Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reasons To Attend Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Fort Wayne

The Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2013 Conference is August 21-24 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, which is just a block away from the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On top of the great lectures, workshops and luncheons, this year’s conference will also feature extended research hours at The Genealogy Center.

The Indiana Genealogical Society will have a strong presence at the conference. Conference speakers include IGS Vice President Tina Lyons, Past President Curt Witcher, Quarterly Editor Rachel Popma and LaPorte County Genealogist, Harold Henderson. Curt Witcher will give a talk, "The Indiana Genealogical Society: A Case Study in Thriving" at the IGS Luncheon on Friday, August 23 at 12:15 pm. IGS will also have a Society Showcase table in the Exhibit Hall. And there are several IGS people working behind the scenes planning the conference, including IGS Recording Secretary Dawne Slater-Putt, who is one of the Conference Co-Chairs.

Conference details and registration are available online at The deadline for the Early Bird Discount is July 1st, 2013. Make sure to purchase your tickets early to the luncheons (especially the IGS luncheon), workshops and special events in order to guarantee your spot.

If you would like a print brochure or need some for your local society or library, fill out the form at

Society Showcase - This is a great, affordable way for societies to highlight what they offer. FGS Member Societies can reserve a table in the Exhibit Hall for only $25. These tables are for promotional purposes and selling memberships and may not be used for other sales. To learn more about the Society Showcase, visit If your society would like to sell other items, there is still a booth available in the Exhibit Hall (

Society Publicity Contest – FGS Member Societies are also eligible to win a free conference registration to the FGS 2014 conference in San Antonio, Texas if they help publicize FGS 2013 in print and online publications. You can find graphics and articles to use in society publications at In order to be entered to win, make sure you fill out the contest form and let FGS know each time your society publicizes the conference.

Indiana Librarians - All of the conference sessions qualify for LEUs. Librarians’ Day is Tuesday, August 20, with sessions focused on librarians who serve genealogists. For more information, visit

August will be a great time to show off what Indiana has to offer to genealogists - we hope to see you there!

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