A Successful Journey

Newberry staff at FGS 2013 conference
Newberry staff at FGS 2013 conference

Well, we’re back from the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Ft. Wayne, Journey Through Generations. With approximately 1,600 attendees, the conference was one of FGS’s largest ever. We had a great spot in the Exhibit Hall and had well over 400 visitors to our vendor booth - and that’s not counting those who just stopped for a quick peek! Most of our handouts were distributed, so we came back a lot lighter than we left.The final FGS blog post for the conference has all the wrap-up details.

Between shifts in the booth, Matt Rutherford was able to see the Internet Archive scanning center where our Chicago City Council Proceedings are being scanned through the CARLI Book Digitization Project (watch for more on this in the next post). Grace Dumelle shared her great knowledge of Chicago research and signed copies of her book, Finding Your Chicago Ancestors. Ginger Frere gave three presentations, one of them highlighting our recent collaborations with the Chicago Genealogical Society (digitization of the Chicago Genealogist and addition of the CGS Pioneers collection to ChicagoAncestors.org). Grace and Matt attended a FamilySearch consortia meeting to explore new ways for Family History Library Affiliates to work together.

Breakfasts, lunches and dinners all presented great networking and learning opportunities. We still managed to attend lectures by such knowledgeable presenters as Cyndi Howells, John Philip Colletta and Craig Scott. And of course we couldn’t miss hearing our local experts, including Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, Harold Henderson, Daniel Hubbard, Debra Mieszala, Timothy Pinnick and Teresa Steinkamp McMillin.

It was great to see so many of you and we look forward to the next event - the Polish Genealogical Society of America’s 35th Anniversary Conference, Growing Your Research Resources.

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