Thursday, October 23, 2014

FGS 2014 Election Results

FGS 2014 Election Results via #genealogy #gensocs
FGS 2014 Election Results
D. Joshua Taylor Re-Elected President; New Board Members and Directors Include Melissa Tennant, Linda McCauley, and David E. Rencher

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today the results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions:

·       Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director
·       Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions:

·       Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration
·       Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary
·       David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director
·       Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Donny Osmond Joins FGS and RootsTech 2015

Donny Osmond - FGS/RootsTech 2015 General Session SpeakerSaturday, February 14, 2015
General Session

One of the biggest names from one of the most famous families will be part of one of the largest family history conference in the world. Donny Osmond will be joining FGS and RootsTech 2015 to inspire and entertain the thousands of conference attendees.

Donny has been singing and entertaining audiences for 50 years. He has starred on Broadway and in Las Vegas. He has sold millions of records. He has hosted a variety of TV shows. Now, he says, he’s anxious to share stories (and maybe a song) in a completely different venue. “I’m already looking forward to this exciting event,” Donny said. “Family and family stories are obviously very important to me. This is a chance to connect to something that is part of who I am.”

Donny will be releasing his 60th album just days before the conference. The album, “The Soundtrack of My Life” tells the story of his remarkable life. 

Most people associate Donny with a large family, but they might not realize the Osmonds are avid family historians. They have tracked down and visited cousins and relatives overseas. They support family research on ancestors in multiple countries. The Osmond Family Organization even maintains and updates its own genealogical database and website.

Donny will kick off the final day of FGS and RootsTech 2015. To reserve your ticket to see Donny Osmond register today for FGS 2015.

FGS 2015 is scheduled for February 11–14 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Records Preservation and Access Committee and Your Genealogy Society

October is National Family History Month and National Archives Month. In the spirit of giving both equal attention, let's talk about the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC).

RPAC's mission is to advise the genealogical community on ways to support "strong records preservation policies and practices" [archives] and ensure "proper access to historical records of genealogical value" [family history].

Teri Flack, Chair of FGS member society Texas State Genealogical Society's RPAC and the state liaison to the national RPAC, discusses the work that RPAC does, and how you and your society can help RPAC's mission on local, regional, and national levels.

If you're interested in getting involved individually or as a society, check out the downloadable publications for more information on ways to help. There are still many states that do not have liaisons, and it's a safe bet that existing state liaisons could use an extra hand or two.

Listen to the archived broadcast of "Records Preservation and Access Committee" on the blogtalkradio My Society channel by FGS, or you can listen below:

Check Out History Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with mysociety on BlogTalkRadio

Monday, October 20, 2014

Calling for FGS 2015 Conference Volunteers

Are you planning to attend the 2015 Conference February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah? Have you thought about volunteering to help

Volunteer at FGS 2015A conference can't run without volunteers. All those things we take for granted — from registration, to help finding a seat in a crowded session, to answers for all our logistical questions — happen because of volunteers.

For the 2015 conference, FGS needs volunteers for registration, hospitality/information desk, and monitors for session rooms, luncheons, and a social event.

Volunteering can save you money. FGS will refund volunteers a portion of their registration fee after the conference. To be eligible for a refund you must register for the full conference prior to January 23, 2015. The percentage of refund depends on the number of hours worked: 8 hours = 20%, 12 hours = 40%, and 16 hours = 65%.

For more information see the Call for FGS 2015 Conference Volunteers  and complete the Volunteer Form.

Need more incentive? Read what a couple of former volunteers have to say about their experience. 

Roberta Martin, a volunteer at past FGS conferences: "Volunteering at an FGS conference is a great way to get to meet people! My first two conferences I did not know anyone. Working as a volunteer gave me three things: an easy way to meet and interact with a lot of like-minded people, a sense of purpose, and a great way to give back. Try it, you'll like it!"

Marilyn Talbot, a volunteer at FGS 2014: "I enjoyed my first experience volunteering at FGS in San Antonio. I was a bit worried at first, but it was great fun. I helped with registration and hospitality, and would not hesitate to do it again. You meet so many interesting people."

Register and volunteer for FGS 2015 today.