August 15, 2011

Are you going to the FGS Conference?

Back in June, I registered for the FGS Conference in Springfield, marked my calendar for September 7-10, and crossed my fingers that nothing would come up to keep me from going (last year, my daughter’s college move-in date coincided with the conference in Knoxville). Now that the time is fast approaching, I’m getting more and more excited about all the wonderful things the organizers have planned. I’m also eager to meet fellow geneabloggers and connect with some of the writers who inspire, educate, inform, move, challenge, encourage, and entertain me in our common quest for ancestors.

In preparation, I’m posting some links for the conference that I’ve found helpful. First on the list is the FGS Conference Blog, written primarily by Paula Stuart-Warren, Conference Co-Chair. Paula does a fabulous job of promoting the various social events, speakers, exhibitors, nearby research facilities, and a myriad of other details. Her posts generate excitement for the conference and make even first-timers like me feel welcome. Thanks to her enthusiasm, I signed up for the Old-Fashioned Prairie Social and the 35th Anniversary Celebration, even though I'll be attending alone. I figure you can’t go wrong in a group like this!

In addition, Thomas MacEntee, Geneabloggers founder extraordinaire, is the National Publicity Chair and a speaker. He keeps everyone informed about new developments, like the just-released FGS app for iPhone/iPad. I hope to attend a couple of his sessions. With so many top-notch speakers on the agenda, the schedule of lectures and workshops looks great.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence, there’s still a little bit of time left (until August 20) to register for the conference and some of the functions. If you’re already registered, I’d welcome hearing from you. What are you looking forward to most? Do you have any tips? What workshops or luncheons are you signed up for? Feel free to leave a comment below or email me at sbishop(at)asenseoffamily(dot)com. Hope to see you there!

Here’s my rundown of links for FGS 2011:
Official FGS Bloggers:
·      Amy Coffin, We Tree Genealogy
·      Schelly Talalay Dardsashtl, My Heritage and Tracing the Tribe
·      Dick Eastman, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
·      Jen Holik-Urban, Chicago Family History and GenerationsBiz
·      Linda McCauley, Documenting the Details
·      Gena Philibert Ortega, Gena’s Genealogy and Food.Family.Ephemera
·      Caroline Pointer, Family Stories and For Your Family Story
·      Ol’ Myrt, DearMYRTLE
·      Randy Seaver, Genea-Musings
·      Ginger Smith, Genealogy by Ginger
FGS 2011 on Facebook
#FGS 2011 on Twitter
New FGS Mobile app for iPhone/iPad announcement

(Thanks to Tonia Kendrick of Tonia's Roots for the challenge to Write a Link Post for Week 7 of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog)


  1. Thanks, Linda and Amy, it will be great to meet you!

  2. Look forward to meeting you at FGS!

  3. Great, Tina! I look forward to meeting you too!

  4. Good link post, Shelley! Last year's FGS was my first genealogy conference and I had a blast. Unfortunately, I can't make it this year, but I have Birmingham in 2012 on my calendar. Have a great time!


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