The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) National Conference will be in back in Springfield Illinois this year! So plan now for a late summer trip to the land of Lincoln or if you live in Illinois, head to the center of the state for a genealogy fun time! Online registration is now open for the 2016 FGS National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories” to be held August 31 — September 3, 2016, in Springfield, IL, and locally hosted by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Register by July 1, 2016, for the early-bird discount at

This is a special Conference celebrating 40 years since the founding of FGS. Each day of the conference is full of sessions aimed at strengthening attendees’ research skills no matter what level or area of interest they may have.

Conference Highlights

Conference Sessions: With over 160 sessions, 72 expert speakers from around the world, 10 luncheons with speakers, 7 workshops, and 2 interactive seminars, learning opportunities overflow in the FGS 2016 Program. With interesting daily tracks covering the U.S. Midwest (regional track), the United Kingdom (British Isles and Commonwealth track), and continental European research (ethnic track), attendees of all skill levels will learn a multitude of ways to uncover more about their family history.

There are many Chicago and Illinois interest sessions that you do not want to miss!

Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Located in the special Society Showcase area, representatives of FGS Member Societies will be on hand to demonstrate how their society can help attendees with their family history.

Chicago Genealogical Society will have a booth at the Conference. We are booth #224 so stop by and visit us!

Special Events: With built-in networking opportunities, registrants can meet like-minded genealogists and family historians at FGS special events including “Farms & Families: Across the Decades” on Wednesday evening; the “Meet & Greet” on Thursday evening; and the FGS 40th Anniversary Gala on Friday evening.

Don’t forget to register at

See you in Springfield!

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