by Dawne

The Allen County Public Library is excited to be a local co-host along with the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference next August! Conference lecture sessions will take place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center in downtown Fort Wayne Wednesday through Saturday, August 21-24, with Librarians’ Day on Tuesday, August 20, at ACPL.

National-level genealogy speakers will present programs on a variety of topics relating to genealogy, from beginner sessions, to problem-solving and lectures based on researching in specific localities and records, to talks on the latest technology for genealogists. Various organizations will offer luncheon sessions, and several hands-on workshops also are planned.

Special activities during the week of the conference will include an FGS evening at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the local host event featuring food, entertainment and extended research hours at the library, a farewell brunch on Sunday, and additional extended research hours for The Genealogy Center throughout the week. More information about these will be announced as details become available.

An exhibit hall featuring books, technology, society information, product and software demonstrations, genealogy products and family history-themed gifts is always a popular feature of the annual FGS conference. The exhibit hall at the 2013 conference will be no exception.

Attendees may register for the entire four-day conference or for each day individually. You can keep up with developing conference details by subscribing to the conference blog, by visiting the FGS website and clicking on “Conferences,” and by “liking” the conference on Facebook. You can also follow the conference on Twitter@FGS Conference.