Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Plan Now to Attend a National Genealogical Conference

FGS 2016 Annual ConferenceRegistration for this year’s (2016) annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies is open and the early-bird pricing ends today! The FGS conference will be 31 August 2016 to 3 September in Springfield, Illinois. “FGS 2016 brings you sessions with a wide array of offerings from many of the nation's leading family history experts, along with top international speakers from Scotland and Australia,” said a conference email.

I’ve heard someone complain (perhaps it was at RootsTech) that there were too many session choices. Well, step up and complain some more because FGS offers 160 sessions. There are sessions for all skill levels. Many Tracks (which are loose collections of related sessions) are offered, although you don’t have to attend all the sessions of a track. Tracks include DNA, British Isles and Commonwealth, continental European, military, religion, occupation, Midwest resources, migration patterns, and more.

Keynote speakers are Mary Tedesco, J. Mark Lowe, and CeCe Moore.

While the conference audience is all genealogists, special sessions are targeted at genealogical society officers. Visit for more information.


Registrations for conference hotels for next year’s (2017) annual conference of the National Genealogical Society opened on the 15th and the main hotel sold out in a couple of hours. If you wish to attend in Raleigh, North Carolina on 10-13 May 2017, don’t delay. Discounted rooms are still available at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel or the Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown Capital. Visit for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    The FGS conference early bird registration discounts are good through July 1, not today.

    Paula Stuart-Warren,FGS board member


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