Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More about 2009 FGS Conference NEXT week

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) via Ann Staley.

We will be seeing you in just 7 short days. Can you believe it! The Conference is almost here.
Enjoy this latest bit of information about the conference.

High-Speed Scanners - September 3-5, 2009 is excited to provide FGS conference attendees the opportunity to have their family records scanned, for free, on high-speed scanners. The scanners will be available for up to 15-minute scanning sessions on Thursday, September 3, through Saturday, September 5, during the exhibit hall hours. Scanning-session signs-ups will open each morning-sign up Thursday morning for a Thursday time slot, Friday morning for a Friday time slot, and so on. The scanning machines and sign-ups will be located in the Toltec Lobby registration area of the Statehouse Convention Center.

Will you be bringing items to scan? Please help us finalize our plans by visiting the following URL and letting us know if you'll be bringing items with you to scan:

Details about Scanning
  • imaging specialists will operate the scanners
  • is bringing two scanners to the conference: a high-speed, loose-leaf scanner that will scan documents and photographs in full color and a planetary scanner for books and more fragile items
  • Attendees will be able to scan about 100 family photographs or documents during a 15-minute session
  • Scanned images will be saved to flash drives (provided at no cost by and given to attendees. (Note: Scanned images will NOT be uploaded to the website by personnel.)
  • Due to anticipated demand, conference attendees will be able to sign up for only one scanning session during the conference
  • There is always a possibility that damage to older, more fragile documents may occur during the scanning process. urges patrons to use their best judgment when choosing documents to be scanned.

The latest Press Release by Paula Stuart-Warren tells about StoryCorps coming to the conference. This is another fabulous opportunity. She say that StoryCorps is "an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another's lives through listening." They will be at the conference recording our oral history. She says "Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to take home and share, and is archived for generations to come at the Library of Congress."

Reservations are required. Contact Sara Thompson at or 501-320-5718 by September 1st. You can also visit the FGS Conference Blog for more details on this wonderful program.

Bringing a laptop? What to know how to get around the area? (The trolley is wonderful!) Driving and need to know about parking? Want something to do before/after the conference or need to entertain a non-genealogist traveling companion? Answers to all of these questions - and many more - can be found on the blog at

In my last email I noted that "Pre-registration is required." Didn't finish the sentence! Should have said "Pre-registration is required to exhibit. To look at the displays - that's free; roam as much as you like in the area."

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