Monday, December 9, 2013

2014 Membership Dues Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the dues for your organization’s 2014 membership in the Federation of Genealogists are due by January 1, 2014. Membership is open to genealogical societies, historical societies, family associations, libraries and archives, educational institutions, and genealogical vendors. We don’t accept individual memberships. You can learn all about the wide range of membership benefits and the dues rates at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=65.

Please check with your organization’s treasurer and officers to make sure they’ve already paid the 2014 dues. New memberships are welcome too! If the 2014 dues haven’t yet been paid, FGS offers two ways of payment. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards through our secure website. We also accept checks. Both of these options are available at http://www.fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=65.

FGS provides an excellent set of membership benefits, including access to money saving partner benefits, online publicity for your society in Society Hall and in the FGS Calendar of Events, free reviews of your society’s bylaws, newsletter, and website, a wiki filled with great advice for growing and strengthening your society, and much more. And the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) helps insure that your voice is represented in maintaining open access to genealogical records. We’re planning additional benefits to be announced in 2014. You don’t want to miss out on any of the services and benefits offered by FGS! Please visit the FGS website, and send any questions you may have to membership@fgs.org

We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you soon and having your organization as a member of the FGS Family. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dell Black Friday Deals via Federation of Genealogical Societies


Did you know that as a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) or even as a friend and supporter of FGS, you can get a jump start on your Black Friday shopping? That’s right, a jump start!

How To Access the Dell/FGS Member Purchase Program

Remember, you don’t need to be a member of FGS to take advantage of this offer! Make sure you share the info with your friends and family since every purchase will help FGS provide programming to its members and the genealogy community!
  • BEFORE Black Friday, visit http://Dell.com/mpp/FGS and use Member ID: SS131372490. Become familiar with the site, set up a free account, add your payment information etc.
  • Visit the site on Thursday 21 November 2013 to get your head start on the crowds! Starting at 7:00 am EST, you can take advantage of sales a FULL WEEK ahead of the other Dell shoppers. Set a reminder on your calendar and you’ll shop for Dell tablets and laptops as well as televisions from LG, Samsung and more!
There are door busters scheduled for Thursday, 28 November 2013 starting at 6:00 pm EST and then Cyber Monday magic starting at 8:00 am EST on Monday, 2 December 2013! Also, you can call Dell at 1-800-695-8133 and use the same information to place your order.

To learn more about the Dell Member Purchase Program that benefits the Federation of Genealogical Societies, click here.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FGS Call for Volunteers - Great Opportunities Available


Ready for your next adventure involving genealogy and family history? Looking for ways to get more involved with the genealogy community? Put your current skills to use and develop new skills by joining the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) management team.

A national genealogy society doesn’t run itself nor can it provide a meaningful membership experience without the help of its volunteers. FGS is currently looking for individuals to assist with upcoming projects and activities; these run the gamut from managing national conferences and events to providing benefits to FGS member-societies. FGS delivers key resources to genealogical societies within the United States and we need your help to make this happen.

A variety of skill sets are needed, including:

  • Preserve the Pensions: Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas to help spread the word about preserving the pensions of the soldiers from the War of 1812. Skills needed include writing articles for publications and blogs, contacting societies, suggestions for advertising, using social media, and promoting the project.
  • Outreach: Work to form partnerships and relationships with people and organizations outside of the family history community; build community ties to local history and genealogical societies (e.g., librarians, archivists, historians, etc.).
  • Education: Assist in producing and planning the FGS My Society radio show; help manage the FGS Wiki, webinars, and other online educational platforms.
  • Membership: Interact with FGS members to help create and implement membership benefits; work with current and help develop new membership acquisition and renewal plans.
  • Administration and Office: Assist with general FGS operations on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis including managing e-mails, website management, and other key roles.

