Third-leg of Genealogy Conference Triple Crown Set for San Antonio, Texas: the FGS Conference

The news reports claim there is a possible triple crown that may happen soon in horse racing. Actually, genealogists have their own triple crown and this one is a sure thing. You can bet on it.

Following two great conferences, RootsTech 2014 in Salt Lake City and the National Genealogical Society’s Conference in Richmond, Virginia, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in San Antonio is shaping up to round out a great year for genealogy’s national conference arena. The FGS conference is one of the largest genealogy conferences held in the U.S. each year and should attract attendees from all over the country and a few from overseas as well.

The conference will be held August 27-30, 2014, leading into the Labor Day weekend. Co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Conveniently located in downtown San Antonio, the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will host the conference’s workshops, lectures, and exhibit hall.

San Antonio was a part of Mexico for three centuries, became a part of Texas during the Texas War of Independence, then attracted a lot of new immigrants, including many from Germany. At one time, official city records were kept in three languages: English, Spanish, and German. The nearby historic settlement of Panna Maria, Texas, is the oldest Polish permanent settlement in America.

The diverse heritage of these different ethnic groups is still visible today in San Antonio and contributes much to the city’s attractions and entertainment.

I spent nearly a year in San Antonio in my younger days and can tell you I love the city. I have since returned several times. It is one of the few U.S. cities that appeals to me. Downtown San Antonio is an excellent place for anyone with an interest in history. A number of historical sites are within walking distance of the convention center, including the Alamo.

One of my favorite spots in the city is the River Walk. a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. Lined by bars, shops and restaurants, the River Walk is an important part of the city’s urban fabric and a tourist attraction in its own right. I predict that conference attendees will have no trouble finding a great restaurant within walking distance of the conference center!

Another event of special interest will be held on Friday evening during the conference: a festive evening filled with fun, characters, food, and music in the historical art village of La Villita. Mariachis will welcome you into the plaza where you will be entertained by a traditional band and folkloric dancing.

Oh yes, there will also be more than 100 genealogy presentations for four days.

There’s still time to beat the early deadline and save on your conference registration – register before 1 July. To see the full program and conference details, go to

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