Wednesday, December 7, 2011

FGS Radio - SWAT: Analyzing Your Society from the Inside Out

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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’s episode hosted by Josh Taylor is entitled SWAT: Analyzing Your Society from the Inside Out. Our guest will be Janet Hovorka, President of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA), who will discuss how UGA was able to analyze its strengths and weaknesses as an organization and then create an ambitious plan to expand its member services as well as offerings to the genealogical community. In addition, we’ll be highlighting FGS member society, Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island (Washington) in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.


Guest: Janet Hovorka

Janet Hovorka received a B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern History and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from BYU. She accepted teaching and library positions at BYU and Salt Lake Community College before having her three wonderful children. She and her husband Kim Hovorka own Family Chartmasters (, an online genealogy chart printing service. Janet writes The Chart Chick blog (, she is currently serving as President of the Utah Genealogical Association and has presented hundreds of lectures all over the country to help people find out more about their family’s history.

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island (Washington).

The South Whidbey Island Genealogy Club was formed by Mrs. Bonnie Sears, with the first meeting held May 9, 1994. The membership grew and in June 1999 the club became an incorporated, nonprofit society. The name was then changed to the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island. Our membership now boasts more than 100 members, a statement on the popularity of genealogy here.

In recognition of her contribution in forming The South Whidbey Genealogy Club, the Board voted to award Bonnie Sears Honored Lifetime Membership in the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island.

Our Mission

The society is devoted exclusively to furthering genealogical research, promoting interest in family history and preserving records.

Our Research

We have more than 100 members researching more than 875 unique surnames. Members' research currently involves about 51 states or provinces and 19 countries. See our research for details.


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