Florida State Genealogical Society
Florida State Genealogical Society
FSGS 36th Annual Conference
The Best of Times: Genealogy + Technology
November 8-10, 2012
Deerfield Beach, Florida
Featuring Two Nationally-noted Keynote Speakers!
Curt B. Witcher, MA, FUGA, FIGS   Thomas MacEntee
Curt Witcher  
Allen County Public Library
Ft. Wayne Indiana
High-Definition Genealogy
Chicago, Illinois
  • The High Tech and High Touch of 21st Century Genealogy
  • "Pain in the Access:" Getting More from the Internet for Your Genealogy
  • Finding the World with WorldCat
  • Roll Call: New Sites and Sources for Military Records and Research
  • Social Networking:  New Horizons for Genealogists
  • Building a Research Tool Box
  • Backing Up Your Genealogy Data
  • They're Alive: Searching for Living Persons

The Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton is NOW a Doubletree Hotel.  This does not affect the conference.
The beautiful Doubletree Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton in Deerfield Beach, Florida will serve as the conference hotel where all exhibits and lectures will take place.  The hotel is located at 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441.
A block of rooms is being held for FSGS until OCTOBER 22, 2012, at special room rates during your entire stay.  These rates are good for up to three days before and three days after the conference arrival and departure dates (Nov 5, 2012 - November 13, 2012)
Reservations can be made on line at http://tinyurl.com/7m2r9o3.  If you prefer, you can call the hotel at 866-629-9282 and ask for the FSGS Conference rate.
Occupancy Cost
Single/double $129.00
Includes Breakfast Buffet for up to 2 guests per room
Triple/quad $144.00
Includes Breakfast Buffet for up to 4 guests per room
The hotel is very conveniently located to all modes of transportation.
  • Planes:  Three major airports serve the area:  Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL), Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), and Miami International Airport (MIA).  The hotel does NOT provide airport shuttle service.
  • Trains:  The Amtrak and Tri-Rail train station is 1.5 miles or 4 minutes away.  The hotel DOES offer free shuttle services.
  • Automobiles:  If you travel by car, the hotel is off I-95, exit 42 (W. Hillsboro Blvd., Highway 810).  You can see it from the interstate.
  • Parking: The hotel has complimentary self parking.
  • Hotel Shuttle: Complimentary shuttle service is provided to any destination within five miles of the hotel.
Register for the conference online.  On-site registration for the conference (pre-paid and walk-in attendees) will be held in the hotel Ballroom Foyer.  The booth will be open the following hours:
Thursday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Regionally and nationally acclaimed suppliers fo the altest and best genealogy books, maps, CD's, software, periodicals, supplies, etc., will be available at the conference throughout the conference in the exhibit area.  The Florida State Genealogical Society will also ahve displays.  Vendors will be open the following hours:
Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33415.  They have a unique, privately-owned gnealogical research facility with 9000 titles and 13,0000 volumes.  In addition, they have a valuable surname card file with over 200,000 index cards sorted by surname. (561) 616-3455.  Access the library catalog at their website:  http://gensocofpbc.org
Historical Society of Palm Beach County, 300 North Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florda 33401: http://www.historicalsocietypbc.org.
The Deerfield Beach Historical Society:  http://www.deerfield-history.org. open for tours

NEW!! Thursday Sessions

Sessions have been added for Thursday afternoon
This is NEW for FSGS.  Registration will be open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Thursday.  There will be a series of 3 lecture times available with 3 lecture choices in each time slot from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, 2:25 to 3:15 PM, and 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  All of these are included in the FULL Conference Registration or you may register ONLY for Thursday sessions.
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Two Roundtable Discussions
Registration is NOT Required for the Roundtable Discussions
  • Technology/Genealogy Software
  • Society Management
Bring those questions to which you have been dying to know the answers!  Our "ask the experts" panels bring much knowledge and expertise to this "don't miss" event.

Friday Luncheon 12:15 to 1:00 pm

Annual Meeting and Round Table Discussion

Friday Night Banquet:

The Awards Banquet honors:
  • Individuals receiving Florida Pioneer Certificates for documenting pre-1845 Florida Pioneers
  • Recipients of FSGS Awards
  • Charlotte Freels Duval Library Scholarship
2012 Banquet Speaker:  The Honorable Nelson Bailey of the 15th Judicial Circuit of Florida will provide an entertaining and informative presentation of the 500 years of Florida History!

Saturday Luncheon 11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Society Networking!

Other Speakers and Topics

Other Speakers & Topics
Paul Enchelmayer
  • Storing and Restoring Family Photos in the Digital Age
  • Google Secrets for Genealogists
  • Where Were Mom and Dad in 1940? Searching the Census Online
Marlis Glaser Humphrey
  • Introduction to Jewish Genealogy Research
  • I Couldn't Put it Down!  Series:  Latest Trends in Publishing for Genealogists
  • I Could't Put it Down! Series: Convert Your Family History Book to an e-Book
Donna M. Moughty
  • Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com
  • iPhone and iPad for Genealogists
  • Online Resources for Irish Research
Ann Mohr Osisek
  • Fast Forward In Reverse - Backing Up to Go Forward
  • Chronological Logic..Using Timelines in Genealogical Research
  • Backing Up to the Boat - Immigration and Naturalization
Deanna D. Ramsey
  • Valuable Gadgets for the Family Genealogist
  • Project Digitization: The Genealogist Guide to Going Paperless
  • Project Organization: Because there is a Place for Everything!
Ann Staley, CG, CGL
  • Heritage Quest Online
  • The FamilySearch Website - Demystified
Larry Vick
  • Trace Your Ancestry and Find Relatives Using Your DNA