E-mail volunteers@fgs.org and provide your contact information, a brief bio and list of skills, and please identify which volunteer opportunities you feel are best suited to your skills.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Office Assistant-Part Time (Round Rock, Greater Austin area)


The Federation of Genealogical Societies, a non-profit organization, is looking for office support in the greater Austin area. FGS is looking for self-motivated professional with great work ethic for a support staff position. This position is an independent contract position beginning 1 January 2014. While workload will shift from month to month, it is estimated that the contract will require 5-7 hours a week with heavier workloads during January, February, June, July, August and November.

Duties to include:

  • Handling society mail- collect, open, sort, scan and forward appropriately
  • Making bank deposits
  • Updating excel files
  • Answering phones (limited)
  • Sending and answering e-mail
  • Other projects as directed

Requirements:

  • Ability to follow directions and attention to detail
  • MS office software (Word, Excel and outlook)
  • Reliable, honest, trustworthy
  • Home internet access

Contract position is available now. Please send resume to: administration@fgs.org.

Compensation: $500 a month - Contract for first 3 months with an option to extend to full year upon evaluation. This is a contract position.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FGS Announces Three-part Webinar Series on Genealogy Society Membership and Communication


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) welcomes George G. Morgan, President of Aha! Seminars, Inc. and VP of Membership for FGS, as he presents a three-part webinar series on genealogy society membership and communication.
  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EDT
    The Shape of the 21st Century Genealogical Society
    We've come a long way as genealogical and historical societies. New technologies such as blogs, print-on-demand publishing, Facebook, Twitter, mobile phone apps, podcasts, webinars, and others have drastically changed what we can do for our societies. This session discusses how the modern society can provide a rich experience for its members and get its message out to the world.
    Click on the link to register for the webinar:
    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/409683718
  • Monday, November 4, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
    Harness the Power of Email in Your Society
    Email is a powerful tool that, within your society, can build excitement and encourage member participation. Learn the types of email communications that capture attention. Create a professional presence for your organization. Discover strategies for effectively using and managing email. Uncover ways to publicize who you are and what you offer. Attract and keep members!
    Click on the link to register for the webinar:
    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/421955302
  • Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:00-9:00 pm EST
    How to Develop and Implement Affordable Membership Benefits
    Genealogical and historical societies are struggling to attract and retain members while striving to stay solvent. It is essential to offer tangible benefits year-round. This session discusses best practices that can be put in place to provide affordable benefits to members.
    Click on the link to register for the webinar:
    https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/111785582
George G. Morgan is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and an internationally recognized genealogy expert who presents at conferences and on genealogical cruises around the world.

George is the prolific author of hundreds of articles for magazines, journals, newsletters, in genealogical publications, and at online sites internationally. The third edition of his bestselling tenth book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, was published in 2012. He and Drew Smith have co-authored a new book, Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques, that was published by McGraw-Hill in August 2013 and leads the genealogy sales charts at Amazon.com.

He has been the Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies for the past four years, and has been an officer for many other genealogical and professional organizations. He is a member of the APG, ISBGFH, and other societies in the U.S. and the U.K.

He is co-host with Drew Smith of The Genealogy GuysSM  Podcast, the longest running genealogical podcast, with thousands of listeners around the globe.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dell Member Purchase Program Benefit for FGS Members and Friends



As first announced at the FGS 2013 Conference last month, the Federation of Genealogical Societies announced a new member benefit: discounts on technology purchases through the Dell Member Purchase Program.

Simply visit the Dell website at http://www.dell.com/mpp/FGS or call 1 (800) 695-8133 and start shopping! You'll need this ID once you are ready to purchase: SS131372490.

You'll find amazing discounts on more than just laptop, tables and desktop computers. You can shop for printers, cameras, smartphones and even televisions with big savings! You'll find Dell brands as well as Samsung, Nikon, Canon, Microsoft, and more.

Visit the Dell site today and look for exclusive deals just for FGS members and friends. And as a member of the Dell Purchase Program you always save an extra 5% on all Dell brand electronics and accessories.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Reserve Your FGS 2014 Hotel Room Now!



