Wednesday, June 01, 2011

What is a 2011 FGS Conference Official Blogger?

You may have noticed this week's press release from the Federation of Genealogical Societies announcing their list of "Official Bloggers" reproduced below my signature. Ol' Myrt here is honored to be included in the list. We had already planned to attend the FGS Conference in Springfield, Illinois September 7-10, 2011. Working as an "Official Blogger" will be a joy as it is always fun to share the good things that are happening in the world of genealogy with my DearREADERS.


In exchange for press credentials and complimentary conference passes, Official Bloggers work hard to accomplish these tasks:
  • Spotlight speakers who will present at the 2011 FGS Conference.
  • Spotlight events surrounding the 2011 FGS Conference.
  • Attend the conference.
  • Network with followers and encourage feedback about the conference.
  • Take advantage of early entrance to the exhibit hall for photo ops, etc.
  • Blog during the conference about what's happening.
  • Write about vendors offering new products and services.
  • Post the Official Bloggers FGS logo on my blog, and in my blog postings between now and the end of the 2011 FGS Conference, once that logo is received.
  • Each week I plan to interview two presenters from the conference program found here and blog about them.
  • I plan to blog about four historical items of interest in the Springfield area that conference attendees may be interested in visiting before or after the conference.
  • Report on specific classes I take -- attempting to gauge audience reaction and speaker's performance. (This may give distant societies ideas about who to sponsor for an upcoming annual seminar.)
  • Mr. Myrt and I will arrive in Springfield, Illinois two days prior to the FGS Conference.
  • I'll blog at least daily with insights about the conference.
  • I'll Tweet from my iPad if my Verizon MiFi works in the exhibit hall.

Watch this space for Ol' Myrt's input as an 2011 FGS Conference Official Blogger.
Twitter: DearMYRTLE

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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 GenerationsBiz (
·         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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