Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Insider: Maine Historical Society

This is the first in a series of articles on the local organizations and participants in the FGS conference. I'm looking forward to introducing the people and places that make New England a great place to tackle genealogical research. Let's start with the tippy top of the region--Maine.

It gets cold in northern New England in the winter, but no one is hibernating. Around since 1822, the Maine Historical Society is still collecting, preserving and educating anyone interested in the state’s history and genealogy both online and in their library.
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Take a virtual tour of their collections using the website to search their online catalog and free genealogical resources or to join an online discussion group for networking with other genealogists.

Don’t hesitate to click on the link for the Maine Memory Network, . This virtual museum offers visitors a way to search a digitized database of photos and other materials in the collections of the seventy collaborating Maine Institutions. Since 2001, Kathy Amoroso has been the Outreach Consultant for this grant funded project. At FGS in Boston, you’ll have a chance to listen to Kathy and ask her questions about Maine research. Her talk, “Maine Historical Society: Resources In-house and Online,” provides an overview of the Society’s history and collections as well as tips on how to find your Mainers online and in the library.

Researchers can find plenty online but while you’re here for FGS why not venture north, explore their library and experience a beautiful Maine summer.

Airline Agent

There are some folks who are really getting ready for the 2006 conference. Many have made their hotel reservations and a couple have asked if there is a conference travel agent/suggested airline. That is an easy answer: this year's conference airline will be American Airlines. Nancy Mettes of Damar Travel will be happy to help you with your airline travel. Please let her know if you are a senior citizen. Call her at (800) 999-6101 or e-mail Tell her you want to make your airline reservation for the FGS/NEHGS Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Link to Registration Page

Registration Form

The direct link to the FGS Website and the registration form is: FGS Conference Registration
Remember that you can save $50.00 if you register by December 31, 2005. I was at a conference yesterday here in Minnesota and the excitement about the conference in Boston was evident.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

USGenWeb to Celebrate at Conference

As you may have already read, the Federation of Genealogical Societies will be celebrating its 30th anniversary at the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference. The USGenWeb Project will also be celebrating an anniversary, its 10th. In honor of this anniversary, USGenWeb is sponsoring a track of lectures at the conference, having special events for its members, and also marking the occasion with a 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon.
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As with any of the meal functions at the conference, anyone can purchase a ticket to attend. You don’t have to be a member of the sponsoring organization.

The USGenWeb Project offers free online access to a wealth of historical and genealogical information. The work is all done by volunteers. You may find an index to a county history, maybe even the county history itself, cemetery record and/or tombstone transcriptions, census indexes, indexes to vital records, links to other helpful information – and these are just a few of what it may share for your U.S. locality.

In total, there are 20 USGenWeb sponsored events scheduled for the conference. Lecture topics include secrets of Website maintenance, how to put data online, copyright, hidden treasures, and partnering with genealogical societies. Help USGenWeb celebrate at the 2006 Conference!

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Conference Registration Online

You can now register online for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference!

The first online conference registration was from Canada. That was a smart registrant - located the registration form online at the FGS Website even before
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the announcement was made on this blog. That registrant was even smarter – registering by December 31, 2005 saves $50.00 off a full conference registration. That's a large discount and is a big deal for family historians who are savvy consumers. To reach the FGS Website just click on the FGS link in the column at the right of the blog text.

The form is easy to complete and the payment can be safely made via credit card. At this point you may also sign up for meal functions and several special workshops. Check back every so often to see what details have been added to the FGS Website.