Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor Named Honorary Mayor of La Villita

I received this press release from the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) today:


D. Joshua Taylor Named Honorary Mayor of La Villita
during FGS 2014 Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

August 27, 2014, San Antonio, TX – D. Joshua Taylor, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, will be presented with an Alcalde naming him Honorary Mayor of LaVillita on Friday evening, August 29, during “A Night in Old San Antonio” celebration. 

Genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists from all over the United States and beyond have convened at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to participate in a four-day event that includes over 70 speakers and 130 sessions and workshops from August 27-30. Local co-hosts are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society.

Upon being notified of this Alcalde presentation, Taylor commented, “As a genealogist, I am pleased to accept this honor on behalf of the ancestors who were responsible for the vibrant city San Antonio is today.” Taylor continued, “As one of the oldest European settlements in Texas, San Antonio exemplifies the commitment and vision of those who have gone before us.”

Conference Highlights

• Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Texas and neighboring states research, African-American and ethnic origin research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.

• Exhibit Hall – Free admittance for the public: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. 

Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area. There will be a series of 30-minute presentations during Exhibit Hall hours to help researchers learn more about resources, software, technology and more.

• Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies:,, and Corporate sponsors are Dell and Lexmark. 

Other participating and supporting organizations include Family Chronicle magazine, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, Texas State Genealogical Society, and The National Huguenot Society.

• Saturday Only Registration for $49: For those unable to attend the multi-day conference there is a special one-day rate of $49 for Saturday Only.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2014 FGS Conference at Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at for more information. Onsite registration is open each day at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS FORUM magazine (filled with articles for the family history community), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit

Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected

• Visit the conference website at
• Find the latest news on the conference blog at
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