Monday, September 05, 2011

#FGS2011 Final Preparations

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from the Federation of Genealogical Societies in anticipation of this coming week's annual conference. I've already arrived in Springfield, and will serve as an Official Blogger for this event. While online registration has closed, one may register for the conference at the door. See:

Dear Conference Registrant:
We are pleased to announce that the conference syllabus is now available online for download. Visit and use your e-mail address and PIN number to access the file. Your PIN is included in the confirmation e-mail you were sent upon completing your registration. Please be sure to print out any syllabus materials for the lectures you plan to attend. This year's conference will also feature RootsMagic Cyber Cafe, which will provide printing stations for attendees to print syllabus materials when the exhibit hall is open.

Online Registration Now Closed
The online registration system is now closed, and no additional modifications can be made to your registration at this time. A limited number of tickets for the following events will be available at the onsite registration counters:
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration (Friday, September 9)
  • Luncheons (a very limited number of tickets are available for all luncheons)
  • German Workshop presented by Tamra L. Stansfield (Thursday, September 8)
  • Swedish Workshop presented by Geoffrey Morris (Friday, September 9)
  • Think Like a Targeted Marketer: One Marketing Plan Does NOT Fit All presented by Natasha Crain (Saturday, September 10)  
  • Windows on the Past: Dating, Identifying, and Caring for Historic Photographs presented by Diane Van Skiver Gagel (Saturday, September 10)  
GenSpiration Sessions
With over 150 presentations on the FGS/ISGS 2011 conference program there are a lot of topics to choose from! Yet, even with all those, it's possible there will be a relevant subject (or three) not covered. FGS is proud to announce this year's conference will feature GenSpiration sessions - an opportunity for attendees to gather and discuss topics of their choice.

GenSpiration sessions are similar to "birds of a feather" or "unconferencing" sessions held at other conferences. The basic concept is to allow a group to discuss a particular topic of interest that goes beyond those sessions scheduled as part of the conference program. These ad-hoc sessions will provide opportunities to discuss recently released technologies, such as Google+, or to discuss research in a particular state or even a U.S. county not included in the conference program. A regular conference session might lead to more discussion on a certain angle.

This "blank slate" of open slots is available for anyone to lead (or attend) during the conference. Sessions will run for 50-minutes each day of the conference. A limited number of sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, as the Genspirations classroom is needed for other sessions.

Have an idea for a discussion? Schedule your own GenSpiration session at the Hospitality table on Wednesday or at the FGS Booth in the Exhibit Hall Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Want to find out what sessions have been scheduled? The GenSpiration schedule will be at the Hospitality table on Wednesday and at the FGS Booth Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Then drop in and join the session.

Special thanks to local conference co-chair Susie Pope, who came up with the phrase GenSpiration for these sessions.

Visit the FGS Conference News Blog
Looking for a packing list or other ideas on how to make the most from your time in Springfield? Want to know the latest news and updates regarding the conference? Visit the FGS Conference News Blog for the latest information related to the conference. Posts include recommended packing lists, exhibitor profiles, sightseeing ideas, parking information, and a host of other articles providing useful tips for conference attendees.

We look forward to seeing you in Springfield!

FGS 2011 Conference Committee

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