Friday, February 13, 2009

FGS/AGS 2009 Genealogy Conference Program and Registration Now Online!

“A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists” is an annual event of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). It moves all around the U.S. and the 2-5 September, 2009 host is the Arkansas Genealogical Society (AGS) and the place is Little Rock, Arkansas. The conference theme is Passages Through Time which symbolizes the journey taken as we learn more about our ancestors, their place in history, and the lives they led.

Join your fellow family historians, librarians, editors, archivists, historians, writers, professional genealogists, software developers, book and database vendors, volunteers, and the growing number of younger genealogists as we network, learn, share, and even have some fun. You might meet a 3rd cousin you didn’t know about or someone from an ancestral home town.

The FGS conference registration system is alive & kicking. It’s simple to find: just click on this link for the FGS Conference Website Once you are on the page, the links to the conference program and registration are on the left. The registration link for the Exhibit Hall is also live.

Choose from more than 160 lectures, workshops, and other learning opportunities presented by speakers from all over the U.S. over the course of four days. With the conference in Little Rock, there are plenty of sessions related to Arkansas roots, but the program offers something for just about everyone. Lectures about research in other states, on specific ethnic groups, libraries and archives, research methodology, technology, migration, military records, and some unique topics will grab your interest. A special feature of the first day is a selection of lectures devoted to assisting volunteers running genealogy societies and their websites, publications, classes, meetings, and special events.

This year’s conference is being held in Little Rock’s Statehouse Convention Center. The Exhibit Hall, on-site registration area, and the lecture rooms are conveniently located in the same building that is easily walkable. One host hotel, the Peabody, is attached to the convention center. The Doubletree is less than a block’s walk.

Be sure to click on the button for the Conference Blog to learn more conference details, about the city of Little Rock, the hotels, the trolley for getting around and about the lectures, speakers, and special events. The blog is updated frequently.

FGS and AGS invite you to join us as we learn more about Passages Through Time.

About FGS

The Federation of Genealogical Societies was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. More information about FGS is available online at


I have high hopes of attending this FGS/AGS conference on a late summer trip through the Midwest visiting friends and trying to find Samuel Vaux's gravesite.

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