FGS is excited to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2020 Conference to be held in Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Marriott Downtown is now taking reservations for the 2020 FGS Family History Conference, “Blazing Trails in the Heart of America.” The conference will be held September 2-5, 2020. This hotel…

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The Winter 2019 Issue of FORUM is now available. Log in to your FGS account to access the magazine. Here’s a look at what is inside.  More than just obituaries, Newspaper research help discover so much more about your ancestors. In “Starting Your Newspaper Research,” Gena Philibert-Ortega explains the methodologies involved in where and how to begin looking. Have Quakers in…

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You have all likely seen some mention of an outrageous proposed fee increase by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).  Essentially what they are proposing for fees are:  raising the search fee 269% from $65 to $240 and the cost of the actual file 481% from $65 to $385. If you had relatives…

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  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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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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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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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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  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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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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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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