Monday, January 16, 2006

Sheraton Boston Hotel Rates

In the previous post I mentioned that the Sheraton Boston Hotel price for this conference was a specially negotiated price -- one that other types of events have not been able to present to their attendees.

On another list that I frequently read, Liz Meyers of California posted some comparison prices for this four star hotel. Thanks, Liz.

Sheraton Boston
Regular rate: $369/per night
Airline employees :$219/per night
FGS Conference: $159/per night

The FGS rate is good from August 28 - September 3, 2006.

The Hynes Convention Center

We have had some questions about the location of the convention center in Boston. The FGS/NEHGS Conference is being held at the Hynes Convention Center in the Back Bay area of Boston. It is NOT being held at the Boston Convention Center.
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If you attended GENTECH 2002 in Boston the host hotel and the Hynes center are where that conference was held. The Hynes was chosen for the easy indoor access to the host hotel and all the shopping and research possibilities. If you forget to being something to the conference, you will likely be able to purchase a replacement within two blocks of the hotel and the Hynes. Now, that is a convenience we need so we don’t miss any of the conference activities. Keep checking this blog for continuing news on what is near the Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Hotel.

The Conference Hotel

The Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston’s historic Back Bay provides indoor access to the Hynes Convention Center, the Prudential and Copley Place malls, and even a subway station. Hotel guests have complimentary use of a sundeck, sauna, and 18-meter swimming pool with retractable roof; the hotel also offers a fitness area and a business center. The hotel features "1,215 guestrooms . . . beds with pillowtop mattresses, triple sheeting, and six pillows."

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you will be refreshed when you wake-up to begin each exciting conference day. With the easy indoor access between the hotal and the Hynes Convention Center meeting rooms and Exhibit Hall, you can slip back to your room for a few moments to rest, deposit your many purchases from the Exhibit Hall, and be close-by to other conference activities. Staying in the conference hotel means that at the end of an exciting conference day, you won’t have a long ride or walk to your home or other hotel. One of my favorite parts of genealogy conferences is the opportunity to see old friends, meet new ones, and talk about the new research methods and resources you learned during the day. The hotel elevators, restaurants, and lobby are great places for impromptu gatherings of genealogists.

The hotel cost of $159.00 for a single or double room was negotiated some time ago and is a cost most other types of conventions held in Boston have not been able to negotiate for their registrants. (I guess this means that genealogists really are important!) To reserve your room call the Sheraton Boston at:
Be sure to identify yourself as part of the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference to get the special rate.

The Ruth C. Bishop Volunteer Hall of Honor Award

Does your genealogical society have some outstanding volunteers? The Ruth C. Bishop annual Volunteer Hall of Honor recognizes genealogical society volunteers, both present and past. It is awarded each year at the FGS banquet which takes place on Friday evening during the conference. Ruth Bishop, a special friend of both FGS and NEHGS, personally presents the prestigious Living Volunteer Award to the recipient. Any number of posthumous volunteer awards may be presented annually.

The Volunteer Hall of Honor recognizes society volunteers . . .
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who render valuable service to organizations far and wide. The deadline for nominations for the 2006 award is April 17, 2006. Please suggest that your organization take this opportunity to recognize members of your society for the important contributions they make. Each member society may nominate one person per category each year.

The 2006 Living Volunteer Award winner receives airfare, hotel, conference registration, and a banquet ticket for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS Conference in Boston. A cash award of $1000.00 is awarded to the Living Volunteer nominating organization.

Details and the nomination form may be found at the FGS Website. Nominating organizations must be an FGS member society. Membership information is also at the FGS Website. Nominations can be submitted at any time for future consideration, but remember that the deadline for the 2006 award is April 17, 2006.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

New England: On the Program

If you haven't already looked at the schedule for the Boston conference, what are you waiting for? There are topics for everyone. Use the track search feature on the FGS website to find lectures tailored to your interests such as New England Research. On Friday you can hear the following lectures: Read More

Finding New England Families in Southern U.S. Manuscripts by J. Mark Lowe, former President of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Boston States Migration: What Word Don't You Understand by Sharon Sergeant, owner of Ancestral Manor.

New England and the Chesapeake: Family Connections Along the Atlantic Coast by Eric Grundset, Director of the DAR Library in Washington, DC.

These are just three of the many topics you can enjoy at the 2006 conference.

Friday, January 06, 2006

NEHGS announces library hours for the conference week

The New England Historic Genealogical Society has announced its hours for the 2006 FGS/NEHGS conference week. Usually the NEHGS library is closed on Monday, but for this conference it will open on Monday, August 28th. The library will keep its regular Wednesday evening hours on August 30th until 9:00 p.m. NEHGS wanted you to know these hours in plenty of time to make travel arrangements. . .
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Monday, August 28: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 29: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 30: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 31: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 1: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 2: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

To learn more about the fantastic collection at NEHGS visit the Website at

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Conference Registration -- still a way to save

Thanks to the hundreds of folks who registered for the FGS/NEHGS 2006 Conference by December 31, 2006. For those of you who could not register by that Extra Early Discount deadline, don’t despair. There is still a chance for a $30.00 savings off the full conference registration fee. That full four day price is $185.00 but register by July 1, 2006 and you will pay only $155.00. Check out the FGS Website under Conferences for the details.