Thursday, April 10, 2014

FGS Call for Award Nominations

2013 Award of Merit given to Cynthia Grostick
Photo Credit: Jane Haldeman
Not only is the month of April National Volunteer Month, but this week is National Volunteer Week. Without volunteers genealogical societies could not possibly function without the efforts of those who "go that extra mile."

And in that spirit, FGS is excited to announce its call for award nominationsEach year, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) recognizes and thanks genealogical and historical organizations as well as individuals who make significant contributions to family history. The FGS awards program honors the award winners’ activities and products, highlights their efforts, and provides examples and ideas on how others can accomplish similar goals.

FGS awards are given to societies and members of societies for outstanding or notable service to the genealogical community. Other awards may be presented throughout the year and announced in FGS publications.

Do you know a person in your genealogical or historical society, library, or archives who has gone above and beyond to benefit the genealogical community on the local, state or national level? Is there a volunteer or group you feel needs special recognition? Has your society or another society produced a publication, done indexing, cleaned up a cemetery or spearheaded a worthy cause? Has your society's newsletter or website grown due to the efforts of specific people? Do you know a society or individual who has organized a fantastic effort to digitize records or advance an organization in today's world of technology?

The Federation invites you to nominate individuals or societies to receive these awards of recognition. You know the societies and the people that do the fantastic work. You know the activities and projects that an individual or society has successfully undertaken. These are the people, societies, and activities that FGS is looking for in order to recognize them and offer our gratitude with these awards.

Please consider those who you know for an FGS award. The deadline for submission of awards is June 15, 2014. FGS especially encourages its member societies to recognize their great volunteers. FGS Delegates should make their society boards aware of this opportunity.

Also, check the FGS awards page after May 1st to see some exciting additions to the lineup of FGS award categories.

For more information about the specific awards categories and a link to the awards nomination submission form, please visit:

Thank You,
Paula Stuart-Warren
FGS Director and Awards Committee Chair
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Successful 2014 Webinar Series Launch

We successfully launched our 2014 Webinar Series with Jen Baldwin's presentation, 

FGS Successful 2014 Webinar Series Launch
FGS Successful 2014 Webinar Series Launch
"Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate in Genealogy," on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Jen did an outstanding job of explaining how both individual researchers and genealogical societies can leverage the power of this popular social media platform for their genealogical pursuits

Jen also demonstrated how easy it is to use Twitter; showed additional add-on tools for Twitter; and gave examples of both individuals and societies successfully using Twitter for genealogy.

Along with this webinar, don't miss our informative War of 1812 Webinar Series with J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA, and Craig Scott, MA, CG. It is only available for viewing until April 27, 2014.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FGS 2014 Webinar Series Launches with Presentation on Twitter

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) will launch its 2014 Webinar Series with Jen Baldwin, host of #genchat on Twitter, presenting on the use of Twitter.

Date/Time: Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
Title: Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate in Genealogy
Presenter: Jen Baldwin

Twitter can be an incredible networking and educational tool for genealogists and societies. How do we make the best of it? Learn the why and how to start using Twitter to its fullest potential.

Click on this link to register for the webinar:
Genealogist, Jen Baldwin, is the owner of Ancestral Journeys, specializing in the Rocky Mountain Corridor. She writes for a variety of publications and blogs, speaks regionally on genealogy related topics, and is the co-creator (along with Terri O'Connell and Stephanie Pitcher Fishman) and co-host of #genchat on Twitter. She also is co-creator and Co-Chair of the NextGen Genealogy Network, a unique virtual society designed to engage the next generation of genealogists. You can connect with Jen via her website.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FGS Collaboration with #Genchat Spotlights Twitter

#GenChat - The Power of Community
As co-creator (along with Terri O'Connell and Stephanie Pitcher Fishman) and host of #genchat on Twitter, Jen Baldwin of Ancestral Journeys, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies, (FGS), are pleased to announce a collaboration for 2014. Based on her experience hosting the chats in 2013, Baldwin found that organizations, societies and archives can benefit greatly from the exposure on Twitter and other social media platforms. However, the refined topic matter and designated time frame of #genchat make it easier than ever to utilize this tool in the genealogy community.

The partnership, which is set to extend the duration of 2014, will include a complimentary webinar on how to use Twitter, a special session of #genchat live from the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, focused articles regarding the use of Twitter, and more.

Jen Baldwin states, “it is my belief that although some societies are struggling to adapt to new tools and resources, especially to the vibrant world of social media, they will eventually adapt. It is the role of those of us who are proficient in their use to engage our society leaders, to educate and prepare, and to guide them through any necessary change.” Furthermore, “#genchat really is an ideal concept for societies to gain attention and followers on Twitter. The conversational tone of the chats allows for free-flowing input and gives organizations a chance to showcase their collections and member benefits.”

Melissa Shimkus, FGS Education Chair, declares “The Federation of Genealogical Societies is excited to provide the tools that allow societies to continue to learn and grow; and believe that Jen Baldwin and #genchat are great partners in FGS’s mission to link the genealogical community.” FGS is pleased to announce that Jen Baldwin will be presenting the next FGS webinar, “Capturing the Community: Using Twitter to Connect, Engage and Educate in Genealogy,” on Monday, March 31st. More details on the upcoming webinar and what is to come in 2014 will be released soon.