Where can you find food, friends, and genealogy all in one place? At FGS conference luncheons, of course! Whether you are attending the conference alone or with friends, you’ll have built-in lunch companions who share your interest in genealogy. Plus, each luncheon features a guest speaker so you can pack even more genealogy learning into your day.

Each luncheon is sponsored; however, you do not need to be a member of the sponsoring organization to attend.

Advance ticket purchase is required for luncheons. You can purchase tickets when registering for the FGS 2019 conference. If you have already registered for the conference and received a confirmation email, then you can use the Add Extras form to purchase tickets.

Seating is limited.

Tickets $39 (Advance Purchase Required) 

Wednesday, August 21


Watercress, Frisee Lettuce and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes with Grilled Marinated Chicken and Sherry Vinaigrette

Classic Apple Tart with a Whiskey Sauce

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

W-140: National Genealogical Society Luncheon

The Echoes of our Ancestors

Speaker: Luana Darby, MLIS, AG

The echoes of our ancestors resonate within us. Their voices, beliefs, cultures, choices, experiences, and traditions still influence the people that we are today. Come see how one genealogist uses those “puzzle pieces” from the past to make amazing connections in her own family.

W-141: American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society Luncheon

Introducing AncesTREES

Speaker: Claire Vail

Join American Ancestors’ Director of Creative and Digital Strategy Claire Vail to learn about American AncesTREES—a new, FREE online genealogy tree experience on AmericanAncestors.org. American AncesTREES offers several unique tools and solutions—including cutting-edge DNA tools—to help you research, grow, and share your family history.

W-142: MyHeritage Luncheon

The Evolution of Genealogy—Past, Present, and Future

Speaker: Mike Mansfield, MSLIS

The work we do as genealogists is ever evolving. Technology in many forms, a broadly connected world, digital records, and DNA are just a few of the trends that are propelling us towards the future. Change in the domain will continue but we can embrace it with confidence and optimism.

W-143: Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society Luncheon

400th Commemoration of the First Documented Africans in English North America

Speaker: Ric Murphy

In 2019, Americans are celebrating an important milestone in American history, the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in English North America. Their unique historic journey documents a fascinating story of colonialism, piracy, and personal accomplishments that has evaded history until now.

Thursday, August 22


Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Salad: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken, cucumbers, carrots over a bed of mixed greens

Fruit Tart

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

T-280: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Luncheon

Preserving the Preservation: 150 Years of Volunteers, Archivists, and Genealogists Saving History

Speaker: Frederick Wertz, MA

Since our earliest days, our community has recognized the importance of preserving records for future generations. We’ll explore stories from the past and present, examining notable men and women from the NYG&B’s history and look behind the scenes of the NYG&B’s preservation efforts in placing genealogical records online.

T-281 Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon

Forty Years of APG: Glancing Back, Looking Forward

Speakers: Billie Stone Fogarty, M.Ed.; David McDonald, DMin, CG

APG celebrates its fortieth anniversary in 2019. Hear from the organization’s president and vice president as they review our past and reveal plans and hopes for APG’s future.

T-282: Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Luncheon

Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society Luncheon: Henry Müller’s Verrückte Welt: Records That Will Help You, Too

Speaker: James M. Beidler

He may not be your ancestor, but the large variety of documents about Henry Müller’s life throughout Europe, Canada, and the US are ones you can also use when seeking your ancestor. The talk highlights major records series and the MAGS guides and databases that can help you.

Saturday, August 24


Chicken Caesar salad | Parmesan cheese and rustic croutons with our signature Caesar dressing

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Iced tea or lemonade, tea, coffee and decaf

S-470: Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon

Into the Brave New World of DNA

Speaker: LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL

How I came to accept the utility of genetic genealogy, and why you will, too.

S-471: FamilySearch Luncheon

FamilySearch is Making it R.O.A.R. in 2019

Speaker: Thom Reed, MBA

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the first documented Africans in English North America. In support of this milestone in American history, FamilySearch International is launching an initiative titled, “Reclaiming Our African Roots” (R.O.A.R.). Learn about the objective of R.O.A.R. and FamilySearch’s efforts with the African diaspora.

S-472: Genealogical Speakers Guild/International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Luncheon

Kissing Cousins: Writing and Presenting Two Sides of the Same Coin

Speaker: Annette Burke Lyttle

Quality genealogical writing and excellent presentations may seem like second cousins once removed—two related, but different, work products. In reality, they are downright incestuous. Explore the close kinship between writing and speaking and how techniques for improving one can help you improve the other.