Monday, July 24, 2006

Opening Session - The Archivist of the United States

The opening session of the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference this year is a very special one. This is the 30th opening session, marking a milestone in the Societies history. The documents forming the society were incorporated in Illinois in 1976. They are now kept in the archives of FGS. Archives are very important. They hold the collective history of an organization, of a family, of a town and even a country.

The Federation is proud to announce that one of the keynote speakers of the opening session of this very exciting annual conference to be the Archivist of the United States, Allen Weinstein.

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Mr. Weinstein will be addressing the conference attendees in the topic “The National Archives Vision of the Future and Genealogy” The National Archives of the United States currently has new projects to digitize and create electronic resources and initiatives to keep the nations history in electronic format. The digital age is upon us, and one only has to browse the web, or go to their local genealogical societies website to find digitized records, indexes or family histories to understand the prevalence of these electronic times.

In addition to Mr. Weinstein, the New England Historic Genealogical Society President and CEO D. Brenton Simmons will greet conference goers. Mr. Simmons will inform the audience of NEHGS electronic projects and the NEHGS vision of the future. The Federation is very pleased to have the oldest genealogical society in the country partnering with us to bring you this anniversary conference.

Of course the opening session means the opening of the exhibit hall. Opening of the hall, the place to see the latest and greatest genealogical publications, technologies and exhibits rounds out opening morning activities of what promises to be the most exciting, educational, and eventful genealogical conference in recent memory.

The Federation and NEHGS look forward to having you attend. Please visit the FGS Website at www.fgs.org for conference information, and a registration form. You won’t want to miss the opening session with the Archivist of the United States and all the educational sessions, networking opportunities, exhibit browsing and much more that follows.

Please join us!!

Sue Kaufman
FGS/NEHGS National Conference Co-Chair
The Birthplace of American Genealogy
Boston, MA
Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2006

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