The May issue of Going In-Depth magazine is out! My article begins on p. 12. Did you notice the title made the cover? How cool is that?
Why should genealogists attend conferences? Many reasons, but here's my top ten list.
1. It's a great opportunity to learn. Genealogy is a field that you must continuously learn in order to improve your skills.
2. Variety. The lecture tracks provide a tremendous number of topics and number of lectures to choose from and attend.
3. The speakers are the cream of the crop. Not only will you have a great selection of lecture topics, the lectures will be presented by some of the best genealogists in the country.
4. Special workshops are available so that you can learn more about a particular topic than time allows for in a lecture.
5. Special events are held on the evening before the conference and each evening during the conference. These include social gatherings and local tours.
6. Special luncheons are held each day for those whose are members of national and professional genealogical organizations or interested in these organizations. In addition to a nice meal and an entertaining, informative speaker, the luncheons are a great place to network with other genealogists with similar interests.
7. The Exhibit Hall has vendors who sell everything you can imagine related to genealogy. You will find the latest books and sometimes, hard to find books, software, techie gadgets, such as portable scanners, and many other items. Demonstrations of software, techie tools, FamilySearch indexing, and using websites, such as Ancestry.com and Find My Past take place daily. National, state, and county genealogical societies will be there with their books for sale and information about their societies. DAR, the Mayflower Society and other lineage societies have booths where you can get information about these societies and joining them. Much more can be found in the Exhibit Hall than mentioned here.
8. A syllabus and booth to purchase or order tapes/CDs of all of the lectures are provided. You can't attend every lecture but you won't regret missing some when you have the syllabus and can purchase tapes or CDs of those you missed.
9. FGS 2013 is being held in Ft. Wayne where the second largest genealogical library in the country is right across the street from the convention center and the conference hotels. The Genealogical Center in the Allen County Library will be opened later each evening during the conference so that attendees can do research without missing any of the lectures and daytime activities. You'll want to plan your visit to the Genealogical Center before the conference to make sure that you can make the best of your research time. Their website has the catalog and much more information on it to help you be prepared for your visit.
10. Visiting old genie buddies, making new friends, meeting genealogists whose work you've admired, and just spending a few days with people who all have a common interest in genealogy is the greatest joy imaginable.
I love going to conferences. I come home feeling relaxed like I've been on a vacation and with tons of new books, software, free brochures, or whatever I've gotten in the Exhibit Hall. I'm refreshed and ready to try out all of the new ideas I've learned and tackle those unfound and unsolved family mysteries.
Hope to see you and talk to you there!
Are you ready for the FGS Conference? No? Well, no one else is, either but you should be preparing for it now.
Some of the conference hotels are sold out and others are close to it. If you're coming from a distance and need to stay in a hotel or motel, you need to be checking the conference hotels to see whether they still have rooms and reserve a room now. FGS reserves blocks of rooms in the official conference hotels providing conference attendees a nice discount on their rooms.
If you can't get into a conference hotel, then you need to be searching online and finding a local hotel or motel and book that room. According to the fact sheet on the FGS Conference 2013 website, they are expecting about 2,000 people attending the conference this year. I'll be discussing why in some of my posts. The conference offers so much and a great time is being planned for all who attend.
The other top of the list item for your pre-trip plan is to get registered. You can register on online or download a registration form and register by mail. Your local genealogical society and library may have registration forms also. The FGS Conference 2013 website also gives information about the speakers, the lectures, and everything else that will be going on. You can download the FGS Conference 2013 brochure, which lists brief descriptions all of everything at the conference in more detail.
If you are anything like me, you'll probably spend the greater part of an afternoon or evening just deciding what speakers and lectures you want to hear and what else you want to do while you're there. Now is the time to get these two vital steps taken. The earlier you book your room and get registered, the less it will cost you because you'll be able to get discounts on conference hotel rooms and probably many other local hotels and motels will be giving discounts for the conference attendees and you'll save $50 on your registration.
