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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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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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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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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Happy New Year from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)! Planning for the 2019 FGS Family History Conference in Washington, D.C.  has been in full swing for several months now and we can’t wait to share some of the exciting things we have in store for you for this conference. The official FGS 2019 conference…

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