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Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference
Wednesday, August 31 through Saturday, September 3
Federation of Genealogical Societies 2016 Conference  (National Events)
Springfield, Illinois

Join Us for the FGS 2016 Conference Time Travel: Centuries of Memories

For its 40th anniversary, the Federation of Genealogical Societies returns to Illinois for its 2016 annual conference, as it did back in 2011. Springfield, the state capital and the historical home of Abraham Lincoln, will host thousands of genealogists and genealogical society members for Time Travel: Centuries of Memories, August 31 to September 3, 2016.

If you have attended an FGS conference, you know the excitement of not only learning from many of the top genealogy speakers in the country, but also networking and socializing with fellow family historians in a congenial setting.

The local host for FGS 2016 is the Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS), founded in 1968 and based in Springfield. FGS National Conference Chairs and ISGS members Janice Fritsch and Susie Pope will be assisted by FGS and ISGS members and many others in providing a unique and exceptional educational experience for every genealogist.

Visit the FGS Conference Website at https://www.fgsconference.org/ for more information.




Saturday, September 10
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Assembling Your Ancestor’s Business Biography  (ISGS Events)
1:30 pm
Newberry Library, 66 E Walton, Chicago, IL
A presentation by Marsha Peterson-Maass. Think about the percentage of your Chicago ancestors’ lives that were spent working. Does your genealogical research so that percentage justice? And what if they owned and ran their own business? One of the most overlooked genealogical research areas is business and employee records. In this lively presentation, we’ll review sources for these records, take a look at the many ways to easily incorporate business information into your ancestors’ biographies and even enjoy a business rendition of “Who Do You Think You Are?”
 
Marsha got her start in genealogy in high school when she entered a family history project in the State of Illinois History competition and tied for State Champion. Her first formal training in genealogy was at The Newberry Library-Chicago in the beginner’s class that she now teaches (since 2002).  She is author of the Fundamentals of Genealogy® textbook series, blog and social media platforms. And today, along with teaching and lecturing on a wide range of topics, Marsha has a thriving forensic genealogy practice where she uses science and technology to measure portions of the evidence (like verifying adoption research with DNA test results).