Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Have Your Family History Digitized at FGS 2018

Have a family history that needs scanned? Bring it with you to FGS 2018 and FamilySearch will scan it for free!

FamilySearch Book Scanning and the Allen County Public Library are offering a free service to digitally preserve your written family history at the upcoming FGS Conference in Fort Wayne. FamilySearch will scan and publish a searchable digital copy online! You keep the original. 

Bring your books to the FamilySearch booth at the conference. (Books under copyright must have a signed permission form, which is available at the booth.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

#FGS2018 Conference App Is Available

Keep the FGS 2018 program, speakers, and exhibitors right at your fingertips with the conference app.

Download the Guidebook App on your iOS or Android mobile device or you can even access it on your desktop or laptop!

Step 1: Download the Guidebook App

Go to the App Store, Google Play, or Amazon App store and look for the Guidebook app. You can also go to and have the download link sent right to your phone.

NOTE: If you're using your computer or a device other than an iPhone, Android, or Blackberry 10+ device, go to to view the FGS 2018 conference app.

Also, if you used the conference guide from the FGS 2017 conference in Pittsburgh, the Guidebook app might already be on your phone! We're using the same platform this year.

Step 2: Download the FGS 2018 Guide

After you've downloaded Guidebook, open the app and then:
  • Tap "Find Guides" and enter FGS 2018. You'll see the FGS 2018 Conference guide at the top of the list. 
  • Tap the Download button.

Step 3: Open and Explore the FGS 2018 Guide

Once you've downloaded the FGS 2018 Guide, tap to open it. When it's open, tap the icon of 3 horizontal lines in the upper left-hand corner.
Then you'll see the menu with announcements, information, program, speakers, etc. Tap on any of those and explore!

NOTE: When there is a number next to "Announcements from FGS," that means that there is an announcement that you have not yet read. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

August Webinar: What's Your Education Plan?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce the August 2018 webinar, "Building an Education Plan for Your Society," presented by Cari A. Taplin.
Most genealogical societies foster education in the field of genealogy. Having an education program outside of the monthly meeting can build membership, develop volunteer relationships, and give greater educational opportunities to members. This lecture will share ideas on developing a strong education program for societies.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.
Please register in advance here

About the Speaker
Cari A. Taplin is related to Roy Rogers. Or at least that’s what her family told her. As a result, finding her true heritage has been her focus since the year 2000. She is a native of Wood County, Ohio, but migrated to Wyoming, Colorado, and now Pflugerville, Texas, near Austin. Cari holds the Certified Genealogist® credential and has served in a wide variety of volunteer and leadership positions for state, local, and national societies. She currently serves on the boards of the Association for Professional Genealogists and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. As the owner of GenealogyPANTS, she provides speaking, research, and consultation services. Cari focuses on Midwestern and Great Lakes states, and methodology. When she’s not working on her genealogy, she is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Coming Up Next Month
Our September webinar will feature Patricia Stamm who will present “Using Classes and Research Trips to Expand Your Membership.” 

About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series features a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The webinars are free to watch live, but advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.
Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise! Please contact us at

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summer Issue of FORUM Available

Knowing where to look for records is crucial to finding them. In "Town Records: Your Key to New England Research Success," Michael J. Leclerc, CG, explains the local government structure you need to know for successful research in New England. 

In "Interlibrary Loan: A Useful Tool in Your Genealogy Toolkit," Tina Beaird, MLIS discusses why accessing resources held in distant libraries doesn't necessarily require a road trip.

Katherine R. Willson discusses bringing to life the stories of our veterans in "Preserving Veterans' Voices."

Genealogists are constantly looking for information that relates to their ancestors. Melissa Barker provides ideas about "Where to Find Diaries, Journals & Letters."

And that's not all. 

4 ..... Editor's Message: Summer Reading

6 ..... Town Records: Your Key to New England Research Success by Michael J. Leclerc, CG

11 ..... Interlibrary Loan: A Useful Tool in Your Genealogy Toolkit by Tina Beaird, MLIS

16 ..... Preserving Veterans' Voices by Katherine R. Willson

20 ..... FGS 2018 Is the Place To Be

25 ..... Where to Find Diaries, Journals & Letters by Melissa Barker

29 ..... Ethics & Standards: Separation Anxiety by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

32 ..... Next Generation: Genealogy Seasons by Shannon Combs-Bennett

34 ..... Records Preservation & Access: New Projects, Research Help & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

37 ..... Beyond Boxes & Binders: Elevate Your Storytelling by Linda Coffin

39 ..... Forensic Genealogy: Forensic Genealogy is Not Finding the Living by Helen Haldeman Daglas

43 ..... Reviews

55 ..... Before You Go . . . Georgia's Virtual Vault

How to access FORUM:

The FGS website will be switched to a new platform soon. To ensure that FGS member society leadership and FORUM individual subscribers have access to this latest issue during this transition, we emailed a direct link to the Summer 2018 issue of the magazine.

Current FGS Member Society Leadership: The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the main contact for each member society. Board members and FGS delegates of member societies have access to the magazine through the society's membership. If your organization is an FGS member and you did not receive the link, please email

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the email address on file for each subscriber. If you are a FORUM subscriber and you did not receive the link, please email

Who can subscribe to FORUM? Anyone. You don't have to be a member of a genealogical society in order to subscribe.

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and let your society's leadership begin accessing FORUM and its 25+ year archives which is just one of the many benefits of FGS membership.
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