Federation of Genealogical Societies
Conference Program Sneak Peek (Download PDF)
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018  
 
8:30am - 9:45am - Opening Session
 
Introductions and Awards
The Importance of Story 
Scott Fisher 
 
 
10:00am - 12:00pm   
 
Society Management Workshop
Ed Donakey & David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, Sponsored by FamilySearch
Learn how to incorporate proven management principles to break down barriers and strengthen your society. Included with Conference Registration
 
12:15pm - 1:15pm - FGS Luncheon – Paid Event
 
Eyes Toward the Future
 
1:30pm - 3:30pm  
 
Leadership and Conflict Resolution Workshop
Rorey Cathcart & D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
Learn the secrets of effectively navigating conflicts and communications in the family history community whether you hold a leadership position inside or outside the industry or are simply an avid researcher. Included with Conference Registration
 
Effectively Using Social Media for Your Society Workshop
Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, OGSF
This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of social media as well as reviewing how your society can get the most out of it. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. Included with Conference Registration
 
BCG Certification Seminar
Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, CG; Harold Henderson, CG; Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA, Sponsored by BCG
Thinking about the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the ways it can help you, and navigating the application process and requirements? This interactive session is for you! Included with Conference Registration
 
4:00pm - 5:00pm  
 
Preserving the Past, Protecting the Future
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Records preservation is essential to the future of genealogy, and no one is more important to that effort than genealogical societies and their members.
 
6:00pm - 9:00pm   
 
Celebrating Societies: A Networking Reception and Poster Session
Reception at Allen County Public Library - Paid Event
 

 
Thursday, August 23, 2018  
 
8:30am - 10:00am - Opening Session
 
Breaking Down the Broadcasters: Discovering the DNA of Fort Wayne’s Famous
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
DNA Kits Donated by Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, and MyHeritage
 
10:00am - 11:00am - Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
 
11:00am - 12:00pm
 
German Historical Geography
Daniel R. Jones, MA, AG, Sponsored by FamilySearch
 
Research Methods 1: Creating an Effective Research Plan
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
 
Creating a Research Plan for DNA Testing
Shannon Combs-Bennett, BS
 
You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases
Mike Mansfield, BS, Sponsored by MyHeritage
 
Unpuzzling Birthing History: Using 19th Century Records to Verify Birthing - A Case Study
Janis Minor Forte, MS
 
Danish Church and Census Records
Charlotte Champenois, Sponsored by BYU
 
Indiana Genealogy: The Crossroads to America, Track Sponsored by Indiana Genealogical Society
Melissa Tennant, MLS
 
12:15pm - 1:45pm - Luncheons Paid Events
 
Association of Professional Genealogists Luncheon
The Top Ten Things I Have Learned in Nearly Four Decades of Genealogical Research
Michael Lacopo, DVM 
Join your speaker on a trip down Memory Lane and share his tales of serendipity, woe, discovery, and frustration… with a touch of humor. Put away your notebooks and prepare to nod in agreement at things only fellow genealogists would understand! 
 
FamilySearch Luncheon
Capturing the Records of the World: FamilySearch’s Process from Capture to Indexing
Greg Nelson 
What is the process of capturing and publishing billions of records and images online each year at FamilySearch? In this presentation, Greg Nelson will discuss how FamilySearch goes from looking at archival inventories to publishing detailed indexes of those records 
 
Indiana Genealogical Society Luncheon
Capturing Cubbyholes: Scanning the Other Stuff
Ron Darrah
This presentation will highlight the society's scanning project and the gems that have been preserved because of it.  
 
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
 
German Residential Registration
Charlotte Champenois, Sponsored by BYU
 
Research Methods 2: Executing Research and Analyzing Results
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
 
MyHeritage DNA 101: From Taking the Test to Understanding the Results
Daniel Horowitz, Sponsored by MyHeritage
 
Using PERSI Like a Pro
Jen Baldwin, Sponsored by Findmypast
 
Letters and Claims
Tony Burroughs, FUGA
 
Scandinavian Sources for Success
Elaine Hasleton, BA, AG
 
Midwestern Treasures on Ancestry, Track Sponsored by Indiana Genealogical Society
Juliana Szucs, Sponsored by Ancestry
 
3:30pm - 4:30pm  
                                                                                 
Methods For Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants 
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM - Chuck Knuthson Memorial Lecture, Sponsored by Midwestern Roots
 
Research Methods 3: Testing a Case Against the Genealogical Proof Standard
Angela Parker McGhie, CG
 
DNA Baby Steps
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
 
7 Awesome Apps that Help you Captivate Non-Genealogists in Your Family
Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Researching U.S. and Canadian WWI Veterans
David Allen Lambert, Sponsored by New England Historic Genealogical Society
 
Have Nordic Ancestors? Count Yourself Lucky - Nordic Records are Amazing
Mike Mansfield, Sponsored by MyHeritage
 
Mitten Roots: Family History Research in Michigan, Track Sponsored by the Indiana Genealogical Society
Kris Rzepczynski, MLIS
    
