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04 September 2019

Report from the FGS Conference in Washington, D. C.

CGS was well represented at the National Conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, held August 21-24 in Washington, D. C. The event offered four full days jam-packed with interesting speakers and exhibitors on a multitude of topics. “It was hard to choose classes because there were so many offered,” said CGS past president Linda Okazaki, who was among our members in attendance.

Kathryn Doyle, James Russell, Katie Welka, Pamela Brigham,
and Linda Okazaki at last month's FGS Conference
The conference was held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, the site of every Presidential inaugural ball dating back to Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. Many attendees enjoyed a 1930s-themed party on Friday night, which featured dancing to a live traditional jazz band. Guests were invited to come dressed as a favorite ancestor from the 1930s. 

Katherine Wilson and Linda Okazaki in 1930s dress
The big news this year was the announcement of the planned merger between FGS and NGS (the National Genealogical Society). This has been widely covered and was discussed in a previous blog post.

Next year's FGS Conference (the last before the two societies merge) will be held in Kansas City.

Photos courtesy Linda Okazaki
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