You can now make your reservations at the Marriott Riverwalk for the FGS 2014 Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held 27-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

AFTER September 15th you can reserve directly with the hotel at (210) 224-4555 and mention FGS. (We realize that the wrong area code is printed in our four page brochure – be sure to use area code 210.)

A quicker way to reserve is through their electronic system at the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/g/20192270 which is also posted This link is also posted on our website. The room block for FGS is from 20 August – 5 September, 2014.

Reserve your room now since demand will be high for rooms at the host hotel and we expect to sell out. We’ll see you in San Antonio!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Recap: Important News Items from FGS 2013


You may have missed some of these news stories coming out of the successful FGS 2013 conference held in Fort Wayne, Indiana last week. Over the next few weeks FGS Voice will provide additional information on many of these items - stay tuned!

  • FGS 2014: The next FGS conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas 27-30 August 2014. Make your hotel reservations now! The FGS Conference website and the FGS Conference Blog will be updated with 2014 information in the next few weeks.
  • FGS 2015: For 2015, FGS will hold its national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in tandem with RootsTech. This was a huge announcement and has generated quite a few questions as to logistics and future FGS conferences. Check back at FGS Voice to learn all the details so you can plan your FGS conference activities!
  • RootsTech 2014 Discount: RootsTech is offering an exclusive discount for FGS members! Take an additional $20 off the Early Bird Discount price by using code RT14EXCLSV during registration. The discount code expires 9 September 2013, so don't miss out!
  • Call for Volunteers: FGS is looking for energetic and committed volunteers willing to donate their time in skills. Look for a listing of specific projects and committees where help is needed.
  • Dell Discount: FGS has negotiated a unique member benefit with Dell when purchasing a variety of items including computers, televisions and accessories. Dell is also the new sponsor of the FGS Youth Award.
  • Preserve the Pensions: More than $20,000 was raised at the FGS 2013 Conference to help preserve and digitize the War of 1812 pension files. Preserve the Pensions will announce a new matching program for member genealogy societies in the coming weeks.
  • FGS Awards: Several awards were given out at the FGS 2013 Conference and a complete list will appear here at FGS Voice soon.

FGS 2013 Society Showcase Live Door Prize Winners


On Thursday, 22 August 2013, a very successful Society Showcase LIVE! event was held during the FGS 2013 Conference. Here is a list of door prize winners from member societies who participated in Society Showcase:
  • California Genealogical Society
    One-year full membership (includes two issues of their periodical, The California Nugget), and their signature publication, Raking the Ashes, Genealogical Strategies for Pre-1906 San Francisco Research, by Nancy Peterson.
    Winner: Patricia Coleman, Alabama
  • Dallas Genealogical Society
    Autographed copy of Lloyd Bockstruck's new book The Name Is the Game: Onomatology and the Genealogist, a copy of the newly launched Pegasus, Journal of the DGS; and a bag of flavored nuts from Austinuts, all in a very sturdy canvas tote with the Dallas Genealogical Society logo.
    Winner: Kathryn Walter, Illinois
  • Genealogical Society of Kendall Co.
    Certificate for admission to our spring seminar with speaker Josh Taylor on 1 February 2014 in Boerne, Texas. AND our most recent book, Family History Cookbook, a Genealogical Society of Kendall County cookbook which has families' histories and early recipes.
    Winner: Ann Flora
  • Hamilton Co. Genealogical Society of Ohio
    One of their newer books (Index of Deaths, Marriages, and other Notices in the Cincinnati Enquirer 1818 – 1869) and a 1-year complimentary membership to the chapter.
    Winner: F. Timmerman, Michigan and Chris Gibbs, Ohio
  • Massachusetts Genealogical Council
    Massachusetts-themed gift basket with a free 1 year-membership in MGC, War of 1812 DVDs, lobster bibs, Boston Strong magnet, framed antique postcard of Pilgrims, USS Constitution paperweight, Necco wafers, Duncan Donuts coffee, and more!
    Winner: Darlene Moegerle, Indiana
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
    Registration and lunch to the October 26 MGC Fall Seminar featuring Lou Szucs at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. A gift basket of Michigan made goodies.
    Winner: Constance Olson, Michigan
  • Minnesota Genealogical Society
    1-year membership and our cookbook
    Cookbook winner: Ree Hopper, New Jersey
    Membership winner: Valerie Lair, Minnesota
  • Ohio Genealogical Society
    Gift basket with goodies (chocolate and wine) from Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center where they'll be holding their 2014 conference.
    Winner: Nancy Evans, Iowa
  • Palatines to America
    CD: The Ancestor Chart–Master Index to Volumes 1-18.
    Winner: Leanne Newman, Wisconsin
  • St. Clair Co. Genealogical Society
    St Clair Co Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide (133 pp), and Methodist Church Records of Belleville, Illinois 1840 –1998 (354 pp).
    Winner: Vicki Wright, South Carolina
Photo: Courtesy of California Genealogical Society and Library

