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NSSAR Represented at Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Birmingham, AL



The SAR was well represented at the annual meeting of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference held in Birmingham, Alabama.  Over 1000 individuals attended the conference held August 29-September 1, 2012.  
Members of the Alabama Society Sons of the American Revolution (ALSSAR) set up and staffed a booth in the exhibitor hall with membership information as well as SAR Genealogical Research Library materials.  Over 60 membership application sets were handed out at the booth to prospective members.  A raffle for a handheld scanner was also sponsored by the SAR.  In addition to the exhibitor table, the ALSSAR Color Guard was asked to post colors at the first keynote session on August 30.  
NSSAR staff Assistant Librarian/Archivist Rae Ann Sauer attended the conference on behalf of the SAR Genealogical Research Library.  Sauer attended Librarian’s Day on August 29.  Librarian’s Day is an event sponsored by ProQuest that offers librarians an opportunity to learn about advances in the field, especially as it relates to genealogy.  Speakers included Curt Witcher of Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana as well as Elizabeth Crabtree Wells, Special Collections Librarian and Archivist at Samford University and wife of NSSAR Librarian General Michael Wells.  Sauer discovered new products displayed at the conference related to the field of genealogy. Her attendance at several genealogy seminars will enhance her ability to better assist library patrons in their genealogical research.  The FGS Conference is just one of many outreach initiatives that the SAR participates in throughout the country. Other outreach events include the Kentuckiana Family Research Conference and the Louisville Genealogical Society Annual Seminar.  Please contact your state society to learn about opportunities near you!