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Annual FGS Conference
Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24
Annual FGS Conference  (Other Societies/Organizations)
Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC

Visit the conference page to reserve your spot for:

  • Guided pre-conference research at NARA, Library of Congress, and DAR Library
  • Librarians' Day at Library of Congress
  • Sessions on topics like Mid-Atlantic Region, Women’s Studies, Colonial History & Settlement as well as three separate DNA tracks 
  • Sponsored luncheons
  • FGS Focus on Societies dinner
  • "Swing Back to the 30s with Your Ancestor" event

Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies in cooperation with sponsoring local societies, corporate sponsors, and partner organizations, FGS 2019 offers a new full four-day format jam-packed with topics of interest to every genealogist. Whether you’re a beginner just starting to explore your family history or an old hand at research, the wide variety of new and inclusive topics offers something for you. And true to its own roots as a federation composed of genealogical societies, FGS offers society management topics throughout all four days of the conference rather than a Wednesday-only focus as in years past.

Come early and stay late!

Build Our Flag
Thursday, September 5
Build Our Flag  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, Inspire Room, 901 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie, TX
It is with great honor that GPGS welcomes these three Sojourns as they Build Our Flag.  The program will be narrated by Ed Chandler, a retired Major in the United States Air Force.  He is joined by Jerry Hudson a retired Air Force Captain and the Honorable B.J. Young also retired.  All three men are Masons and Past Presidents of the National Sojourners General Wm. J. Worth Chapter 463 as well as past Commanders of the Cowpens Camp of Heroes of ’76. 
Delightfully dressed in Revolutionary Style Uniforms, they present a stirring presentation of the history of the American Flag.  They Build Our Flag stripe by stripe and star by star giving the history behind each change that is made.  Learn more about our country as you see the history of our flag unfurled. 
Ending with a patriotic oration, the group will then be happy to answer questions.  Join us for this wonderful history lesson presented by three patriots who served our country.

Writing a Family History: Layout
Thursday, October 3
Writing a Family History: Layout  (Monthly Meetings)
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX

You’ve organized your ancestors in group and pedigree charts, written their stories, cited sources, stacked photographs into piles, collected pertinent maps, scanned copies of original documents—now what are you going to do? It is time for the next step: Arranging all of this work into a publishable family history.

While this task can seem dauting, it doesn’t have to be. Learn the do’s and don’ts of page layout and design to create a professional looking book as well as one that invites the reader to keep on reading. Your ancestors—past, present and future—will thank you.

PAT GORDON was on the staff of the defunct annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference and still does occasional society seminars. She is past president of the Fort Worth Genealogical Society. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from University of Texas at Arlington and a M.S. in Media Studies from Texas Christian University.



2019 TSGS Family History Conference
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
2019 TSGS Family History Conference  (Other Societies/Organizations)
Omni Houston Hotel Westside, Houston, TX
Blazing Family Trails

Thursday, January 2, 2020
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Dr. Inspire Room, Grand Prairie, TX


Manuscript collections can be a goldmine of information for family history researchers. Learn about where to find collections, how they are organized, how to use a finding aid, and the variety of interesting items that can be found in the collections.

 ARI WILKINS, a graduate of Louisiana State University, has been actively researching family history since 1998. Ari worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, for many years on his final project Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database. She is the owner of the genealogical consulting company, Black Genesis. Ms. Wilkins also works as a contributor for Proquest’s African American Heritage database.

Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Samford Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, American Library Association, RootsTech, and a multitude of local societies.

Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library since 2007. She teaches a series of basic research classes using popular genealogical websites. She specializes in African American research.