Gone to Texas

FGS2014 Gone to Texas

Today marks the beginning of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference in San Antonio.  I am excited to be back in my home state and to visit San Antonio, where I lived during 2005-2010.

This morning kicks off with a business plan strategy workshop for genealogical societies, sponsored by FamilySearch.org.  This is an important topic because genealogical societies are volunteer organizations that are the heart of much activity in the genealogy industry.  In fact, when I bid farewell to Texas and drove north to Colorado in 2010, the first people I met in my new home town were genealogists from various societies in the Denver-metro area.  Some of the genealogists that I met at these societies are among my closest friends today.

I am looking forward to connecting with many of my genealogy friends from across the nation at the conference this week.  There is such an energy when family historians who are passionate about their research get together to share with each other.

I am also excited about perusing the expo hall for new vendors, tools and technologies.  Being able to network with leaders from Ancestry.com and FindMyPast at breakfasts and focus groups is also a rewarding experience.  The spirit of collaboration and mutual sharing runs strong at these events and leaves me reinvigorated.

Last, I hope to have some free time to visit some of the historical sites around the Riverwalk, which I never seemed to have enough time to do when I lived here.

Thanks FGS for planning such a great conference!