Thursday, August 22, 2013

RootsTech 2014: Exclusive Registration Discount


You're invited to attend the fourth annual RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference, February 5-8, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This global event offers a unique opportunity to discover and share your family stories and connections through technology. Whether you're just beginning your family tree, an avid hobbyist, or an experienced researcher, RootsTech has something for everyone!

Exclusive Registration Discount

FGS societies and their members can receive an additional discount off the early bird price.

Get a Full Access 4-day pass for just $139 (a total savings of $100!) when you use the discount code RT14EXCLSV during registration. The discount code expires September 9, 2013, so don't miss out!

What will you experience at RootsTech?

RootsTech 2014 will be held in the east wing of the Salt Palace Convention Center with bigger classrooms, larger event space, and easier access throughout the venue! Here are a few things to look forward:

  • Classes and Computer Labs - Choose from over 200 classes and computer labs taught by knowledgeable experts and enthusiasts in family history.
  • Expo Hall - The RootsTech expo hall is growing - 20% bigger than last year - with over 100 informative vendors and interactive booths.
  • Evening Events - Thursday's Opening Social features dessert and entertainment from the a cappella group, Vocal Point. And Friday offers attendees extended hours at the world-famous Family History Library.

Now the largest family history event in North America, RootsTech is the perfect conference for anyone interested in connecting generations - past, present, and future!

Learn more and register at rootstech.org.

RootsTech 2014 Pass Options


Host Hotel Reservations Now Available for FGS 2014

Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the availability of room reservations at the host hotel for the FGS 2014 Conference, “Gone to Texas,” to be held 27-30 August 2014, in San Antonio, Texas.

All attendees are encouraged to make reservations at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter/Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas using this link: https://aws.passkey.com/g/20192270. Reserve your room now since demand will be high for rooms at the host hotel and we expect to sell out. We’ll see you in San Antonio!

Federation of Genealogical Societies Announces 2015 Conference


FGS and RootsTech Events To Be Held In Tandem
February 12-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City

22 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced today that its 2015 National Conference will be held February 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch. RootsTech is held each February in Salt Lake City and helps thousands of attendees from around the world discover and share family connections, stories, and history.

With the Salt Palace Convention Center as the common venue, both FamilySearch and FGS are committed to producing a one-of-a-kind genealogy event addressing the educational needs of the family history, technology and genealogical society communities. As the logistics of this sizeable event are still being worked out, both FGS and FamilySearch will work together to share resources and provide cost benefits for all parties, including attendees and exhibitors. Attendees can expect to see familiar elements of previous FGS and RootsTech events including keynote presentations, a Society Showcase and Expo Hall.

Registration for both events will begin in August 2014, six months prior to the February 2015 dates. FGS will also hold a smaller national event for its members in late 2015, with details to be announced at a later date.

FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, “FamilySearch has been a valued partner and sponsor for FGS during its past conferences. It only makes sense for both organizations to work together and produce what will be the most talked about genealogy events of 2015.” Taylor added that such an event brings the best of RootsTech and FGS conferences together under one roof and will offer genealogists and family historians a wide array of activities and educational opportunities.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FGS Announces New Mobile App

Provides Access to FGS Services and FGS 2013 Conference App

Federation of Genealogical Societies Mobile App

August 20, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces its new mobile application available for FREE for iOS and Android devices. A major feature is the FGS 2013 Conference app for the upcoming FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, 2013.

With the updated FGS App, resources and services such as FGS FORUM, Voice and Society Hall are now available to a wider audience. The FGS App is the perfect way to stay current with all the events and offerings at FGS. Whether you want to read news at the Voice, look up fellow FGS members in Society Hall or learn about the Preserve the Pensions project, the FGS App allows you to do all of that in one program.

According to D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, “FGS is proud to release our mobile app for year-round use. With links to FORUM, Society Hall, RPAC, and current conference activities the app will easily become the first stop for the modern-genealogist in learning about FGS and our member societies.”

Accessing the FGS App

The best way to access the correct version of the FGS App for your device is to scan the QR code below.



Windows 7 and Blackberry users can access the FGS App content through their mobile browser via https://www.fgsconference.org/app/.


Monday, August 19, 2013

FGS 2013: Ancestry.com Giveaway To Benefit Preserve the Pensions


If you are attending FGS 2013 in Ft. Wayne this week, please stop by the FGS booth in the Exhibit Hall starting on Thursday, August 22, 2013 to make a donation to be eligible to win one of these great prize packages sponsored by Ancestry.com. Ancestry is a Platinum Sponsor for the FGS 2013 conference and all proceeds go to benefit the Preserve the Pensions project.

Ancestry.com Gift Bag 1:

  • Canvas tablet bag with Ancestry logo (approximately $25 value)
  • 1 DNA kit ( approximately $99 value)
  • 1-year Newspapers.com subscription (approximately $79.95 value)
  • 1-year fold3 subscription (approximately $79.95 value)
  • Along with Ancestry stylus pen, flash drive, mouse pad, frame and luggage tags.

Ancestry.com Gift Bag 2:

  • Canvas laptop bag (approximately $35 value)
  • 1-year annual subscription to Ancestry.com World Explorer (approximately $299 value)
  • Along with Ancestry stylus pen, flash drive, mouse pad, frame and luggage tag.

Donations can may be made at the FGS booth in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday and Friday to be eligible for these prizes. The winners will be announced Friday evening, August 23, 2013, at the Allen County Library Social Event (donors do not need to be present in order to win).

Thursday, August 15, 2013

FGS 2014 Conference Donation Package To Benefit Preserve the Pensions Project


Over $1000 Prize Package To Be Awarded at FGS 2013 Conference

15 August 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference Committee announces an exciting fundraising effort to benefit the Preserve the Pensions project: the 2014 Conference Donation Package. This amazing prize package consists of the following items:
  • One (1) full conference registration for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014.
  • Four (4) nights at the Marriott River Walk Hotel (during the FGS 2014 Conference), donated by the Marriott Hotel San Antonio.
  • Riders On the Orphan Train by Alison Moore (FGS 2014 keynote speaker).
  • Rider On the Orphan Train Music CD by Alison Moore and Phil Lancaster (FGS 2014 keynote speakers).
  • First Families of Texas, donated by the Texas State Genealogical Society.
  • Our Heritage Recipes, donated by the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society.
  • Texas water bottle and mug, Texas salsa and barbecue sauce, tortilla warmer, stone mortar and pestle, and San Antonio Classic Dessert cookbook all in a San Antonio bag donated by the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The total value of this package is approximately $1,000. Attendees at the upcoming FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana can enter the drawing by making any of the following donations:
  • 1 ticket - $5 donation
  • 5 tickets - $20 donation
  • 12 tickets - $50 donation
  • 25 tickets - $100 donation
  • 55 tickets - $250 donation
  • 110 tickets - $500 donation
  • 225 tickets - $1000 donation
Donations may be made at the FGS booth in the Exhibit Hall. The FGS 2014 Donation Package winner will be announced Friday evening, August 23, 2013, at the Allen County Library Social Event (donors do not need to be present in order to win).

