Many viewers of the NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” wish that they could learn about their own family history. The Federation of Genealogical Societies in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society and Kentucky Historical Society is hosting their annual conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, August 18-21, 2010. Some of the genealogists featured on the hit NBC show are making presentations at this conference.
This year’s theme is “Rediscovering America’s First Frontier.” Wednesday is called “Focus on Societies Day.” Presentations on that day are designed to help societies and their members improve their organization. The day will end with focus groups for various society leaders. The remainder of the week features presentations covering topics such as how to research in Tennessee, Kentucky, and surrounding states, how to use various types of records in one’s research, methodology and strategies, using various databases and other types of technology, researching various ethnic groups, certification and accreditation, military research, using repositories such as libraries and archives, and even researching in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Thursday’s schedule begins with a keynote session featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG, a full-time professional genealogist, author, and teacher who researches primarily in original records and manuscripts throughout the South, and Kent Whitworth, the executive director for the Kentucky Historical Society who is a seventh-generation Kentuckian.
Exhibits are open Thursday through Saturday and are open to those not registered for the conference as well as those who are.
Find out more about this year’s FGS Conference and register online at http://www.fgs.org/2010conference/. The deadline for discounted early registration is June 1, 2010.