Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Note: I attended the NGS Conference in Kansas City in 2008, and I can confirm for you that these national genealogical conferences really can be a genealogist’s bonanza!

The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2-5 September 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas

A genealogist's bonanza in one great location. Four days to learn more about the
Internet, databases, records in courthouses, archives, and libraries that are not online, how to locate missing records and relatives, write your family history, and break through tough problems. The presenters are from all over the U.S. and from Canada and represent many of the top experts in the field. Wish you could be a child again and attend summer camp? This is your chance, but the conference hotels are much nicer than tents and cabins.

Almost 200 lectures, workshops, special events, and meals offered during this four day event that are by and of interest to genealogists, writers, editors, professional genealogists, lecturers, librarians, archivists, historians, columnists, booksellers, bloggers, and others.

A huge Exhibit Hall filled with booth after booth of vendors and exhibitors of genealogical software, books (new, old, rare), charts, maps, databases, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, services, memberships, research assistance, and more. A special Society Corner will feature details on FGS Member societies. Some booths are still available.

Wednesday offers many sessions designed to help genealogy society volunteers with different aspects of running a genealogical society, seminars, publications, websites, and board meetings. A special luncheon includes an open forum for discussing society issues.

Luncheons and breakfasts sponsored by well-known genealogical and historical
organizations. These feature speakers that will educate and entertain you.

A gala banquet that features a special speaker and showcases some of the best volunteers and organizations in the area of genealogy.

Other social events include a free Ice Cream Social, Night at the Ballpark, Networking Luncheon, door prizes, and the Peabody Ducks. Need more? Lots of free wireless Internet access, two pre-conference extended sessions on Tuesday, great places for research, a Presidential Library, riverfront views, neat restaurants, historic sites, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language of genealogy.

A special hint: If you register by July 1st, 2009 (postmark date or online) you can save $50.00 ($175.00 fee vs. $225.00 after that date). That pays for four full days of lectures and some special events.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and this year's local host, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invite you to the "Passages through Time" conference that takes place this 2-5 September 2009 in vibrant Little Rock, Arkansas. For the full and varied program and registration details check the Conference website or the frequently updated Conference Blog that will tell you about the Ducks, Exhibit Hall, Parking, Travel, Hotels, last minute details, and dozens of other things.

The Conference Committee hopes you are able to join us for this great learning experience.

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