Friday, August 9, 2013

FGS Webinar Recording Now Available - Researching in the Post War Records of 1812


The recording of this past Tuesday's webinar Researching in the Post War Records of 1812 presented by Craig Scott, MA, CG is now available to the public. Click here to view the recording or use the embedded version below.

Researching in the Post War Records of 1812



Description: This lecture will focus on the records created by the War Department after the War. It will include compiled military service records, pensions and pension payments.

Presenter: Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 4,900 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the Coordinator of the Advanced Military Track at IGHR and SLIG.

FGS 2013 Online Registration Ends in One Week


If you haven’t registered for the FGS 2013 Conference yet, you still have time to register online, by mail or at the door. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Friday, August 9. Online registration ends on Wednesday, August 14th. Pre-registering for the conference gives you access to some great benefits.

And don't forget, if you have already registered for the conference, you still have time to get your tickets to the conference "extras."

Only attendees who preregister for the conference can:
  • Access the conference syllabus online prior to the conference.
  • Guarantee a spot in the "extra" conference events (on-site tickets may be available to events if they have not sold out):
  • 10 luncheons over the 4 conference days.
  • 5 workshops over 3 days. There is still room in the Researching African Americans in University Libraries workshop. We have also added extra spaces and still have a few seats left Researching Midwestern American Indians and Using Griffith’s Valuation to Identify Your Ancestors' Origins. The other workshops are sold out.
  • FGS Opening Social on Wednesday, August 21
  • Friday Night at ACPL on August 23 with all proceeds going to the Preserve the Pensions Fund!
  • Sunday Farewell Brunch with lots of door prizes.
  • Register for a FREE genealogy consultation on Tuesday, August 20. You must sign up for a consultation in advance. See https://www.fgsconference.org/activities/ for details.
You can also purchase extra tickets (except for workshops) for your non-genealogy spouses or friends who traveled with you to the conference.

Visit https://www.fgsconference.org/registration/ to register or add "extras" today. We hope to see you in Fort Wayne, August 21-24.

Learn More and Stay Connected
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Friday, July 19, 2013

FGS Announces New Board Appointments


Kirk Woosley Patton and McKelden Smith Named Directors

19 July 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the recent appointment of Kirk Woosley Patton and McKelden Smith to its Board of Directors.

  • Kirk Woosley Patton of Fincastle Ancestry Research is a Kentucky native, born and reared in the horse farm country of the state’s central region. He is descended from at least seven generations of Kentuckians, who migrated to the Bluegrass State in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Kirk is an attorney, having graduated from the University Of Kentucky College Of Law in 1993. Prior to law school, he earned his bachelor’s degree studying Kentucky and early United States history and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa for his undergraduate work. Kirk practiced law in his native state for eighteen years before moving to Colorado in 2011, at which time he combined his love for history and the law to become a professional genealogist. Kirk currently is chair of the FGS Bylaws Committee and is president of the Castle Rock Colorado Genealogical Society. He is an active member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and its chapters in Kentucky and Colorado. Kirk is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.


  • McKelden Smith became president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2009. He is a director of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New York; a trustee of Boscobel Restoration, Inc. in Garrison, New York; a director of the New Canaan (CT) Preservation Alliance; and founding member of the New Canaan Shred Dogs. McKelden is the author of Great Estates of the Hudson River Valley (1998), Matisse & Chagall at the Union Church of Pocantico Hills (1999) and the forthcoming William & Sarah McKelden, Immigrants from County Monaghan, Ireland and Five Generations of their Descendants. McKelden has a BA from Williams College and an MBA from Columbia University. His business background includes advertising, marketing, and museum management.

