Genealogists Gathering This Week in San Antonio

Thousands of genealogists from across the country will be in San Antonio this week for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 convention, “Gone to Texas.” The conference gets underway Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Convention Center.

Local hosts are the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

For San Antonians, there is a special registration fee of $49 for one-day attendance on Saturday.

The Saturday session will include a workshop on Hispanic sources for genealogical evidence in addition to seminars on how to write a polished family history and identifying death and birth substitutes in the absence of vital records. There is a Spanish-language workshop Saturday, “Taller de Genealogia Hispana.”

Also Saturday, there will be a session on Black Jack Pershing and the Chinese Mexicans, many of whom came to San Antonio in the early part of the 20th century after the Punitive Expedition, an unsuccessful search for Pancho Villa in northern Mexico by Pershing and the U.S. Army.

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