Thursday, June 23, 2011

FGS Radio - Grants and Fundraising for Genealogy Societies

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Saturday, June 25, 2011
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies. This week host Thomas MacEntee will interview special guests Julie Hill from who’ll be discussing a grant program that is available to both individuals and genealogy societies and Ron Darrah from the Indiana Genealogical Society discussing IGS’s grants program.

Also, stay tuned for a special appearance by one of the speakers at the FGS 2011 Conference – Laura Prescott.


Julie Hill
Product Manager –

Julie Hill joined parent company Inflection in April 2008. She helped to launch and continues to hold a central role there as a Product Manager driving key product enhancements and public relations for the site. She is also the manager of the Grant Program, which has already awarded $6,000 dollars to fund family history and historical preservation projects in 2011. Julie is a Santa Clara University graduate, and has experience volunteering internationally with non-profit organizations.


Ron Darrah

Ron has been a genealogical researcher for 25+ years researching Darrah, O’Neill, Blanchard, Bowen, and Allen surnames. He is the Founding Executive Director, Genealogical Society of Marion County; Chair of the Indiana Genealogical Society affiliates (Society of Civil War Families of Indiana and Territorial Guard Society of Indiana); Genealogist-Registrar of the Clarence Cook Chapter, Indiana Society, Sons of the American Revolution; Fellow of the Indiana Genealogical Society; and Member, First Families of Ohio, Civil War Families of Ohio.

FGS 2011 Speaker of the Week

Each week up until the FGS 2011 Conference, look for a special appearance by a speaker during which time they'll discuss their presentations at the conference.

Laura Prescott

Laura G. Prescott is a professional researcher, writer, and speaker. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College in 1980, ultimately applying her degree a decade later to pursue a latent passion for genealogy. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, she has lived in New England for over thirty-five years. She worked for the New England Historic Genealogical Society for seven years before starting her own research business in 2005. Her company, Laura Prescott Research Services, LLC, promotes the highest standards in genealogical education and research.

Laura is the president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a consultant at, and genealogist for the Nickerson Family Association. She speaks at regional, national, and international conferences, and writes on a variety of genealogical and historical topics, including the use of manuscripts in genealogical research, genealogy on the Internet, genealogy for Mac users, and weaving history into genealogy. Her work has appeared in Ancestry, NGS NewsMagazine, Digital Genealogist, and New England Ancestors.

FGS 2011 Conference Appearances
  • Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 2:00-3:00pm
    How to Manage a Large Genealogy Database Project
    Focus on Societies: Projects
  • Thursday, September 8, 2011, 5:00-6:00pm
    Pioneer Women on the Midwestern Frontier
    In the Heartland
  • Saturday, September 10, 2011, 5:00-6:00pm
    Using Diaries and Journals to Add Personality to Your Research
    Writing and Sharing

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight will feature the Computer-Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois (CAGGNI) (

CAGGNI (The Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) is a group of amateur genealogists who are committed to using technology and the internet more effectively in support of their research activities.
Monthly meeting topics cover a broad range of subjects of interest in supporting genealogical activities including software, tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally, monthly newsletters, support for both computer and genealogy issues and Internet surname exposure are among the benefits of membership.

A variety of genealogy software packages are used by the membership. Popular software includes Family Tree Maker (FTM), public member trees, Genii, Reunion, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), and The Master Genealogist (TMG). We are also interested in personal websites, digital photography, handheld apps, and other ways to share our family histories.

For questions about the group, comments, and suggestions contact To report problems with the website contact

Join Us Each Saturday Afternoon at FGS Radio

Tune in to FGS Radio – My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

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