By Tina Lyons, FGS 2013 Publicity Chair
Genealogists love visiting Fort Wayne. The Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center is home to the second largest genealogy collection in the United States. A trip to Fort Wayne can help genealogists find their ancestors in Indiana, across the United States and even in other countries.
Genealogists from around the United States (and beyond) will descend on Fort Wayne August 21-24 for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. Registrants will attend lectures by the nation’s leading family history experts, socialize during luncheons and special evening events, and research their family roots at ACPL.
Most of the conference lecture sessions will be at the Grand Wayne Center. The FGS Opening Social will be at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory on Wednesday, August 21. On Friday, August 23, ACPL and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana will host “Journey through the Generations with Our Veterans” at the library. ACPL will also be offering extended research hours at The Genealogy Center throughout the conference.
Nationally-known speakers will present more than 160 lectures on a wide range of family history topics during the conference’s four days. Conference tracks include genetics, technology, online resources, migration, Midwest research, African American genealogy, European research and military records. Whether you are just beginning to research your family or have been researching for decades, you are sure to learn something new.
The exhibit hall at the Grand Wayne Center is free and open to the public. It will feature genealogy companies highlighting the latest software, books, databases and gadgets to help attendees find their families and tell their families’ stories. Genealogical and historical societies from across the country will also be in the exhibit hall to show what they have to offer.