Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FGSCruise2015: On the Ship

So, you’ve never been on a cruise and you’re wondering what it’s all about.  Yep, I had to drag my husband on his first cruise, and now we’ve taken over forty in twenty years, so how bad can it be?  You want to come on the FGS cruise but wonder if your spouse will be bored.  Hmmm.

First of all, it’s really hard to use the word “cruise” and “bored” in the same sentence.  When you wake up in the morning you’re either “at sea”, a great place to be, or in “port” – another great place.  Let’s pretend that today we’re at sea.

Is your spouse or you an exercise person? If so, there is usually a stretch class on the deck.  If not, head to the gym and jump on the machine of your choice, or go to one of the many pools and swim a few laps.  If you’re a walker, you can walk miles on the Promenade deck, or you can jog on the jogging track.  No excuses!

Exercise is not your way to start the day?  You could have breakfast ordered from room service (no extra charge, but a small tip is nice.)  You can sit on your balcony and sip your coffee.  Or, if you want to find your genealogy friends, head up to the Windjammer for a breakfast buffet that will blow you away.  You can even get a “made to order” omelet, or just stick to your fruit and yogurt.  NAH!  Go for the gold – eggs, bacon, waffles, coffee, juice – you know what I mean.  You came on this cruise to be waited on!  Okay, go to the dining room for breakfast and that will happen!  (Meanwhile your room steward is making your bed, cleaning your bathroom, and he’ll be back later in the evening to check on things again.)

In the morning show, the cruise director will tell you all about the ports.  You both can find out what you’ll see and what you can buy.  This is always a fun event to attend.  If you prefer, there is a card room where you can beat your friends at the game of your choice.  They have games on the ship, but I like to bring a few of my own.  Anyone for Five Crowns or Sequence?  How about Canasta or Scrabble?  If you like Trivia, there are three or four trivia games a day on the ship and they give very exotic prizes – like key chains and highlighters – but hey, it’s fun.  Get together your team of six or just go to the game and join someone needing more team members.  It’s a great way to make friends.

You might catch a movie or if you’re into the slots or other gambling, the casino is open when we’re at sea.  This applies to the gift shops, too--we have to be in international waters for them to be open, so they are not open when we’re in port.  SHOPPING – yes, there is shopping!  Have fun!

The spa!  AHHHHHH!  Need I say more?  It’s rather pricey, but oh-so-decadent.

On Port day you’ll be able to see all the beautiful stops in Alaska and how lucky we are to stop in Victoria!  We will soon tell you more about our private excursions we are putting together just for our group.

Amer0101 - Flickr - NOAA Photo Library

But wait – you’re going to genealogy lectures while we’re at sea.  I’m sure your spouse will be very bored.  Be sure to bring him or her a good book! :)

--Pat Oxley, Cruise Coordinator

The FGS 2015 Alaskan Cruise will offer a full genealogy conference during sea days that does not encroach on time to enjoy mainland excursions.  Register for the cruise at

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

FGS Seeks Editors for Digital Publication

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is seeking proposals for one-year contracts for a Managing Editor and an Associate Editor of a quarterly digital publication covering the calendar year of 2015 to begin immediately. With these requests for proposals, FGS wishes to revamp FGS FORUM magazine to a fully interactive digital publication.

The managing editor should have experience as an editor of a publication. The associate editor should have editorial and layout experience with a publication. Successful proposals must demonstrate both the prospective editor's qualifications and a plan and price for fulfilling the defined responsibilities.

View the full Request for Proposal for each position for responsibilities, requirements, and the submission process. 

Direct any questions to The deadline for proposals is March 31, 2015. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Here's What They're Saying About #FGS2015

The FGS 2015 conference is in the books. The joint FGS/RootsTech conference was billed as a one-time special event, and it certainly lived up to that.

With so much happening, it was impossible to get all of the FGS Ambassadors in attendance together at once, but several dropped by the FGS booth Thursday morning.

The FGS Ambassadors have done a great job of documenting the conferences as you can see from the list of links below. FGS thanks all of the FGS Ambassadors who helped promote the 2015 conference before, during, and after the event and looks forward to working with all of them again for FGS 2016.

