experiences draws out a series of research strategies that might be applied to other difficult-to-solve problems. The three case studies involved trying to determine the parents of an early, post-revolutionary American ancestor in New York State (Metcalf); trying to determine Juaneño Indian ancestry (from Mission San Juan Capistrano) in a California Latino family (Mireles); and trying to find any trace of a Polish-Jewish immigrant tailor in England in the mid-1800s.

Mr. Gostin has been doing genealogical research since 1980, and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources and immigration and naturalization records. His articles have appeared in genealogical publications throughout the country. He is the owner of both Gostin Research Associates and the publishing/bookselling firm Generations Press.

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/

Saturday, August 29
Middle TN Genealogical Society Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
FiftyForward Knowles Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville, TN (across from the State Fairgrounds)
Program: "Learning the Legal Avenues in Genealogy" The Workshop will cover: wills, deeds, court records, tax records, guardianship records and other legal documents that will assist those working on Genealogy. Presenter: Paul R. White, Nashville attorney, and member of MTGS. He is an avid researcher in genealogy and historic topics. He has authored 2 Family Histories and won the MTGS Writer's Award for best article in the MTGS Quarterly Journal for 2012/2013. For more information, visit our website.

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, September 19
Irish Genealogy Workshop - Focus on Ulster  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:15 am to 4:45 pm
Toronto, Ontario
Enjoy a full day of fascinating lectures on the people of Ulster from the 17th to the 20th centuries and learn about the resources available to find your Ulster ancestors. Lead speakers: Dr. William Roulston and Chris Paton.

Sunday, September 20
"Case Study: Genealogy of Renee Kaufman"  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
Speaker: Dr. Stephen A. Morse
This lecture presents a case study illustrating how to transform minimal information into a detailed genealogy using One-Step Webpage tools and other websites. The presentation also teaches how to find records in spite of name misspellings, and how to analyze evidence to avoid accepting wrong information.

Steve Morse earned degrees in Electrical Engineering from the City College of NY, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, and New York University. Architect of the Intel 8086 chip, he has worked for Bell Laboratories, IBM’s Watson Research Center, and GE Corporate Research and Development. He is also the founder and developer of the One-Step Webpages, used by genealogists worldwide, and co-author with Dr. Alexander Beider of the Beider-Morse Phonetic Name Matching Algorithm.

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

Sunday, October 4
Schertz Cibolo Valley Area Genealogist Family History Workshop  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Schertz Library, Schertz, TX
Schertz Cibolo Valley Area Genealogist will host a free Family History Day to show the various means and methods of finding and preserving family stories and heirlooms. This event is open to everyone.

Saturday, October 10
Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia Fall Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
Richmond, Virginia
Featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG.

Saturday, October 10
4th Annual Wichita Genealogical Society Conference  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:15 am to 4:00 pm
Eugene M Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E 29th St N., Wichita, Kansas
Our featured speaker will be Diane C. Loosle.  She is an Accredited Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogist. She has a Bachelors degree in History with an emphasis in Family History and Genealogy and a Masters of Business Administration. She has worked for FamilySearch for the past twenty-one years as a British Reference Consultant, British Reference Unit Supervisor, Customer Experience Manager, FamilySearch Genealogical Community Services Manager, Director Genealogical Services and is currently the Director of the Family History Library and FamilySearch Centers worldwide.
We will also hear from Michelle Enke. She is the Local History Librarian at the Wichita Public Library for over 13 years, and manager of the Lawrence & Lucile Wulfmeyer Genealogy/Special Collections Center.  Michelle has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor’s in History from Truman State University. 
  • What Do We Care About?” by Diane C. Loosle
  • Family Search: “An Introduction to Who We Are, by Diane C. Loosle
  • “Off the Stacks and On the Web: Kansas Genealogy and History Online”, by Michelle Enke
  • Family Search: “Getting the Most out of The Website”, by Diane C. Loose                     
  • Family Search Wiki: “To the Rescue When It Gets Tricky”, by Diane C. Loosle
  • Family Search Memories: “Preserving Your Memories for the Future”, by Diane C Loosle
Light Breakfast and Lunch is included with paid registration.  Free Vendor Fair.

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 17
Fresno County Genealogical Society Annual Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Clovis Veterans Memorial District 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA 93612, in the Liberty Ballroom
The Central Valley welcomes on of the premier genealogy speakers!

Fresno County Genealogical Society presents our 12th Annual Genealogy Seminar featuring Lisa Louise Cooke.

On Saturday, October 17,
2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Workshop topics:
How the Genealogist Can Remember Everything with Evernote,
Google Search Strategies for Common Surnames,
How to Reopen and Work on a Genealogical Cold Case,
Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers.

Pre-register on-line at by September 27th for the best price.
No registrations accepted after October 10th.

Registration confirmations will be
mailed and no refunds will be issued once you have registered. No registrations will be sold at the door.

Contact us at (559)600-6230 or seminarfcgs@gmail.com.

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

Saturday, October 24
New Mexico Genealogical Society 55th Symposium  (FGS Member Society Events)
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Albuquerque, NM
What do you need in your genealogical toolbox in 2015? Our one-day symposium will offer some 21st century tools to help elevate your genealogy research to the next level.

DNA, Timelines, Publishing, Evernote, Place Names

Saturday, October 24
Ohio Chapter 2015 PalAm Fall Seminar  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am to 3:30 pm
445 Jefferson Ave, U.S. Rte 42, Plain City, OH 43064
Featured Speaker: Marianne Wokeck, native German author of Trade in Strangers; and Chancellor’s Professor of History, Indiana University.
  • To Move or Not To Move: Transatlantic Relocation in the Age of Sail
  • Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns
  • The Branding of "Other":  Defining and Re-Defining Ethnic Identity in the 18th Century
  • Preaching and Walking the Walk:  The Role of Minister's Households in Shaping Local Customs and Tradition
Fee including materials & Der Dutchman lunch: $49;  PalAm Members: $39 
Deadline for Early Registration is October 9, 2015;  After October 9 add $10  (non-members $59; members $49).
Register online by PayPal: http://www.oh-palam.org/ or send to: Linda Dietrich, 5422 Cindy Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45239, e-mail: ginnyp1958@att.net

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).

Sunday, December 13
“U.S. Passenger Arrival Records, 1820-1930s: Sources and Strategies for Challenging Cases.”  (FGS Member Society Events)
1:30 pm
B'nai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
Speaker: John Philip Colletta, PhD

This lecture summarizes briefly the sources for finding the arrival record of a 19th- or 20th-century immigrant to America. It then elaborates on a variety of alternative sources and methods for overcoming particularly challenging issues that often hinder success, such as variant spellings of names, conflicting arrival dates, confusion of ship names, various ports of departure and arrival, and missing passenger manifests.

The event will culminate in a book signing of “They Came in Ships” ($15); By advance reservation, copies of these books will be available: “Finding Italian Roots” ($19), “Only a Few Bones” ($30).

John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University (Birmingham, Ala.), the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, and Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program.

He has also been an instructor and course coordinator for the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).

Learn more.

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

Friday, June 3, 2016 through Sunday, June 5, 2016
OGS Conference 2016: Genealogy on the Cutting Edge  (FGS Member Society Events)
9:00 am
Toronto, Ontario
The Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto Branch will host the Society’s annual conference on June 3-5, 2016. The conference theme, “Genealogy on the Cutting Edge”, has been selected to inspire excitement among speakers, exhibitors and attendees alike. A call for presentations has been issued and details are available on the Conference website. Deadline for proposals is 14 August 2015.