Debunking Myths About the FGS Conference

There are a few myths swirling around about the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference being held this year in Fort Wayne, Indiana from August 22-25 — myths that might make you think that you can’t come. Don’t miss out on one of the premier genealogy events because of some bad information! Here’s what you need to know.

Truth: There Is More Than Society Management Sessions

The FGS conference has topics ranging from records and methodology to technology and DNA. The sessions on Wednesday are aimed at topics that will help genealogy societies be better and stronger, but Thursday through Saturday is all about genealogy and family history research. Check out the full program!

Truth: You Don’t Have to Be a Society Member to Attend

Anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history can attend. We think that genealogy societies are great (after all, that’s what we are!), but the conference is open to all genealogists. No membership required.

Truth: There Are Topics for All Levels of Genealogists

There are sessions for every experience level. Just beginning to work with genetic genealogy? The Thursday DNA sessions are for you! (Then work your way through intermediate and advanced DNA topics on Friday and Saturday.) Want an in-depth case study showing how a brick wall was knocked down? We have several to choose from.

Truth: There Are a Variety of Speakers

You’ll see favorite presenters like Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger, Tony Burroughs, and Maureen Taylor, along with new presenters like Charlotte Noelle Champenois and Sydney Bjork. (It isn’t the same ol’ same ol’!) Check out this speaker list!

Truth: There Are Topics Outside the US

Tracks this year include researching in Eastern Europe, German, Scandinavia, and the United Kingdom.

Join Us in Fort Wayne

The FGS conference features more than 100 sessions to help you be a better genealogist. The conference is conveniently located across the street from the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, allowing you to put into practice what you learn. It’s 4 days of learning, inspiration, and camaraderie. Click here to register now!

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