The Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference September 3 to 6, 2008

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference started on Wednesday, September 3, 2008. This first day was for librarians and for the members. The official start was Thursday at 8 am. for the Welcome address. The lectures started at 10:30 a.m. with the Exhibit Hall reopening at 11 a.m. The FGS’ membership includes genealogical societies from all over the United States and International as well. This gives them a forum to discuss their problems, to educate their members and just improve the quality of genealogy.


This is the 2nd FGS Conference that I attended. Last year they were in Fort Wayne and I was very impressed. This year they chose Philadelphia and again they did a wonderful job.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center which is connected to the Marriott is huge and comparable to McCormick Place in Chicago where the annual RSNA is scheduled. My husband attends that conference and it is even larger but this Pennsylvania facility is probably 2nd in size. In order to get to the FGS Conference you walk through the Marriott into this entry way that opens to a huge hall with a curved ceiling. You have to walk through that and it is like a huge basketball court and maybe larger. Then you enter a carpeted walkway which has rooms on each side. This is where they held the luncheon banquets. You keep walking and to the left was registration and then you turned left passed that to where the Exhibit Hall was located. To get to the lecture rooms you took an escalator to the lower floor and again walked some more till you came to them. Now if you had a lecture in 101 that was at the end of this very long hallway.

The schedule was full of many choices in lectures so I kept very busy going to them, as well as attending several of the banquets. Various organizations like APG, NGS – National Genealogical Society and more sponsor a luncheon banquet and schedule a speaker with a topic. It is an opportunity to visit with others.


You can go to the link for the FGS that I have posted in the More Information section of this blog and click on their link to their conferences. FGS will hold their annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas and NGS will be in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am tempted because I have a client with North Carolina roots. The archives for the State of North Carolina are in Raleigh.

As I walked back to the Marriott after my last lecture that ended at 6 p.m. I saw the Exhibit Hall completely disassembled and the registration desk was gone. They had not wasted anytime.


It was all over…sigh!



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