REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Texas State Genealogical Society’s 2012 Annual Conference, “Saddlebags to Social Networking: Following Ancestors Through History,” November 1- 3 at the Riley Conference Center in Fort Worth!
This year’s featured speaker is Curt Witcher, who heads one of the top genealogical research libraries in the nation, the Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
**Thursday** is Free Learning Day. Develop genealogical society leadership skills or learn how librarians can better serve genealogists. Also free on Thursday are two identical half day sessions on using FamilySearch.org.
**Thursday Night** is our completely free “Best of the Southwest” Genealogy Expo where sellers of genealogical books, services and supplies will be open for business. You’ll also visit with representatives of many genealogical, lineage and historical associations.
**Friday** is the first of two days of concentrated education where many of Texas’s best genealogical speakers will present topics as varied as scanning and sharing family photos, Native American research, DNA, immigration and courthouse records. Friday continues the free half-day session on FamilySearch.org, plus something not seen before—a free "Getting Started" track that will help novices begin their research. Friday night is the highly anticipated Banquet with nearly $3000 in Awards granted after Lloyd Bockstruck, this area’s iconic source of genealogical wit and wisdom, entertains us with “A Black Chicken Lays White Eggs”.
**Saturday** tops the Conference with Curt Witcher sharing his years of knowledge and national leadership in four lectures. We offer again the same free "Getting Started" all-day track for novices. ALL classes—even the free ones—require registration. Register online at https://txsgs.wufoo.com/forms/
**Cost** We’ve reduced registration fees substantially from past years. Full conference registration, which includes lunch Friday and Saturday, is $60 with a $10 discount to current TSGS individual or family members (TSGS membership is available on the registration forms. Benefits of membership can be found at www.TxSGS.org). You’ll want to sign up for the Banquet and purchase a hard copy of the Syllabus (free in digital form to all registrants.) If you’re attending a free session, you may order lunch. You must register to be entered in the daily door prizes drawings.