Quarterly Newsletter of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

Friday, March 19, 2010

7 July 2007

FSGS 2007 Conference features Chapter speakers, roadshow, annual meeting, vendor booth
Four Chapter members will be among 10 featured speakers at the Florida State Genealogical Society (FSGS) 2007 Genealogy Conference on 9-10 November in Orlando. They are Jack Butler, Donna M. Moughty, Alvie L. Davidson, CG, and Ann Mohr Osisek (also FSGS president). Our Ann Staley, CG, is conference chair. We will also hold our Ancestor Roadshow (free genealogy consultations for attendees) and annual Chapter meeting as well as operate a vendor booth. Also coming up is the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 15-18 August, including the APG Roundtable and Professional Management Conference, run by our Donna Moughty. Here are more details from George Morgan, conference publicity chair:

The Florida State Genealogical Society announces its 31st Annual Genealogy Conference to be held 9-10 November 2007 at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel on beautiful Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando, Florida. The Central Florida Genealogical Society has graciously agreed to be the local host for this year’s conference. We believe we have put together a truly spectacular program with dynamic speakers!

Our featured guest speakers are nationally-recognized experts Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, M.D., and Patricia O’Brien Shawker, CG SM.

Dr. Thomas Shawker is a physician at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has written over 200 scientific publications, including several articles on genetics, family health history, and medical history in the NGS Newsmagazine, the NGS Quarterly, and New England Ancestors, a publication of NEHGS. He is also the author of the book, Unlocking your Genetic History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering your Family’s Medical and Genetic Heritage, in the National Genealogical Society book series. Dr Shawker will present two exciting lectures that are sure to pique your interest in genetic genealogy: “DNA Testing: The Very, Very Basics” and “Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry: Genetic Genealogy & DNA Testing.”

Patricia O’Brien Shawker CG SM is a certified genealogist whose interests are Maryland genealogy and research at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). She has lectured at the local, state and national levels, and has served on the boards of both NGS and the National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR). Ms. Shawker will present two great lectures: “Passport Applications,” which discusses documents in the possession of both NARA and the U.S. Department of State, and the rich genealogical resources in them; and “NARA Records: A Case Study” which discusses how to reap the riches of NARA using both the major and minor record groups.

The Shawkers will be joined by seven additional excellent speakers who will present lectures about using the Internet and library/archive resources in your research; digital photography; little-known 20th century sources; immigration; research in newspapers and in territorial records; identification and dating of photographs; document preservation; a variety of topics about record types and research methodologies.

This conference program is filled with something for everyone! These speakers and their topics will be published on the FGS Web site .

The annual Gala Awards Banquet will be held on Friday night. It will honor individuals who have documented their Florida pioneers through the Florida Pioneer Descendant Program. In addition, awards will be presented by FSGS to individuals who have exemplified their dedication to genealogy.

A wide variety of vendors and genealogical, historical, lineage, and heritage societies will join the festivities in the FSGS Conference Exhibit Hall. Attendees will also be eligible to win door prizes.

The Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel is our conference venue, located just off I-4 at Lake Ivanhoe. It is close to downtown shopping and 25 minutes from the major attractions. The property has recently undergone a $10-million complete renovation and is a smoking-free facility. FSGS has negotiated a very attractive room rate of $109.00 per room per night, plus tax, double or single, for the conference attendees. Parking is free for all registered attendees. High-speed Internet connectivity is available for $9.95 per day. A direct Internet link to our conference rate can be accessed at the following Web site or directly from the FSGS Web site.

Full details about the 31st Annual Genealogy Conference and a Conference Registration form in PDF format will be found at the FSGS Web site at

Mark your calendar today and send in your registration for what promises to be one of the best genealogical conferences anywhere this year! Let’s meet in Orlando for the 31st Annual FSGS Genealogy Conference!

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