FGS 2016 Conference in Springfield, Illinois is a Success

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.

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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.

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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?

The large exhibit from MyHeritage (the sponsor of this newsletter) included easy chairs and couches where tired conference attendees could sit and relax for a while!

Geni, a division of MyHeritage, allows you to add what you know about your ancestors and other extended relatives, then invite your relatives to add the missing pieces. Seamlessly collaborate on a single shared tree with as many family members as you like.

Geni, a division of MyHeritage, allows you to add what you know about your ancestors and other extended relatives, then invite your relatives to add the missing pieces. Seamlessly collaborate on a single shared tree with as many family members as you like.

FamilySearch is always at all the national conferences.

FamilySearch is always at all the national conferences.

Family Tree Maker is alive, well, and will release a major new upgrade within a few months. I had a chance to talk with the CEO of the new owners, MacKiev, while at the conference and will write about our conversation later.

Family Tree Maker is alive, well, and will release a major new upgrade within a few months. I had a chance to talk for some time with the CEO of the new owners, MacKiev, while at the conference and will write about our conversation later.

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The above picture shows a new emphasis for family tree Maker: it is being introduced as a major new tool for teaching family history in schools.

 

Findmypast had a large exhibit that was frequently busy.

Findmypast had a large exhibit that was frequently busy.

AmericanAnestors.org, the web site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

AmericanAnestors.org, the web site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Ancestry's booth seemed to be eternally busy

Ancestry’s booth seemed to be eternally busy

Here was one of my favorite "relaxing spots." Notice the very soft couches and chairs.

Here was one of my favorite “relaxing spots.” Notice the very soft couches and chairs.

Genealogy dot coach is a newly-announced service. Click on the above photo to see my earlier article about this service for the details.

Genealogy dot coach is a newly-announced service. Click on the above photo to see my earlier article about this service for the details.

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Click on the above image to view a larger image.

The US-Mexican War Project – Click on the above image to view a larger and more readable image.

The Media Hub was one of the quietest places around. It even had a wired ethernet connection to the Internet. I used it several times to obtain Internet access but I never saw anyone else use it.

The Media Hub was one of the quietest places around. It even had a wired ethernet connection to the Internet. I used it several times to obtain Internet access but I never saw anyone else use it.

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The National Genealogical Society has a growing collection of research guides for various states.

The National Genealogical Society has a growing collection of research guides for various states.

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4 Comments

The conference looks interesting.

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Great photos, Dick. Thanks for sharing them.

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Dick-
I was looking at the Fleetwood site and saw no provision for ordering single CDS. Are you aware whether that may be done?

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    —> I was looking at the Fleetwood site and saw no provision for ordering single CDS. Are you aware whether that may be done?

    No. As I wrote in the article, “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.”

    Also, I believe the only CD available will contain recordings of almost ALL the lectures and will be expensive. Individual lectures will be available as downloadable MP3 files or on flash drives.

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