I'll be telling you the details about as any of the conference events, speakers, lectures, and other events as I can so watch for my posts with the FGS Conference Ambassador logo.
Click the logo in the post or on my sidebar to go to the FGS Conference 2013 website.
I've just become an Ambassador for the 2013 FGS Conference that will be held August 21-24 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. As an FGS Conference Ambassador, I'll be bringing you pre-conference information and news. During the conference, I'll let you know what's going on and afterwards, some of the highlights.
I've been a strong supporter of the work that FGS does and highly recommend going to the conference if you can. If not, then perhaps, you can order CDs of some of the lectures that you'd have like to have attended.
I've been the FGS Delegate for the Allen County Genealogical Society (Ohio) for the past 7 years and advocate support of FGS projects and that the Society take advantage of all of the great benefits provided by FGS for society management and growth.
One of these benefits is the annual FGS Conference. The conference has a track, Focus on Societies, on Wednesday, August 21st, however, the conference is not just about managing a genealogical society nor is it just for FGS members. It is for all genealogists. There is something for everyone and I'll be sharing that info with you.
Registration has already opened and you can register online at the FGS Conference website or by mail with a conference registration form. Make sure that you register before July 1, 2013 for a substantial discount.
FGS has a special website for the conference, in additional to the regular FGS website. You can get a full description of the conference and register online there. There is also an official FGS Conference blog that will bring you the latest pre-conference news. You can sign up for the blog on the FGS Conference website. They are also on Facebook and Twitter. You can reach the FGS Conference website at anytime by clicking the logo in this post or in the sidebar of this blog.
Stay tuned as I will be sharing more about the 2013 FGS Conference with you. Hope to see you there!
Every Friday, Jana Last posts a list of blogs and articles that she's enjoyed during the week. She calls her list, "Fab Finds". You'll find it listed on Geneabloggers under "Follow Friday" or you can go directly to her blog at (http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com).
This week, Jana honored me with a mention about my latest monthly article, Finding Your Female Ancestors Through Pension Files, on Family History Daily. A few months ago, she listed my blog, Rambling along the Ancestral Trail. I really appreciate the support that she gives to me and to other online writers. Thanks, Jana!
Jana has a lot of other interesting items on her blog. Just look at the menu across the top of her blog pages and I'm sure that something will catch your eye. If you're looking for something good to read, check out Jana's Fab Finds every Friday.
I'm thankful for being asked to write about genealogy on Family History Daily and for other publications. It's very inspiring and motivating to know that other people believe that I have something of value to share with them. To read my March article on Family History Daily, click on the website's title.
For the 4th year, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog presents Fearless Females, a list blogging prompts to celebrate Women’s History Month. The list contains a prompt for each day of March. I will celebrate this month by using some of those prompts to write about my female ancestors. Let's all honor our female ancestors this month.
One of my very favorite blogs is Ancestoring's Ask A Genealogist by Michele Simmons Lewis. In it, Michele gives tips and advice on how to research ancestors. She's knowledgeable and writes in a comfortable style as if she's talking to you. Her explanations are always clear and easily understood. She says that her tips and advice are for the beginning and intermediate family historians but there is much for the advanced genealogist to learn or have the memory refreshed . Michele covers a variety of topics. Her posts are informative, well written articles. If you like to read blogs that help improve your genealogical skills, are always interesting and never boring, this is one you definitely want to add to your reading list.
Today is 2nd Blogoversary of Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail! Yep, the blog is 2 years old today. I'd like to thank my faithful readers who have made it possible for it to continue and hope that you'll all be here next year when Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail celebrates its 3rd Blogoversary.
Have you heard about Family History Daily, the new online genealogy newsletter? I will be one of the regular writers on it. Melanie Mayo, the brains behind Family History Daily, hope to bring together family historians from diverse backgrounds to showcase a range of genealogical articles and blog posts. Anyone who'd like to share a tip or strategy or family story is welcome to post on the blog. Check out it out!
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Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a genealogist and speaker in Northwestern and West Central Ohio. She has been researching her family history and actively involved in the genealogy community since 1998.
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