The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference will be held August 27-30. This year’s event is co-sponsored by the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society. The four-day conference will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. This convenient location at 200 East Market Street is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and historical sites. In fact, the Alamo is within walking distance of the convention center.
Many years ago, I spent a year in San Antonio and fell in love with the city, especially with the River Walk that is near the convention center and the official convention hotel. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center should be a great place to hold a genealogy conference.
This year’s keynote address sounds especially interesting. Between 1854 and 1929, over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. This seventy-six year experiment in child relocation will be explored through a multi-media program presented by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster.
The sessions at this year’s conference include a wide array of offerings from many of the nation’s leading family history experts and genealogical organizations. Each day of the conference features a track, “Ethnic Origins,” focusing on different ethnic groups, including German, Polish, English, Hispanic, Eastern European, Irish, Scots-Irish, Scottish, Native American, and African American. One other track will interest anyone with Texas ancestors: “Texas and Neighboring States.”
Workshops being held this year will include photos, self-publishing, DNA, and many more options. Staff from the Texas State Archives and the Texas General Land Office will also be on hand to offer workshops in Texas research.
The Exhibits Hall will be open for three days: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Approximately twenty half-hour presentations will be offered on the exhibit hall education stage. These 30-minute presentations will be geared towards educating and motivating all attendees, but with a special focus on beginners or the casually curious. There will also be a separate vendor stage in this year’s Exhibits Hall.
The full conference brochure is available as a PDF file at https://www.fgsconference.org/FGS2014_RegistrationBooklet_web.pdf.
Registration for the full four day conference registration (Wed. through Sat.) costs $250 while a single day registration costs $99. The Exhibits Hall will be free and open to the public with no conference registration required.
While this is a four-day conference, a fifth day is available for librarians, archivists and other information professionals at Librarian’s Day 2014. This event will be held at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio. Librarians’ Day is sponsored by ProQuest. Details may be found at https://www.fgsconference.org/program/librarians-day.