Ancestry Insider: #RootsTech and #FGS2015 Opening Session; Friday the 13th at #RootsTech #FGS2015; Laura Bush and Daughter Jenna at #RootsTech/#FGS2015; #RootsTech #FGS2015 Keynote: We Are All Cousins;
Brick Wall Genealogist: Gone to Heaven: FGS/RootsTech 2015: ThursdayOn Top of the World! FGS/RootsTech 2015: FridayTipping My Hat to FGS/RootsTech 2015: Saturday;
Carolina Girl: My First Day at FGS 2015 ~ Learning, Socializing and Having Fun!FGS/Rootstech 2015 Day 2 ~ The Fun Continues; FGS/Rootstech 2015 Day 3 ~ It Just Keeps Getting Better!; DONNY!!! I Mean–Day 4 FGS/Rootstech 2015;
Donna's Irish Genealogy Resources: RootTech/FGS Roundup
Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter: Today's Report from the RootsTech and FGS Conferences; My Pictures from the RootsTech and FGS Conferences
Empty Branches on the Family Tree: Day 1 – Opening of FGS Conference 2015, Salt Lake City; Day 2 – Thursday Opening of FGS-RootsTech 2015; Day 3 – FGS-RootsTech 2015; Day 4 – Closing Day of FGS-RootsTech 2015; FGS-RootsTech 2015 – New Vendors; FGS RootsTech 2015 – New Vendors Part 2
Family Sleuther: RootsTech + FGS: 2015's Genealogical Extravaganza
familytreegirldotcom: The Aftermath of 2015 RootsTech/FGS, Salt Lake City
From Helen V Smith's Keyboard: Federation of Genealogical Societies: Society Day
Genea-Musings: Ten Takeaways from the FGS/RootsTech 2015 Conference; RootsTech 2015 and FGS 2015 Conference Blog Post Compendium; FGS/RootsTech 2015 Geneablogger After-Party Photos - Post 1; Post 2
Genealogy by Paula: Federation of Genealogical Societies/Rootstech joint conference notes
Genealogy Dragnet: FGS Focus on Societies Day Opening Session; FGS/RootsTech Conference – Day 1; Day 2; Day 3
GeneaSpy: FGS/RootsTech 2015: A Photo Recap; Day 1Day 2Day 3 (Part 1)Day 3 (Part 2)Day 3 (Part 3); Day 4 (Part 1)
(going) The Extra Yad: FGS Conference 2015: Day 1, opening session; FGS Conference, Day 1 – social life; FGS/RootsTech Conference 2015, Day 2 (beginning and ending); FGS/RootsTech Conference 2015, Day 3 – my conference in context; FGS/RoosTech Conference 2015, Day 4
Hanging from the Family Tree: FGS 2015 Day 1 – Society Day; FGS 2014 and FGS2015/RootsTech Reflections
Hollingsworth Robbins Family Tree: Sharing My Thoughts About FGS/RootsTech 2015 in Salt Lake City, February 10-15, 2015
In Search of ...?: Tuesday's Tips – FGS/RootsTech Very Strong Together;
No Story Too Small: Stories at FGS/RootsTech, or, Why I'm Not Brandishing a Pitchfork
One Rhode Island Family: A Lesson in Family History at the FGS Conference, 2015
Roots Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society: Wisdom Wednesday – Mecca Time!Follow Friday – It's Society Day; Tuesday's Tip – FGS/RootsTech 2015 OVERSociety Saturday – Roots Cellar SGS on Display
The Genealogy Search: And we're off! FGS is off to a great start; FGS Society Day; #FGS2015 End of day three FGS; #2015 FGS/Rootstech and 2016 FGS in Springfield Illinois
The Keough Corner: A Little Late – RootsTech/FGS: My Week In Review
The Turning of Generations: FGS/RootsTech 2015 – What I Learned on Thursday; What I Learned Friday – 2015 FGS/RootsTech; What I Learned Saturday at the FGS/RootsTech Conference
Tonia's Roots: FGS 2015 Session Highlights

Start making plans now to join FGS August 31–September 3, 2016 in Springfield, Illinois for FGS 2016 Time Travel, Centuries of Memories. If you are a speaker, the call for presentations is open until April 10, 2015.

EasyNetSites: Websites for Genealogy Societies

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Does your society have an online presence? Maybe your website is stagnant because no one knows how to update it? Are you still using a static site that's stuck in the 1990s?

Join guest Tom Ryder, founder of EasyNetSites, who explains how societies can use this platform to create and maintain a welcoming website for their organization. The company provides direct training for up to 3 people, so your society won't get stuck when the one person who knows how to maintain the website is no longer available to handle it.

With several "prefab" database modules, shopping cart (with PayPal integration), discussion forums, and built-in members only section, your website can be up and running in no time.

Listen to the archived broadcast of "EasyNetSites: Websites for Genealogy Societies" on the blogtalkradio My Society channel by FGS, or you can listen below:

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