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Don’t snooze or you’ll lose!

One of the nation’s premier genealogical conferences is coming up fast, as the Federation of Genealogical Societies prepares to descend on Washington, D.C. August 21-24, 2019 for the FGS 2019 Conference.

It’s going to be enormously good fun, starting with a whole raft of pre-conference activities like guided research at the Library of Congress and the National Archives and a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see the new National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC).

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D. Joshua Taylor, president of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, will keynote on Coming Home: Finding Our Place in America’s Tapestry, and then we get to choose from four full days of inclusive topics—many brand new—presented by the nation’s top family history experts and specialists from local resources such as the National Archives, Library of Congress, DAR Library, Bureau of Land Management, and more.

The tracks this year offer so much: America’s Resources; Mid-Atlantic Region; The Tapestry of America; In America’s Service; Circle the Globe; Colonial History & Settlement; Social & Cultural Community; Women’s Studies and more. And three separate DNA tracks, covering Want foundations, methods, and practice.

There will be new “In a Flash” mini-sessions Thursday through Saturday on topics like University of Maryland’s Global Journeys project, still pictures at the National Archives, Baltimore’s enslaved Catholics, and finding speakers for your society’s events, plus hands-on two-hour workshops: Transcription & Record Analysis: Extracting Data from Handwritten Materials; Creating Accessible Digital Content for Your Members, Researchers, and Clients; and Save Your Family Story: Write Your Family History.

Add in the luncheons with great speakers, and a Friday night social, “Swing Back to the 30s with Your Ancestors,” and this is one of those don’t-miss-it conferences.

You’ll even have a chance to join The Legal Genealogist in one or more of three sessions:

Courting the Nation’s Capital: The Courts of Washington, DC, Wednesday, at 11 a.m.

“Death by Undue Means”: Coroners’ Records, Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

From the 18th to the 21st: The Records of Prohibition, Friday at 4 p.m.

BUT… you knew there was going to be a but, right? … you can’t delay if you want to be sure of getting into some of the special events.

Because online registration ends this Friday, August 2, 2019.

That doesn’t mean you can’t grab a train ticket and show up if your schedule clears at the last minute. Onsite registration will be possible. But many of the special tours, luncheons and events will be fully booked, so don’t delay if you’re thinking of joining us.

Come on down — or, as FGS puts it, come home to our Washington, DC!

For more information, check out the FGS conference website and to register, head over to the register now link.

Hope to see you soon, in our Washington, DC!

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “FGS 2019 online registration closes Friday,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 29 July 2019).

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