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journey.through.generations. Plan now to join fellow genealogists for a fun-filled, inspiring time at the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Wednesday through Saturday, August 21–24.

restored Embassy Theater, the historic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the History Center, the Museum of Art, and the Civic Theater. Have a sweet tooth? Perhaps you might want to tour the local DeBrand Fine Chocolates factory.

Fort Wayne is home to The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library. You may want to add extra days into your schedule for research at this renowned facility, the second largest genealogical research collection in North America.

For local history buffs, Fort Wayne was the site of a Miami Indian village, a French trading post, and a handful of forts— French, British, and three American! A reproduction fort on the riverbank is the site of living history activities. Those who have a bent for natural history may be interested to know that the area is the confluence of three rivers, the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee, was once covered by the Great Black and Portage Swamps, and has some significant geologic features.

Fort Wayne’s Grand Wayne Center is a premier facility and a great place for an FGS conference! Centrally located in downtown Fort Wayne, the conference site is connected to one of the conference hotels, the Hilton, and across the street, but connected by a skywalk, to the Courtyard by Marriott. The Grand Wayne Center is just an easy half-block walk from the Allen County Public Library. Traveling with a non-genealogist? No worries. Fort Wayne has plenty to offer in the way of interesting activities. Indiana’s second-largest city is home to two shopping malls, the award-winning Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, many scenic parks, and a minor league baseball team. Downtown features the beautifully

Fort Wayne embodies the Indiana state motto, the Crossroads of America, with easy access regardless of direction or mode of transportation! An exciting week awaits you, so mark your calendars now for this unforgettable conference!

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference August 21–24, 2013 Fort Wayne, Indiana with local hosts


Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana Allen County Public Library

Learn from experts. Collaborate with other genealogists. Look for your ancestors in the more than one million books and microform sources in The Genealogy Center of the Allen County Public Library.

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program overview The conference kicks off with Path to Genealogy Success, the title for the 2013 Librarian’s Day, on Tuesday, August 20, featuring sessions highlighting strategies for genealogical success, both in helping patrons, and also through collaboration with other organizations. Learn from those who are in the trenches at some of the nation’s largest and busiest genealogical collections. Join us on Wednesday, August 21, for Focus on Societies Day, which targets society leaders, volunteers, and anyone who wants to make a difference within a genealogical organization. An inspiring plenary session precedes a variety of dynamic presentations by speakers experienced in society management. Discover sessions on grant writing, strategic growth, volunteer recruitment, events scheduling, website building, and more! This is the day when you and your society get the attention and instruction you crave. The Midwest, where ethnic and religious groups thrived, and where farming and industry prospered, shines in the FGS 2013 program. Sessions will include basic genealogy skills and sound methodology, and embrace relevant and popular niches on immigration, transportation, genetics and DNA, writing and publishing,

Conservatory. Stroll through three rooms of spectacular flora while visiting with your own species of fauna—fellow family historians! Enjoy music, special activities, and yes, food and drink. The Botanical Conservatory is located directly across the street from the Grand Wayne Center.

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technology, military records, and online resources. Plan to join your favorite group for a luncheon at the conference. The FGS Focus on Societies Luncheon will be on Wednesday, followed by a selection of four group-hosted luncheons on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Luncheons offer a great time to network with others who have similar interests, or to meet and get acquainted with a group you are thinking of joining. The food promises to be tasty, and just think, you won’t have to leave the conference facility to stand in line to get your midday meal! Of course, no conference would be complete without a few special events. Conference social activities will kick off Wednesday evening with a visit to the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical

Thursday evening will feature extended hours in the Exhibit Hall so conference attendees can take their time browsing and shopping the assortment of vendor booths without missing a single minute of interesting lecture sessions, as well as visit the many societies displaying in the Society Showcase. This special evening will include door prizes, as well as some fun new twists that will be announced closer to the event. Conference local co-hosts, the Allen County Public Library and the Allen County Genealogical Society, invite conference registrants to a Friday evening at The Genealogy Center for afterhours research, fun, and refreshments. And when it’s all said and done, there’s always the Farewell Brunch on Sunday, August 25. Your passport to take you on a journey through generations awaits you at the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana. See you at the Crossroads!

Watch the FGS website in early 2013 for full conference details. Beginning September 1 , the FGS 2013 Conference Blog goes live at Follow us: Facebook: | Twitter: @FGSconference | Follow along on Twitter #fgs2013

conference hotels Hilton Fort Wayne

Courtyard by Marriott

1020 South Calhoun Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802-3005 Phone: 260.420.1100 Toll Free: 800.HILTONS URL: Rates: $119.00 plus tax

1150 South Harrison Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 Phone: 260.490.3629 Toll Free: 866.704.6163 URL: Rates: $129.00 plus tax

Reservations may be made online or by phone starting September 1, 2012, through July 18, 2013. The reservation code will be announced on the FGS conference blog and Facebook. A special weblink will be provided for those wishing to register online.

Reservations may be made online or by phone starting September 1, 2012, through July 21, 2013. The reservation code is “GENO” (to be used for call-in reservations only).