D. Joshua Taylor, President of FGS states, “The Federation brings together so many talented individuals . . . I am delighted to have Kirk and McKelden join the FGS Board.”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

FGS Webinar Recording Now Available - Discovering Local & State Militia Records


The recording of this past Tuesday's webinar Discovering Local & State Militia Records
presented by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA is now available to the public. Click here to view the recording or use the embedded version below.

Upcoming Webinar - Researching in the Post War Records of 1812

Don't forget to sign up for our next webinar, Researching in the Post War Records of 1812, presented by Craig Scott, MA, CG, on Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central. Click here to register. This lecture will focus on the records created by the War Department after the War. It will include compiled military service records, pensions and pension payments.


Discovering Local & State Militia Records


Description: Take a closer look at the wide variety of records documenting our local militia companies. From annual muster to supplies and appointment of Officers, learn how these records may be used in your family research. Learn more about the military organization of citizens called for the purpose of local defense, who served this country from the Revolution through 1812 and on to the development of the National Guard.

Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA a full-time professional researcher & educator, formerly APG President and FGS officer. You will find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography’s uneXplained. With his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.

Monday, July 15, 2013

FGS Radio: FGS Conference Highlights


Click here to create a reminder to listen to FGS Radio:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mysociety/2013/07/20/fgs-2013-conference-highlights

Saturday, July 20, 2013
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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

FGS 2013 - A Special Genealogy Conference You Won't Want To Miss!


It's getting closer! The 2013 FGS conference takes place in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21-24 with pre-conference activities on August 20th and a Farewell Brunch on August 25th. Fort Wayne is the home of the renowned Genealogy Center which is giving us generous extended research hours during the conference.
  • Of course, you may still register online or by regular mail for the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne!
  • Register soon so that in early August you gain access to the online conference syllabus with an expanded subject index.
  • We tweaked room arrangements and have ample room for more people to sign up for the luncheons that take place each day.
  • Rooms are available at the two added hotels. They will run periodic shuttles to the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Fort Wayne has thousands of hotel rooms so there is space for all of us.
  • Ample parking is available near the convention center.
  • Don't forget about the wonderful quilt that will be awarded during the Friday evening festivities at the Allen County Public Library. That's an evening to benefit the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project with lots of fun activities. A dessert buffet will be sponsored by FamilySearch.
If you have registered for that evening, you get access to the Genealogy Center from 6:00 p.m. till Midnight!

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We hope you join us for this great educational and fun week.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FGS Announces Two Free Genealogy Webinars


The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces two new webinars focusing on the use of military records in genealogical research.  These webinars are FREE and open to the public!

  • Discovering Local & State Militia Records
    Presenter: J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
    Date: Tuesday, 16 July 2013, 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central
    Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/934226718

    Take a closer look at the wide variety of records documenting our local militia companies. From annual muster to supplies and appointment of Officers, learn how these records may be used in your family research. Learn more about the military organization of citizens called for the purpose of local defense, who served this country from the Revolution through 1812 and on to the development of the National Guard.

    J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA a full-time professional researcher & educator, formerly APG President and FGS officer. You will find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography’s uneXplained. With his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.

  • Researching in the Post War Records of 1812
    Presenter: Craig Scott, MA, CG
    Date: Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 8pm Eastern / 7pm Central
    Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/663333166

    This lecture will focus on the records created by the War Department after the War. It will include compiled military service records, pensions and pension payments.

    Craig Roberts Scott, MA, CG is the President and CEO of Heritage Books, Inc., a genealogical publishing firm with over 4,900 titles in print. A professional genealogical and historical researcher for more than twenty-eight years, he specializes in the records of the National Archives, especially those that relate to the military. He is the Coordinator of the Advanced Military Track at IGHR and SLIG.

