The concept for this genealogical research trip to Pennsylvania was always in the back of my mind. I wanted to visit the area of Wilkes-Barre where my Goss ancestors settled in 1769. I have been tracking this family for many years.
However, back in August 2007 when I attended the Federation of Genealogical Society Conference (FGS) in Fort Wayne, Indiana it became a real possibility. This Federation promotes, educates and assists member genealogical societies in growing and developing.
There are actually two conferences held at one time. The other conference is the Professional Management Conference (PMC) sponsored by The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) http://www.apgen.org/ This Association educates and promotes its members. They have a listing of professional genealogists for hire on their website. This Association has under its umbrella many different categories of genealogists which can include librarians, writers, editors, heir researchers, researchers and more.
I am a member of APG and I am also the current President of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association (PS-APG): http://www.apgen.org/chapters/pugetsound/index.html
They were offering door prizes at the PMC/APG conference so I signed up for several. Much to my surprise, I won the FGS 2008 registration fee sponsored by FGS! I was thrilled! That was great, but the best part was the FGS 2008 conference was to be held in Philadelphia on September 3 to 6, 2008. It was a done deal! I had to go!
The first stop on this trip will be, of course, Philadelphia. I will be flying out of Seattle on September 1, 2008 at an early hour and hopefully arrive in Philadelphia by 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, preparations for the trip are already underway…