Louise St Denis, Director at National Institute
of Genealogical Studies
and friend Roylene

The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference is coming to Salt Lake City on February 11-14, 2015,  and I can’t wait! Although this will be my first FGS Conference, it is far from being my first genealogy conference.  I’ve attended several National Genealogical Conferences, Rootstech and a myriad of smaller conferences.

As I look through the list of classes, keynotes and activities, it appears that this conference promises to be one of the best yet.

Cheryl Goff, Jolene Passey and myself
 Cheryl, Jolene  and myself

There are so many classes to choose from but I am particularly excited about the classes that will help me write my ancestors’ stories and classes about technology.  Sharing ancestors’ stories is a passion of mine and I would like to learn how to do it better.  And  I really need to learn more about using the technology available.  The Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories track has some great classes to help with sharing ancestors’ stories and there are a variety of classes about technology in the Communications for Today track, Modern Access to Vintage Resources track and of course the Technology track as well as Technology for the Future track.   There are so many options,  it is going to be a challenge for me to narrow it down.

I always love the Exhibit Halls and I am super excited about the one at FGS this year.  Having a joint hall with Rootstech means it will be one of the largest Exhibit Halls ever. The Exhibit halls are always bubbling in energy and excitement and packed to the brim with society representatives, genealogy companies, software, books and all kinds of fun genealogy products.  Knowing my love for books, I have installed an app on my phone that lists all of the books I already own so that any purchase I make will add to my collection and not duplicate it.

Michelle Goodrum and myself
Michelle Goodrum and myself

Classes, the Exhibit Hall, activities and meals all will provide opportunities to meet other genealogist from all over.  And while there are many aspects of conferences that I absolutely love,  I have to confess that meeting and making new friends is one of my favorite parts.

Speaking of friends—-I hope to see YOU there!

For more information and to sign up, go to FGS Conference 2015

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6 thoughts on “Speaking of Friends- Are you Going to FGS 2015?

  1. You bet! I am not sure what type of phone and devices you use, I have an iMac, iPhone, iPad, Macbook—so I use apple apps. This app is iBookshelf and I believe it was $1.99.

    I am not sure if they have an android version. But if they don't, I bet someone does.

    For the newer books with a barcode, it will scan the book and upload the information along with it, including a picture of the book. The older books without the barcode, I take a picture and upload and enter the info manually, but it is easy. Then it alphabetizes the books for me. It is so nice to be able to check and see if it is a book I already have.

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