22 August 2010

The FGS Conference was a fantastic success!

FGS 2010 welcomed more than 1800 participants throughout the week's activities. Participants included more than 1000 conference registrants, 169 librarians, and nearly 100 volunteers. We were also joined by 500 eager beginning genealogists during Saturday's Ancestry.com events. Others included 102 registrants at the Association of Professional Genealogists Professional Management Conference and countless area residents who visited the Exhibit Hall. Special events for attendees included "Come & Sit a Spell" with Sheila Kaye Adams on Wednesday evening which drew 300 individuals and Thursday night at the Museum of Appalachia with more than 400 in attendance.

Exciting door prizes offered by conference vendors such as a cruise for two to Bermuda, an IPad, Deluxe Ancestry subscriptions, week-long stays in Salt Lake City hotels, and others brought a boisterorus crowd to
the extended Exhibit Hall hours on Friday evening. The War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions reception on Friday evening was a rousing success. We thank FamilySearch for sponsoring the evening and providing the extravagant door prize - and you for attending and supporting this project.

The bottom line -- a very successful conference all around! A round of thanks to our speakers, vendors, and local co-hosts, The East Tennessee Historical Society and the Kentucky Historical Society, and our numerous sponsors and participating organizations including our platinum sponsors FamilySearch and Ancestry.com.

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