My Packing List for FGS in Fort Wayne

Jen at the Allen County Public Library

Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to attend a number of conferences and so when the blogging prompt for the FGS 2013 was sent out I knew that I should write.  Yes, that’s right… I’m going to FGS!    I’ve managed to squeeze out a couple more vacation days for August so that I can attend the Federation of Genealogical Society Conference.  It’s being held in Fort Wayne, Indiana and I am really looking forward to attending the conference for the first time.  This year I began volunteering with The Morse Society as Website Manager and I look forward to learning what I can at the conference.


So what will I pack?  Here’s the most important items that I’ve learned over past years.

  • A light sweater (for chilly classrooms)
  • Cell phone with charger & extra battery
  • Business cards
  • Notebook & Pencil
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Tablet with charger
  • Bottle of water
  • Large shoulder bag for carrying goodies & handouts from booths

Now if you are hoping to squeeze in some research time at the Allen County Public Library (good luck!) I also recommend that you check out Harold Henderson’s guide to visiting the library.  He’s got great information in there.  If you have never been there I would recommend that you focus on a locality or a particular surname during your visit.  It’s easy to get sidetracked and wander aimlessly in wonder.  I have a couple specific books that I plan to look at, but nothing major.

I also plan to get together with the other geneabloggers that will be attending.  Plus I’ll get to catch up and meet some of the folks I’ve been working with at The In-Depth Genealogist!  Good times!  Hope to see you there!




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