The Fall Edition of the FGS FORUM is Now Available!

  The Fall 2019 Issue of FORUM is now available. Log in to your FGS account to access the magazine. Here’s a peek at what is inside. Feature Articles In “What is a Special Library Collection? Military & History Collections in the United States,” Mary J. Manning, BFA, MSBVE, MLS, explains what you can find in these types of collections and…

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NGS and FGS Announce Intent to Merge

In a historic move, the boards of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today their intent to merge. The two organizations, both non-profit leaders in the dynamic genealogy industry, will form one consolidated group that will continue to operate as the National Genealogical Society. Both boards approved a…

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RPAC at FGS 2019 in DC — Is This A Breakthrough?

The FGS Annual Conference being held this week at the Omni Shoreham hotel in DC will feature a Records Preservation and Access Committee report on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 pm, session T-244. Panel presenters will include the Executive Director of NAPHSIS, the organization of Vital Records Officers; Jan Meisels Allen providing an update of recent state legislative activity…

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FGS 2019 Conference App Is Available

We are excited to announce that the FGS 2019 Conference Guidebook App is ready for download! The FGS Guidebook contains everything you need to know about this year’s conference.  It is easy to download the FGS Guidebook on your IOS and Android mobile devices. Step 1: Download the Guidebook App Click on https://guidebook.com/g/fgs2019/  to download the…

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FGS SUMMER Forum is Available

  Feature Articles Many valuable records can be found in archives. In “Finding Great-grandma’s Diary Using Archive Grid,” Paula Stewart-Warren CG, FMGS, FUGA shows how to use this resource for locating a collection that may be helpful to your research. Thinking about becoming a Certified or Accredited Genealogist? Diane C. Loosle, AG, CG explains what you need…

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Register now for the FGS 2019 Conference

Do you hear that happy roar? That’s the sound of excited genealogists who can now register for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2019 Conference. This year’s national conference takes place August 21 – 24, at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC and it is jam-packed with fresh, new experiences like pre-conference guided research opportunities,…

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FGS FORUM Spring Issue Is Available

FORUM Cover & TOC

Feature Articles Cluster research is often the hammer needed to break down brick walls. In “Neighborhood Reconstruction: The Why and How,” Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG, discusses the benefits of this type of research and how to approach it. In “Buried Treasures: Finding Records in Unexpected Places,” Pam Vestal explains how we can find valuable family history in places we might…

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Genealogy: Not JUST a Hobby!

Family History is a significant and growing hobby. An article appearing on the Voice of America web site in 2013 highlighted this fact when they observed: “Genealogy, in fact, has become a global phenomenon. A market research firm, Global Industry Analysts, says there are more than 80 million professional and amateur genealogists around the world.…

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D. Josh Taylor to Open FGS 2019 as Keynote

Nationally recognized speaker D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS will kick off the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2019 National Conference as the opening session keynote with his talk, “Coming Home: Finding Our Place in America’s Tapestry.”  Josh’s talk will explore the need to document, preserve and celebrate the rich American tapestry unearthed through family history. “Family…

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Hotel Reservations are now open for FGS 2019

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2019 National Conference – “Come Home to Our Washington, DC.” The conference will be held August 21 – 24, 2019 in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC. Hotel Reservations The beautiful and historic Omni Shoreham hotel is now…

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