Sunday, February 12, 2012

FGS Radio: Strategic Planning for Genealogical Societies

NOTE: This episode was originally scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2012 but due to technical issues, we were unable to broadcast.

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Saturday, February 18, 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 Drew Smith is entitled Strategic Planning for Genealogy Societies. Our guest will be Kenyatta D. Berry, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). Kenyatta will discuss APG’s recent strategic planning efforts and how similar efforts can benefit any and all genealogy societies.  In addition, we’ll be featuring FGS member society, Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.

Guest: Kenyatta D. Berry

Kenyatta D. Berry is the current president of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG). She is an experienced lawyer, genealogist, and researcher with proven analytical abilities, and excellent written and oral communication skills. She focuses on African-American and Virginia genealogical research. For the past two years, she has engaged in numerous family research projects for clients with European, Native American, and African-American ancestry. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

Kenyatta D. Berry will discuss the importance of treating your society as a business and will share an overview of the value of and process of performing a strategic planning review. She also will talk about the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society.

The dream of all "homeless" genealogy societies came true for the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society (SBCGS) in June 1998, when the family of Dr. Melville Sahyun, a local medical pioneer, donated his historic laboratory property to the SBCGS to be used as a non-circulating library for family history research.

In 1972, two women placed an ad in the Santa Barbara newspaper, looking for others searching for roots; the response was the origin of the SBCGS. Since then, the society had met in members' homes, a community center, a public library, and churches. The society's "library" began when members, willing to donate their books, kept the books in their homes and carried them to the meetings.

By early 1998, the SBCGS library had grown to more than 4,500 books and was housed on jury-rigged shelving in two rented rooms of about 600 sq. ft., along with a computer, photocopier, desk, microfiche reader, six filing cabinets, and an 8' reading table! The library was bursting at the seams; and the society, at 475 members, continued to grow.


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