I returned home late last night from the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, co-sponsored by the local host, the Illinois State Genealogical Society. I have to say this was one of the better FGS conferences I have attended (and I have been to most of them for in the past 28 years). It wasn’t the biggest ever held but it was one of the better organized and better planned FGS events.
I already wrote about the opening session in my earlier article at http://goo.gl/JkC9hF. That was followed by three days of presentations covering a wide variety of topics, an active exhibits hall, various luncheons, the conference banquet on Friday evening, and several workshops. Indeed, the Friday banquet perhaps was the best ever at an FGS conference. Games were played, including a mix of trivia questions and something that resembled a scavenger hunt (all held within the banquet hall). Thousands of dollars in prizes were awarded!
I am enclosing a number of pictures that I took at the conference. Obviously, I spent most of my time in the exhibits hall. I generally don’t take many pictures during the presentations offered because (1.) all the pictures of presentations tend to look alike and (2.) conference rules usually discourage or prohibit taking of photos during presentations. I did snap one photo of Jim Beidler (shown below) while he was making a presentation in the exhibits hall.
If you missed the conference but would like to listen to audio recordings of some of the presentations offered, check out the last few photos. Recordings of most of the sessions are being offered as audio files online, on flash drives, or on a CD-ROM disk containing recordings of almost all the presentations. The recordings may be ordered from Fleetwood Onsite Conference Recordings at http://www.fleetwoodonsite.com/index.php?cPath=299_523#.V82RKpMrJMM. However, only the CD-ROM version is listed as I write these words. The folks from Fleetwood Onsite Conference Recordings just spent a very intense time at the conference. I know they worked long hours every day and I suspect they also spent hours packing up all their equipment after the conference and driving home. I further suspect they are taking a few days off to recuperate. Check back in a few days to see if they have updated the listing of presentations available. You can look at http://www.fleetwoodonsite.com/index.php?cPath=299_470#.V82RiZMrJMM to see last year’s list. I suspect the list of this year’s recordings will look similar to last year’s list once the Fleetwood Onsite Conference Recordings employees catch up on some much-needed sleep.
Again, I found the 2016 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois to be a memorable event. If you would like to attend next year’s FGS conference, mark your calendar now for August 30-September 2, 2017. The 2017 conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It will be co-sponsored by the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. You can read the earlier announcement about that conference in my article at http://goo.gl/X64cCl.
Will I see you in Pittsburgh next year?