General

Who Attends an FGS Conference?

FGS conferences are open to everyone with an interest in family history. Attendees have a varying range of experience from those just beginning their journey into the past to advanced researchers with many years of experience and every level in between. Whether genealogy is your career or your obsession, you are welcome to attend.

Do I have to be a member of FGS to register for this conference?

No. In fact, FGS does not have individual memberships. FGS members are genealogical societies.  You also do not need to be a member of one of these societies to register for the FGS conference. If you are interested in genealogical research, you are invited to join in on the conference education and fun. Anyone can register for the FGS Conference.

Can I attend an FGS conference if I'm not a member of a genealogical society?

Yes. If you are interested in genealogical research, you are invited to join in on the conference education and fun. Anyone can register for the FGS Conference.

Who can attend sponsored luncheons?

While the luncheons are sponsored by various organizations, anyone interested in the organization or the presentation may purchase a ticket and attend. Membership in the sponsoring organization is not necessary. 

How do I locate where a lecture, workshop or luncheon is being held after I arrive at the conference?

The On-Site Guide provided with your registration materials lists the rooms each specific lecture is in along with a layout map. The conference app will also have room assignments and a map.

Are conference sessions taped?

FGS contracts with Fleetwood Onsite Conference Recording to audio record the lectures of speakers who provide their written consent to be recorded. Recordings may be purchased at the conference or ordered after the conference.

What if I have a question during the conference?

Visit the Customer Service desk at the registration area or the FGS booth (during exhibit hall hours) to ask questions. Easily identifiable volunteers will also be scattered throughout the conference venue.

Registration

What Does Registration Include?

Full registrations (advanced, regular, and student pricing) include admission to all sessions Wednesday through Saturday, a digital copy of the full conference syllabus, and $10 in Vendor Bucks.

One and two-day registrations include admission to all sessions for the particular day(s) and a digital copy of the full conference syllabus.

What Is Not Included in Registration?

Pre-conference activities, workshops, luncheons, evening events, and a printed syllabus are not included in any registrations and require advance purchase. These items and their prices are clearly listed on the registration form.

Can I add luncheons, workshops, or other extras after I registered for the conference?

Yes, you can. Revisit the Registration page and follow the instructions there for adding to your registration.

Is there a waiting list for sold out workshops, luncheons, and events?

Yes. Tickets may become available later for sold out items. Attendees occasionally have to cancel purchased tickets or sometimes conference organizers are able to add seats. If you are interested in an extra that is shown as sold out, complete the "Waitlist for Sold Out Luncheons, Workshops, Activities, & Events" form under Registration on the Conference sub-menu. This form will not be available until at least one item has sold out. 

Exhibit Hall

What are Vendor Bucks?

Vendor Bucks are $10 coupons that each full conference registrant will receive with their registration material. When making a purchase in the Exhibit Hall costing $10 or more, have the exhibitor endorse your vendor bucks coupon and take the endorsed coupon to the Exhibits Chair booth in the hall to redeem it for $10 in cash.

Must I register for the conference to visit the Exhibit Hall?

No. Admission to the FGS Conference Exhibit Hall is open to the public free of charge.