Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Issue of FORUM is out: Female Ancestors: Discovering Their Stories, Form Strong Membership Bonds Using SIGs and Small Study Groups, & more!

The Fall 2016 issue of FORUM is out today. Download your copy and kick off family history month with ideas for your research and your society.

"Female Ancestors: Discovering Their Stories" by Melissa Barker challenges you to see your female ancestors in a different light and contemplate the records that can help you tell their stories and advance your research.

In "Form Strong Membership Bonds Using SIGs and Small Study Groups" Cari A. Taplin, CG, discusses the difference between special interest and study groups and how these kinds of groups can supplement your society's education programming and build membership.

Learn how easy it is to bring your genealogical society to your members  in "Up Periscope: Mobile Live Streaming for Your Society" by Elizabeth Swanay-O'Neal.

And that's not all. Take a peek inside.

Table of Contents

3 ...... From the Editor

6 ...... President's Message: Looking Ahead by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS

7 ...... Female Ancestors: Discovering Their Stories by Melissa Barker

11 ...... Form Strong Membership Bonds Using SIGs and Small Study Groups by Cari A. Taplin, CG

15 ...... A Look Back at FGS 2016 by Linda McCauley

19 ...... Up Periscope: Mobile Live Streaming for Your Society by Elizabeth Swanay-O'Neal

25 ...... Preserve the Pensions Project Fully Funded

27 ...... Ethics & Standards: Author: Unknown by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

30 ...... Next Generation: Always Look for the Newest Sources by Shannon Combs-Bennett

32 ...... Forensic Genealogy: Educational Opportunities for the Forensic Genealogist by Michael S. Ramage, JD, CG

34 ...... Beyond Boxes & Binders: How Do I Make My Stories Interesting? by Linda Coffin

36 ...... Records Preservation & Access: RPAC News, New Online Indexes & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

39 ...... Reviews

Check out the FGS 2017 conference flyer at the end of this issue!

How to access FORUM:

Current FGS Member Society Leadership: Sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on FGS FORUM – Latest Issue in the sidebar.) Don't forget to renew your membership in order for your society's leadership to continue to access FORUM and its archives.

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): sign-in now to start reading immediately or download it to read on your desktop or mobile device. (After signing in, click on Volume 28 No. 3 to read.)

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

Not already a subscriber? You can subscribe today to FGS FORUM.

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. Read more about how else FGS empowers Member Society Leaders to manage successful societies.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reserve Your FGS 2017 Hotel Room Now

FGS is pleased to announce that hotel reservations are now open for the 2017 Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Plans are in full-swing for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2017 National Conference – “Building Bridges to the Past.” The conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 30-September 2, 2017.

Hotel reservations open

Two Pittsburgh hotels are now taking reservations for the FGS 2017 conference. The Westin Convention Center and the Omni William Penn Hotel are offering reduced rates to FGS 2017 Conference attendees from Wednesday, August 23 to Friday, September 8 (subject to availability). Both hotels are conveniently located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Westin Convention Center (Main Conference Hotel)

1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: Hotel 412-281-3700; For reservations 866-716-8108
Conference Rates: $139 single & double / $149 triple / $159 quad
Reserve your room online: WestinFGS Reservation Page

The Westin is located across the street from the convention center.

Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: Hotel 412-281-3700; For reservations 866-716—8108
Conference Rates: $139 single & double / $149 triple / $159 quad
Reserve your room online: OmniFGS Reservation page

The Omni is located .6 miles from the convention center.

Full details can be found on the FGS website.

Reserve your hotel room today

Conference hotels fill up quickly, so it is not too early to make reservations.  We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Voting Is Now Open for the FGS 2016 Election

It's time to vote, FGS Delegates!

All FGS delegate and FGS member society representatives are eligible and encouraged to vote for the 2016 slate of FGS officers.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies has compiled another outstanding list of candidates for election to the FGS Board and Executive Committee:

After clicking on "Cast Your Vote" at the bottom of the list of nominees, you will be asked to log in with your society's username and password.

If you need any assistance in locating that information, please contact the FGS Office at

Voting will remain open until 30 September 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.

Awards Presented to Deserving Individuals & Organizations at FGS 2016 Conference

Awards Presented to Deserving Individuals & Organizations at FGS 2016 Conference via

We presented awards this morning at the FGS 2016 National Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” in Springfield, Illinois, to fellow genealogists and organizations who provide excellent work, assist other genealogists, and aid in the preservation of records.

Loretto (“Lou”) Szucs from Illinois was presented with the Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern Humanitarian Award for being a constant supporter and visionary for the genealogical community.

Judy Russell from New Jersey, also known as “The Legal Genealogist,” was presented with the Directors Award for her role as a leader within the genealogical community in helping to raise awareness and funds for the Preserve the Pensions project.

Mike Hall from Utah was presented with a Presidential Citation for his constant dedication and support of FGS’ Preserve the Pensions project.

Julie Cahill Tarr from Wisconsin was also presented with a Presidential Citation for enriching FORUM's readers with dynamic new content and resources as FGS FORUM editor.

John Fisher from Vermont was presented with the FGS Award of Merit in recognition of exemplary and outstanding service to FGS Member Society, the Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society.

Phyllis Snider from Illinois was presented an FGS Certificate of Appreciation for her tireless work in promoting genealogy for and with the Iliana Genealogical and Historical Society.
The FGS Technology Advances Award was presented to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki in recognition for their impact on the genealogy community with their promotion and education of genetic genealogy and their advocacy for education of genetics as a tool for genealogical research.

An FGS Technology Advances Award was also presented to JSTOR (Journal Storage) for their impact on the family history community by providing access to more than 2,300 digitized academic journals.

Eight individuals received the FGS Award of Merit in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work on the 2016 FGS Conference and are as follows:

  • Paul Milner
  • Teri Flack
  • Caroline Pointer
  • Ed Donakey
  • Julie Cahill Tarr
  • Jane Haldeman
  • Cindy Foreman
  • Laura Kovarik

Additionally, sixteen individuals received a Certificate of Appreciation to express FGS’ thanks for work performed for the 2016 FGS conference in an outstanding manner and are as follows:
  • Diane Gagel
  • David McDonald
  • Jane Van Tour
  • Joan Kitchen Murray
  • Sara Taylor
  • Jackie Lyell
  • Dawn Carey Henry
  • Linda McCauley
  • Rollie Littlewood
  • Stephanie Carbonetti
  • Pat Rand
  • Shellee Morehead
  • Lynda Keenan
  • Howard Manthei
  • Angela McGee
  • Donna Hartwig

“Congratulations to all FGS Award winners,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “Thank you for your service and creativity. Each worthy recipient is representative of the tremendous accomplishments made in the genealogical industry.”
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