5:00pm - 6:00pm 

German Census Records 
Charlotte Champenois, Sponsored by BYU
 
Cluster Genealogy: Finding Your Lost Ancestor 
Deborah Abbott, PhD
 
Advancing Your Genealogy Research with DNA
Crista Cowan, Sponsored by Ancestry
 
Using NARA's Finding Aids and Website
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
 
Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
Ari Wilkins
 
Scandinavian-American Settlements and Sources in the Midwest
Elaine Hasleton, BA, AG
 
Illinois Digital Resources, Track Sponsored by the Indiana Genealogical Society
Tina Beaird, MLIS
 
Record Preservation Access Committee (RPAC) Update
Frederick E. Moss, JD, LLM, et al., Sponsored by RPAC
 
7:00pm - 9:00pm 
 
Jewish Workshop: Reuniting Holocaust Survivors & Jewish Resources on the Internet
Daniel Horowitz, Sponsored by MyHeritage
Discover the vast world of holocaust records and sources to find your relatives and learn about the main repositories for Jewish Genealogy available on the internet. – Included with Conference Registration 

Workshops  
 
10:00am - 12:00pm 
  
Reconstruct Your Ancestors' World with Google
Lisa Louise Cooke
A wide variety of rich resources are available for free through Google. But it’s not just Google Search that can lead you to genealogy gems. Google’s empire includes a great collection of free online tools that are all powered by the same Google search engine, and many are brimming with historical information. – Paid Event
 
2:00pm - 4:00pm    
 
Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy
Diahan Southard
Working in pairs or small groups you will get a chance to take a DNA case step-by-step to learn exactly how to explore your autosomal DNA match list and make family connections. No computer required. – Paid Event
 

 
Friday, August 24, 2018  
 
8:30am - 10:00am - Opening Session
 
How to Help ALL Connect and Belong
Steve Rockwood
 
10:00am - 11:00am – Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
  
11:00am - 12:00pm
 
Poland Civil Registration
Daniel R. Jones, DVM, Sponsored by FamilySearch
 
Out-of-State Workarounds to In-State Record Shortages
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
 
Doing DNA Right: The Ethical Side of Testing
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
 
10 Exciting Ways to Enhance Your Genealogy with Video
Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Michigan Online: Tools for Genealogists
Kris Rzepczynski, MLIS
 
Researching Colonial War Veterans
David Allen Lambert, Sponsored by New England Historic Genealogical Society
 
English Research: Seventeenth Century Sources and Indexes
Paul Milner
 
12:15pm - 1:45pm - Luncheons Paid Events
 
Board for Certification of Genealogists Luncheon
Ten Practical Lessons I Learned by Applying for Certification
Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Tips from both struggles and successes that are applicable to any genealogy project.
 
New England Historic Genealogical Society Luncheon
Finding Family Treasures: Digital Collections at AmericanAncestors.org
David Allen Lambert
New England Historic Genealogical Society has been collecting one-of-a-kind family history manuscripts and artifacts since its founding in 1845. In collaboration with the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, many of these unique items—including family papers, diaries, account books, and letters—are being digitized and made available on digitalcollections.americanancestors.org. Join Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert for a glimpse of some of the invaluable treasures being made available online. 
 
Genealogical Speakers Guild & The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Luncheon
So You Think You Want To Become A Genealogical Speaker/Writer?
Margo Fariss Brewer
A slightly humorous but truthful look at a few key questions you need to ask yourself—and possibly your family—before committing.
 
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
 
Researching Czech Census Records
Greg Nelson
 
“She Came from Nowhere…” A Case Study Approach to a Difficult Genealogical Problem
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
 
No Chromosome Browser? No Problem
Angie Bush, MS
 
Where to Share: New Players in Online Trees
Rorey Cathcart
 
Bibles, Beds and Bobbins: Early Indiana Laws
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
 
Researching Funeral Home Records: Looking for the Dead!
Deborah Abbott, PhD
 
British Isles Origins in Unexpected Places
Jen Baldwin, Sponsored by Findmypast
 
3:30pm - 4:30pm 
 
Bieda Galicyjska Case Study
Daniel R. Jones, MA, AG, Sponsored by FamilySearch
 
Big City Blues? Researching Urban Ancestors
Kris Rzepczynski, MLIS
 
When You’re Not Who You Thought You Were
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
 
A Proven Methodology for Using Google Search for Genealogy
Lisa Louise Cooke
 
Buckeye Beginnings: An Introduction to Ohio Research
Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, OGSF
 
Black Employment after the Civil War
Tony Burroughs, FUGA
 
English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret
Paul Milner
 
5:00pm - 6:00pm 
 
Researching Records of the Former Soviet Republics
Greg Nelson
 
When Sources Don’t Agree—Then What?
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
 
Charts and Diagrams: The Genetic Genealogist’s Bread and Butter
Angie Bush, MS
 
Building Context and Making Connections: Using JSTOR for Family History
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS
 
Finding Treasures in the Hoosier Courthouse
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
 
Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Research
Ari Wilkins
 
Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
Rich Venezia
 
 
7:00pm - 9:00pm 
 
Speed DNAting: A Hip Haplogroup Happening
Come learn something about your haplogroup though networking, DNA theme cocktails or mocktails, trivia, and other contests. There will be light refreshments and lots of information during this hip happening. – Paid Event

