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Showing posts with label FGS Ambassador. Show all posts

10 June 2013

Preplan for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Society Conference

As Ambassadors for the 2013 FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, IN, genealogical bloggers are given questions to encourage us to think and write about our plans.

For this article, we were given five questions.
Will you be making a stop on your way to or from the conference to research your ancestors?
Do you have a brick wall that you are hoping to break through at FGS 2013?
Do you have a research plan for The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library?

My answers to the first three are negative answers. My responses almost resulted in my not writing an article. I could ask, “How come this writer has three out of five negative answers?” After rethinking and asking the question, my article takes a turn or two.
Several reasons for the above answers:

  • Finances prevent extended trips
  • Health prevent extended trips
  • Commitments prevent extended trips – family, work, volunteer
  • Time restraints prevent planning ahead

Whatever your reason, THANK YOU for planning time and budget to attend the 2013 FGS Conference. The FGS society members, sponsors, speakers and other attendees want YOU to make the most of your trip whether this is your first or 100th.

The following two questions, I can answer.  

How will the lectures and exhibitors help your research? The lectures and exhibitors will:

  • Encourage me to think out of the box
  • Expand my knowledge base
  • Provide new ideas to share with my society

How will you use your time at FGS 2013 to help your genealogical research? My time will be spent:

  • Networking with past acquaintances
  • Meeting new acquaintances
  • Connecting with other family surname attendees

As a reader, how would you answer these questions?
See you in August in Fort Wayne!


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.