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Federation of Genealogical Societies announces upcoming events

For Immediate Release
May 14, 2014

FGS Hosts 2015 Alaskan Cruise, 2015 New York Regional Conference, and Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary in Springfield, Illinois in 2016

May 14, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is excited to announce its upcoming events lineup, which includes a 2015 FGS Alaskan Cruise, August 28th - September 4th; a 2015 New York Regional Conference in Syracuse in conjunction with the New York State Family History Conference, September 17th-19th; and the 2016 FGS National Conference in Springfield, Illinois, August 31st – September 3rd.

2015 Alaskan Cruise
Join your friends and fellow genealogists on the first FGS Cruise in the fall of 2015. This event promises to deliver a memorable vacation and education from leading genealogists on a variety of topics. Watch for additional information in late 2014.


2015 New York Regional Conference

The New York State Family History Conference returns to Syracuse, New York September 17-19, 2015. Organized  by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society and the Central New York Genealogical Society, the second biennial conference has expanded to include three tracks of lectures, a significant increase in attendance, and an enlarged space that will accommodate many more exhibitors and societies of interest to attendees. One of the conference focal points is researching New York families, a pursuit that offers unique challenges and requires special techniques and knowledge; the other focal point is building general research skills. In 2015, the event will be hosted as a regional conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) who will provide topics and events for genealogical society leaders and volunteers as part of the conference's activities. 

2016 National Conference
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Federation of Genealogical Societies as we return to Illinois in 2016. Hosted in the Land of Lincoln, the 2016 conference will feature the latest news and updates from the family history community, a full exhibit hall, the popular Society Showcase, and sessions related to the Midwestern states, research methods, and other topics.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “As we watch our organizations meet the needs of today's genealogists, we are delighted to offer a variety of activities for 2015 and our return to Springfield for our 40th Anniversary in 2016.”

Currently, registration is open for the Federation’s 2014 National Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 27th-30th. Further, the Federation has a Call for Papers for its 2015 National Conference, “Connect. Explore. Refresh.” to be held concurrently with Rootstech in Salt Lake City, Utah, February, 11th-14th.

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 pertaining to society management and genealogical news), 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

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Contact:        Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350

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