Sunday, January 8, 2012

FGS Radio - FamilySearch Research Wiki and Your Genealogy Society

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Saturday, January 14, 2012
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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 Thomas MacEntee is entitled The FamilySearch Research Wiki and Your Genealogy Society. Our guest will be Lise Embley, of FamilySearch who will help us understand how the FamilySearch Research Wiki works and how it can help your genealogy society. In addition, we’ll be highlighting FGS member society, Fairfax Genealogical Society, Fairfax County, Virginia and speaking with their president, Lee James Irwin, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.

Guest: Lise Embley

Lise Embley has been a genealogy enthusiast since the day her grandfather presented her with a mimeographed listing of several generations of her ancestors. Since that day, she has been on a quest to fill in all the blanks. Before turning her attentions to raising a family, Lise worked in Silicon Valley designing and supporting technical solutions for an international sales force. She is the Illinois Moderator for the FamilySearch Wiki, Director of the Williamsburg (Virginia) Family History Center, an avid Indexing volunteer, foodie, and soccer mom. She recently accepted a position with FamilySearch in the Patron Services Division where she will be focused on building the FamilySearch wiki Community. She will be presenting the workshop “The FamilySearch Wiki as Social Media” at RootsTech 2012.


Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Fairfax Genealogical Society of Fairfax County, Virginia. The Fairfax Genealogical Society (FxGS) was established in 1974 as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons who are conducting genealogical research and aid those doing research in our area. We currently have over 400 members, including not only many who live in or near Fairfax County, but also many who are searching for information in our area. As set forth in the Society's by-laws, its purposes are:
  • To bring together persons who are conducting genealogical research and promote fellowship and cooperation among them.
  • To collect, preserve, and disseminate genealogical knowledge and information.
  • To stimulate and provide instruction in the use of proper genealogical research methodology and adherence to standards of accuracy and thoroughness in genealogical research.
  • To promote scholarly genealogical writing and publication.
  • To promote the preservation of records and resources of the area having genealogical research value.
  • To encourage an interest in genealogy as an aid to discovering a person's origin and role in life, and to encourage interest in preserving the family unit.
  • To encourage and provide support to research into methods of researching, organizing, indexing and retrieving, preserving and disseminating genealogical information and records.

Lee James Irwin

Lee James Irwin has been an FxGS member since about 2003. He has participated in the SIGs on Germany, Pennsylvania, and Genealogical Writing. He has been the SIG leader for NGS home study courses. He became President in 2009.

He grew up in Grand Rapids, MI, attended Oberlin College and served in Ethiopia as a Peace Corps volunteer before doing graduate work in American History at Syracuse University. He came to the capital area for a career in the Foreign Service from which he has retired.

Lee James is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Association and the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society. He volunteers at the National Archives as a genealogy aide. His research focuses on his Scots-Irish and German Mennonite roots in Pennsylvania.


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