Thursday, March 1, 2012

FGS Radio: Technology & Marketing Workshop for Genealogy Societies

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Saturday, March 3, 2012
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’s episode hosted by Thomas MacEntee is entitled Technology & Marketing Workshop for Genealogy Societies.

This is your opportunity to ask your questions about the latest in technology and marketing for your genealogy society with expert Thomas MacEntee. Call in at +1 (619) 638-8565 or email your questions ahead of time to or join us in the online chat room during the show. Afterwards, we’ll post a list of resources discussed during the show over at the FGS Voice website (

In addition, we’ll be featuring FGS member society, Delaware Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.

Guest: Thomas MacEntee

When he’s not busy writing blog posts, organizing the 2000+ members of GeneaBloggers (, teaching online genealogy webinars and more, Thomas MacEntee is busy in his role as “genealogy ninja.” Stealth is not easy for a Lane Bryant-sized guy like Thomas but he manages to get the inside track on emerging technologies and vendors as they relate to the genealogy industry. After being laid off from a 25-year career in the tech industry in 2008, Thomas has been able to “repurpose” his skill set for the genealogy community and loves to see other genealogists succeed, whether it is with their own research or building their own careers in the field. You can reach Thomas at or visit his site at High-Definition Genealogy –


Society Spotlight

This week's Society Spotlight features the Delaware Genealogical Society.

The DGS is a nonprofit volunteer organization which encourages and supports genealogical research. Our primary focus is on Delaware ancestry, but we also provide general educational programs and assist members with all their family research.

The Delaware Genealogical Society was founded in 1977 with about 40 charter members. We now have over 450 members.

We volunteer time and spend dues money on our projects to improve access to genealogical information about the people of Delaware and surrounding counties.
  • Delaware Families 1787-1800: A DGS committee has been working for a decade to collect, review, edit, and organize genealogical data for the families that lived in Delaware during its founding as a state. By 2010 the committee had received genealogical information on over 2,700 "focus" people (adult residents noted in Delaware records between 1787 and 1800). We hope to have the first volume ready to publish soon (by 2012).
  • Delaware Tax Records during 1787-1800: This will support the Delaware Families 1787-1800 project since anyone who was on a tax list during 1787-1800 was an adult residing in Delaware then. We are now actively developing a large searchable database from the over 100 lists already transcribed.
  • Delaware Orphans Court Records: We are making CDs which contain all the original images (as pdf files) scanned from the microfilm plus a database of the key information in each entry and also an every name alphabetical index. By placing all this information on one CD, the researcher can electronically search the index to find the role a given individual played in the Orphans' Court proceeding, then go to the image of the original Orphans' Court book to ensure the reliability of the abstract. The complete indexes include relationship to the decedent or principal involved; dates; page numbers; property location; reason for the case; and additional comments that should be helpful to the researcher.
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