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Register by Saturday and save!

This is it. This Saturday. July 1.

It’s a deadline no genealogist wants to miss — the early bird registration deadline for the 2017 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Pittsburgh, Building Bridges to the Past.

This, of course, is the conference that begins August 30 and runs through September 2 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It’s one of the annual don’t-miss conferences that offers so much to advance a genealogist’s skills and education including:

• An entire track of seven presentations and panel discussions on using DNA as part of your genealogical toolbox.

• A 15-lecture track covering immigrant and ethnic studies ranging from finding and using German church records to Czech and eastern European research to finding Italian roots to Scottish and Irish research and so much more.

• A six-presentation track on African American research including plantation records, church record research, apprentice records and one from The Legal Genealogist: “‘Deemed a Runaway’: Black Laws of the North.”

• Guides to finding records, in the Allen County Public Library, in the manuscripts and special collections at historical black colleges and universities, at FamilySearch and in Washington, D.C.

• Five lectures on occupations ranging from coal miners and steelworkers to farmers and railroad workers.

• And the unparalleled offerings of FGS on society management, members and volunteers, boards and so much more.

This is the conference where I will be privileged to give the second of two Helen F. M. Leary Distinguished Lectures. At NGS in Raleigh in May, the BCG Education Fund lecture was “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Professional and Personal Genealogical Standard.” Here at FGS, it will be “Rainbows and Kaleidoscopes: Inclusion as a Society and Corporate Genealogical Standard.”

Now… it isn’t like you can’t go if for some reason you can’t register until after Saturday. It’s just that you can save some money if you do register by Saturday. And there’s not a genealogist on the face of the earth who doesn’t like to save money.

The Early Bird Registration fee, if you register online by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday or by mail postmarked by then, is $230 for the entire four-day conference. And that includes a special lunch on Friday in the exhibit hall and $10 in Vendor Bucks. For a single-day registration, the early bird price is $99.

After Saturday, the registration is $270 for the entire four days (including the Friday lunch and vendor bucks) and $109 for a single day.

Other luncheons, special events, and workshops are not included in registration prices.

So… you know you want to attend this. It’s a great opportunity to learn more and to see old friends and meet new ones.

And if you act by Saturday… you can even save some money.

The registration link is here, so no excuses.

See you in Pittsburgh!

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