Genealogy Gems at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Conference

Free classes. Free swag. Free live-streaming events. Find it all at the Genealogy Gems booth #200 at FGS 2016. 

Free sessions back by popular demand!
After a fabulous response last year, Genealogy Gems will once again be hosting a series of FREE presentations at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, FGS 2016. Join us in our Genealogy Gems Theater. Our popular sessions help you think outside the box for greater genealogy success (and have fun and get free swag while you’re at it).

FGS 2016 Exhibit booth

This year’s captivating speakers

Lisa Louise Cooke – Genealogy Gems podcast host, author, speaker, and Google Guru
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide – here to talk about the hottest topic in genealogy, DNA!
Jim BeidlerFamily Tree Magazine featured guest, and author of the book Trace Your German Roots Online

The Schedule

Peruse the schedule and mark your favorites so you don’t miss a thing.

BONUS SESSION: Join Lisa in the FGS theater area of the exhibit hall
Saturday at 12:10
Top Google Search Strategies for Genealogists

Not attending in person? Join in from home with live streaming!

Like Rootstech 2016 and NGS 2016, we will be streaming again through the free Periscope app! Get the Periscope app in Apple’s App Store or Google Play, sign up for a free account, and follow Lisa Louise Cooke to tune in. Sign up for notifications in Periscope, and your phone will “ping” when we start streaming.

If you join in a little after the lecture, that’s okay: each broadcast stays in the Periscope app for 24 hours. Be sure to Like and follow the Genealogy Gems Facebook page for last-minute video additions!

Live-Streamed Sessions:

Thursday, 9/1
10:00 AM – Organize Your Digital Date, Lisa Louise Cooke
1:15 PM – Getting Started in Genetic Genealogy, Diahan Southard
Saturday, 9/3
12:15 PM – mtDNA Success Secrets, Diahan Southard

1:15 PM – Easy Family History Videos, Lisa Louise Cooke

FREE eBook!

Attend any session and sign up to receive our free ebook of handouts for all sessions! Here’s what Mona L. had to say about the sessions she attended at a recent conference:

“Lisa, LOVE the E-book, it is so helpful to have a follow-up from the plethora of info at [the conference]. I still feel the cost of the plane trip from Illinois and the cost of the conference were worth every penny to hear your presentations. And thankfully I now I have started a library of Lisa Louise Cooke books. I look forward to your next, whatever it will be. You still ROCK!”

Grand Prize Drawing: Total Retail Value over $210

Presenters at the Genealogy Gems Theater have pitched in for this year’s Grand Prize drawing. The winner will receive:

…from Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

…from Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard

…from Family Tree Magazine: an e-book bundle valued at about $100

Click here for the Grand Prize entry form (which also gets you the FREE ebook with all session handouts). Drop the entry off at Booth #200. Winner will be notified by email. 

Where You Can Find Us

map of Genealogy Gems booth at FGS

Lisa and Diahan will also be teaching FGS conference classes. Arrive early for a great seat:

Lisa’s FGS Classes

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Video Marketing: Killer YouTube Strategies for Societies

The producer of the Genealogy Gems YouTube Channel (founded 2007, 250,000+ views) will share strategies for creating a robust YouTube channel for your society.

Friday, September 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Genealogical Time Machine: How to Make Google Earth Your DeLorean!
See old maps, genealogical records, images, and videos come together to create stunning time travel experiences and captivating stories in Google Earth. (2 hour workshop)

Diahan’s FGS Classes

Friday, September 2, 2016, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Every Surname in Your Pedigree Can Benefit From YDNA Testing

Learn basic and intermediate principles of using YDNA to verify and extend your pedigree chart, including how to make the most of your family project.

Friday, September 2, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
What Now? Your Next Steps with Autosomal DNA Testing
Overwhelmed with autosomal DNA? I can teach you in 45 minuets tools you can implement and understand today, so you can find your ancestors tomorrow.

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