Workshops
   
10:00am - 12:00pm   
 
Maps! Wonderful Maps! 
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA 
The workshop describes resources for finding maps, and correlating other information with maps. Various resources and applicable case studies are examined. Attendees will explore urban and public land case studies. 
– Paid Event
 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
   
Visual Phasing Workshop
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD Visual Phasing is the process of breaking down your chromosomes into grandparent contributions using the DNA test results of 3 siblings (and sometimes even fewer than 3 siblings). Although Visual Phasing is challenging, many genealogists find the puzzle-like nature of the method to be extremely rewarding! After studying the basics of the methodology, we’ll launch into some hands-on examples and exercises! – Paid Event
 

 
Saturday, August 25, 2018  
 
8:30am - 10:00am - Opening Session
 
Faded Photographs, Cherished Artifacts & Amazing Ancestors: Turning Dry Facts & Family Trees into Compelling Stories
A’Lelia Bundles 
 
10:00am - 11:00am – Dedicated Exhibit Hall Time
 
11:00am - 12:00pm
 
Oral History: It Ain't On the Web
Tony Burroughs, FUGA – James Dent Walker Memorial Lecture, Sponsored by Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
 
Planning and Executing Efficient and Effective Research: An Immigrant Case Study
Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
 
Using Genetic Communities to Tell Your Story
Anna Swayne, Sponsored by Ancestry
 
Tracing Your Scottish Presbyterian Ancestors
Tina Beaird, MLIS
 
Google Images and Beyond: Tips to Find "Lost" Family Materials
Maureen Taylor, MA
 
“Hoosier Daddy?”: Tales of a Reluctant Blogger and How Blogs Can Enhance Your Genealogical Research
Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
 
Census Data: Exploring Census Supplemental Schedules for Their Content and Genealogical Value
Janis Minor Forte, MS
 
12:15pm - 1:45pm - Luncheons – Paid Events
 
New York Genealogical & Biographical Society Luncheon
The Science Fiction Future of Genetic Genealogy
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD 
Learn how companies are using DNA and genealogies to reconstruct the genomes of ancestors, and future possibilities of creating family trees based solely on DNA test results!  
 
National Genealogical Society Luncheon
Genealogy as a Journey of Discovery
Patti Lee Hobbs, CG, BA 
Mountaintop experiences, tedious plodding steps, and unexpected turns and twists construct the genealogist's path as we make the exciting journey of discovery, learning not only about our
ancestors but about ourselves too. 
 
2:00pm - 3:00pm 
 
Looking for My Babies: Freedmen Searching For Family
Ari Wilkins
 
Goldmine of Military Pensions
Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA
 
Genetic Genealogy: Advanced
Diahan Southard
 
Westward Migration out of New England
Rhonda McClure, Sponsored by New England Historic Genealogical Society
 
Tips and Tricks for Effectively Using “Scotland’s People”
Paul Milner
 
Clues in Missouri Migration
Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, FUGA
 
Discovering Your Immigrant's Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
Rich Venezia
 
3:30pm - 4:30pm 
 
Seven Strategies to Identifying Slave Ownership & Reconstruct Slave Era Families
Janis Minor Forte, MS
 
Prepare for a Cemetery (Search Photo and Index) Trip
Daniel Horowitz, Sponsored by MyHeritage
 
DNA Doesn't Prove Anything
Angie Bush, MS
 
Mining Probates on Ancestry for Family History Gold
Juliana Szucs
 
Dealing with Family Snapshots: ID Clues and Preservation
Maureen Taylor, MA 
 
Using Midwest Adjutant General Records in Your Military Research
Tina Beaird, MLIS
 
Uncover the Secrets of Your Freemason Ancestors
Sydney Bjork, Sponsored by BYU
 
5:00pm - 6:00pm 
 
Manuscript Collections in Libraries & Archives of Historical Black College and Universities
Deborah Abbott, PhD
 
Top 10 Myths about Copyright
Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
 
Advanced Third-Party Tools
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
 
The Aliens Are Coming: USCIS (U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services) Record Sets
Rich Venezia
 
Online Search Strategies Every Genealogist Should Know
Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, OGSF
 
Using Indirect Evidence to Identify the Father of a Great Great Grandmother
Jan Alpert, FNGS, Sponsored by National Genealogical Society
 
Vital Records Are Always Correct…Or Are They?
Shannon Combs-Bennett, BS

Workshops   
 
10:00am - 12:00pm   
 
GEDmatch Workshop
Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD
What else can you do with your DNA test results? During this workshop, we will look at the third-party platform GEDmatch, and the many powerful things we can do with them, including mapping our DNA. Hands-on exercises offer an opportunity to explore tools that are sometimes too daunting to jump into alone! 
– Paid Event
 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
 
On Air with Scott Fisher: Learning How to Interview for Oral Histories 
Scott Fisher
Do you have family stories that need to be recorded? Come find out the best ways to obtain oral histories from your family and friends from an interview expert! This will be a hands-on workshop where you will be able to put your skills to the test. 
– Paid Event