FGS 2013 at home

Recorded sessions

So… all week long The Legal Genealogist has lamented the fact that (a) there’s no way to be in two (or three or four) places at one time to take in all the sessions of the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and (b) so many people who could benefit from the sessions of the conference couldn’t be in Fort Wayne this week.

FGS_2013_speaker_badgeAnd yesterday I discovered something buried in my registration packet. It says I don’t need to be in two places at one time — and you don’t need to be in Fort Wayne.

The company recording the audio from the sessions here in Fort Wayne — a mere 136 separate sessions — will be more than happy to sell you a CD of any recorded session for $12 per session or an MP3 for download for $10 during the conference (which ends tomorrow) with a 20% discount for the purchase of 10 or more sessions. (You can find the speaker list with session numbers and titles of sessions at the FGS Conference website.)

I should add that many of the genealogy speakers signed any proceeds of their talks back to FGS to support the Preserve the War of 1812 Pensions effort. (I know that’s what I did with mine.) So every penny of profit on many of these sessions is going right back to the genealogical community for a very good records-preservation cause.

And the company will sell you the right to listen to every last one of the sessions — all of them — all 136 sessions if I counted right — for $299 during the conference and $379 afterwards. You can choose between the MP3 CD-ROM and on-the-internet versions of the package for the same all inclusive price.

Now math has never been my strong suit. I need a calculator to figure anything more complex than two plus two.

But the calculator here in my computer says if there are 136 recorded sessions for a during-conference price of $299 and an after-conference price of $379, that’s a grand total of $2.20 per session if you sign up during the conference, and $2.79 per session if you wait and buy the package later.

I stopped off at the company booth today and double-checked that the during-conference price is available to both folks registered here and folks at home. So if you’re interested, you have to act today or tomorrow at Fleetwood Onsite’s website.

Now… the kicker is this. There isn’t any place on the company website today and tomorrow to try to buy the package online for the during-conference price. But the folks from Fleetwood who are here at the conference told me at 8:30 this morning that if you will contact the company through its website contact-us page during the conference (which closes at 6 p.m. EDT tomorrow, Saturday, the 24th), that special price will be honored.

If you don’t decide in time, you can still order the package afterwards and, even at the higher after-conference price, you’re still talking at least 136 hours of genealogy for $2.79 an hour.

Talk about a deal…

And you don’t have to be in two places at one time.

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7 Responses to FGS 2013 at home

  1. Ruy Cardoso says:

    For people concerned about the quality of the sound recordings, Fleetwood has put up three-minute audio samples of each session. Go to the link below and click on whatever session you’re interested in (the list covers several pages). You’ll then see the embedded audio player. You can also add the download to your purchases on the same page.

    http://www.fleetwoodonsite.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=fgs

  2. Well I have been pouting about not being able to attend this year so you just made my day! A few minutes after emailing Fleetwood, I had a response to give them a call. My order has been placed!

  3. Tracey Arial says:

    Hi Judy,
    Just wanted you to know that about 100 of us have taken advantage of this great offer. Thanks so much for making it possible for me to attend the conference over the next year from the comfort of my own home. Thanks also for making the conference sound like a lot of fun.

    • Judy G. Russell says:

      Tracey, the conferences ARE fun. An opportunity to network and learn and visit with old friends and meet new ones. If you ever get the chance to go in person (NGS 2014 is in Richmond and FGS 2014 in San Antonio!), you should. But the recording package is a great idea for those who couldn’t be here. Glad you had the chance to take advantage of it.

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