And so are the Irish, the Canadians, the Swedes, and many Americans. They will all be at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) annual conference being held in Boston on Wednesday through Saturday of this week.
Some of the non-U.S. organizations being represented at this year's FGS conference include:
- 1837Online from London, England
- Armagh Ancestry from Ireland
- Best of British from Coventry, West Midlands, England
- Federation of Family History Societies from England
- The Society of Genealogists from London, England
- The National Archives of Great Britain
- Cassini Publishing Ltd., London, England
- Custom Ireland from Ireland
- Eneclann Ltd. From Dublin, Ireland
- Family Chronicle/Internet Genealogy Magazines from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Genline: Swedish Church Records Online from Sweden
- German Life Magazine (although their American representative will be in the booth)
- Irish Family History Foundation from Ireland
- National Archives of Ireland from Dublin, Ireland
- National Archives (UK) Publications from England
- Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) from Dublin, Ireland
- Past Homes Limited from Bromley, Kent, England
- Progeny Software Inc. from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Public Record Office of Northern Ireland from Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Ulster Historical Foundation from Belfast, Northern Ireland
Of course, the above list represents only the non-U.S. vendors expected to attend. There is a much larger list of all the vendors available at http://fgs.org/2006conf/conf-exhibitors.asp.
Employees of many of the above organizations are also presenting lectures at this year's conference. In fact, this is expected to be the largest genealogy conference ever held in North America. You can view a complete list of all the lectures and other events at http://tinyurl.com/j77hn.
I will be spending much of this coming week at the FGS conference and plan to write future articles about the new services and products that I see there. However, do not be surprised if you do not see many articles posted during the days of the conference this week, August 30 through September 2. I may be busy gathering up information for future articles as well as talking with subscribers of this newsletter.
If you plan to attend, make sure you drop by the Exhibitors' Hall and say "Hello." I will be there often, and newsletter editor Pam Cerutti will also be spending some time there. We will be in this newsletter's exhibit at Booth #1006.
Don't forget that admittance to the Exhibitors' Hall is free for everyone; you do not need to purchase a conference ticket in order to visit the Exhibitors' Hall.
If you have wireless network capabilities in your laptop or handheld computer, you will be able to check your e-mail, the news, and other online sites at almost any time while attending this year's FGS conference. You will even be able to check your e-mail and surf the web while in the Exhibitors' Hall. This free service will be provided by Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter. Details are available at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2006/08/wireless_in_bos.html.
I'll see you in Boston!