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Wisdom Wednesday – Follow FGS Bloggers

The Federation of Genealogical Societies conference is just over a month away! Are you excited! I am! I am one of the Official FGS Bloggers for the conference.

Did you know several Geneabloggers will be in attendance at the conference? Here is a list of those attending as of the date of that blog post.

Will you be there?

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Wisdom Wednesday – Saturday FGS Conference Sessions

And finally, the last day of the conference. These are the sessions I plan to attend.

Don’t Get Burned: Getting Around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (I may change this if I can hear Tony speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

Successful Cemetery Stalking

Discovering the Goldmine of Knowledge in Court Records

The Place of Place in Your Family History Narrative: Anchoring Your Family History in Its Setting

Discovering Midwestern Repositories (I may change this if I can hear Lou speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

The 1940 Census – I am so excited for this to be released in April 2012! Are you?

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Follow Friday – June 10, 2011

Stay up to date with the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference by following the Official Bloggers. See DearMYRTLE’s post about it from last week.

What is a 2011 FGS Conference Official Blogger?

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Follow Friday – Official Bloggers for FGS2011

Still catching up after being gone three weeks but I’m ready to start my Official Blogger duties. I just read DearMYRTLE’s postabout #FGS2011 and thought I should make a plan of what I want to cover while I’m at FGS.

There are many responsibilities given to Official Bloggers and I plan to accomplish the tasks set forth and a few other things. These are my plans for this conference.

  • Blog about Springfield and Chicago genealogy resources.
  • Post my thoughts and light bulb moments from the sessions I attend. My goal will be to write three posts per week after the conference.
  • Post my daily thoughts on the sessions, speakers, vendors and more.
  • Tweet from the conference. You can find me at @jencoffeelover on Twitter.
  • Post updates on FaceBook.
  • Interview speakers and feature them on my blog after the conference.
  • Network and blog about people I meet.
  • Report on products and services provided by the vendors.
  • And finally, give a first timer’s view on the conference. I have attended small conferences so this will be a new and exciting experience for me.

Follow all the Official Bloggers featured below in the press release from the FGS Conference Blog.

FGS names official bloggers for FGS 2011 Conference

 The FGS 2011 National Genealogy Conference Continues to Tap into Social Media

May 31, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), along with local host Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS), announce the Official Bloggers for the upcoming FGS 2011 Conference – Pathways to the Heartland – to be held in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011. The Official Bloggers are:
· Amy Coffin of We Tree (
· Schelly Talalay Dardashti of MyHeritage Blog ( and Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog (
· Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogical Newsletter (
· Jen Holik-Urban of Chicago Family History ( and Generations (
· Linda McCauley of Documenting the Details (
· Gena Philibert Ortega of Gena’s Genealogy ( and Food.Family.Ephemera (

· Carolyn Pointer of Family Stories ( and For Your Family Story (

· Ol’ Myrt of DearMYRTLE (
· Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings (

· Ginger Smith of Genealogy by Ginger (

With less than 100 days left before the start of FGS 2011, be sure to follow each of the Official Bloggers for their perspective on the upcoming conference. Many will be posting about research resources in the Springfield, Illinois area, what to pack for the conference and more. In addition, during the conference look to the Official Bloggers for live reporting via blog posts, Facebook and Twitter.

Complete conference information can be found on the conference website at We look forward to seeing you in Springfield in September!

Learn More and Stay Connected
· Subscribe to Conference eUpdates:
(place “Subscribe” in Subject line)
· Visit the Conference News Blog:
· Follow the Conference on Facebook at and on Twitter at
· Discover Springfield:

 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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