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24 April 2013

Why Genealogy Conferences?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference (FGS) will be held 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, IndianaAs with all research trips, advanced planning is necessary. The FGS website offers planning tips and asks a few questions.

Why are you coming to FGS 2013?
  • Education - My ancestors worked with  canals. Originally, the Couch family moved from Rome, New York to Crotty, Illinois in 1856. In Illinois the Schuler family worked on the Illinois and Michigan Canal. I plan to learn more about the canal workers and migration patterns.
  • Research  - I recently found that the Schuler family came into the U.S. in 1833. My great-great-grandfather married in 1838 in Ohio. I want to find out how to research in Ohio.
  • Renew acquaintances - This will be my third FGS Conference.
What are your favorite parts about genealogy conferences?
  • Exhibitors - I want to learn the latest product developments. The exhibitors are very helpful, everyone from the single exhibitor such as Dee Leclair consultant with Creative Memories to Bruce Buzbee the developer of Roots Magic and his staff.
  • Networking - We learn from each other by sharing research.
  • Lectures - The attendee has over 150 lecture, workshop, luncheon, and special event choices.
What are you most looking forward to at FGS 2013?
  • I am most interested in meeting people with the same interest yet different backgrounds and perspectives.
Why should genealogists attend conferences?
  • Genealogists should attend conferences for all of the above reasons and many more that they can add.


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