Image: Survivors of The War of 1812, 23 October 1861 via MediaWiki Commons.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

FGS Radio: Genealogy Outreach: Middle Schools


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Saturday, June 29, 2013
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

FGS Radio: Getting the Next Generation Involved with Genealogy


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Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 FGS Conference Early Bird Registration Ends July 1


“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

June 10, 2013 – Austin, TX. Discounted early-bird registration for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference will continue only until July 1. Early registrants receive a $50 discount for the full four days, or a $20 discount for any single day. Details at http://www.fgsconference.org.

The conference will be held 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI). Platinum sponsors are FamilySearch, FindMyPast.com and Ancestry.com.

The conference offers opportunities for all who are interested in researching their family history, with over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists at all levels. The exhibit hall features over 70 vendors offering a wide range of genealogical products and is open and free to the public.

Luncheons, workshops and special events provide additional opportunities for networking and learning. Make sure the get your tickets to these conference “extras” early to guarantee your spot.

See you in Fort Wayne in August!

Learn More and Stay Connected


About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

ISFHWE Leadership for 2013-2014 Announced


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is pleased to announce the following officers and chairmen for 2013-14, announced at the ISFHWE Annual Meeting in conjunction with the NGS Conference in Las Vegas.

2012- 2013 Officers

  • President: Leland Meitzler, Utah, president@isfhwe.org
  • 1st Vice President: Wevonneda Minis, South Carolina, 1vp@isfhwe.org
  • 2nd Vice President - National Conference Chair: Gary M. Smith, Ohio, 2vp@isfhwe.org
  • Secretary: Nancy Lauer, Maryland, secretary@isfhwe.org
  • Treasurer: Diana Crisman Smith, Ohio, treasurer@isfhwe.org


2012- 2013 Directors

  • Northeast Region: Debra Braverman, New York, northeastregion@isfhwe.org
  • Southeast Region: Tina Sansone, Tennessee, southeastregion@isfhwe.org
  • Central Region: Juliana Smith, Indiana, centralregion@isfhwe.org
  • Great Plains Region: Cheryl Roach, Colorado, greatplainsregion@isfhwe.org
  • West Region: Jean Wilcox Hibben, California, westregion@isfhwe.org
  • International/At Large: Elizabeth Lapointe, Canada, internationalregion@isfhwe.org
  • COLUMNS Editor: Phyllis Matthews Ziller, North Carolina, editor@isfhwe.org
  • COLUMNS Proofreader: Lauren Maehrlein, New Jersey, heirlines@aol.com
  • Webmaster: Debby T. Horton, California, webmaster@isfhwe.org
  • ISFHWE-L Mailing List Moderator: Robbi Ryan, Nebraska, mailinglistmoderator@isfhwe.com

Monday, May 20, 2013

ISFHWE 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition Deadline June 15, 2013


The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) is reminding writers IN ALL MEDIA (magazines, newspapers, journals, websites, blogs) that the 2012 Excellence-in-Writing Competition is still open for entries through 15 June 2013.

The competition is open to both MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of ISFHWE; both published and non-published authors may enter (see category list below). The Genealogy Newsletters category is returning to the competition this year. Members of ISFHWE receive a discount on the entry fee (after logging in to the ISFHWE members’ corner).

The categories are:

Category I – Columns. This is for columns of original content, published on a regular basis, in any medium, published in 2012. Entries
should consist of two columns, each submitted as a single file, and must be shorter than 2,000 words. These are entries from the author’s regular column-not features. Note that these may be print or online columns.
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Category II -- Articles. These one-time articles (not part of the author’s column) must have been published in 2012 in a journal, magazine, newsletter, blog or website. Entries cannot exceed 5,000 words. Note that these may be print or online articles.

Category III –Genealogy Newsletter. This category is for society or family association newsletters published in 2012. Entries should consist of two issues, each submitted as a single file in PDF format. The judging will be based on originality, content, visual appeal, writing and editing quality, and accuracy.The
award is to the editor of the publication. These may also be print or online newsletters.

Category IV –Unpublished Authors. Entrants in this category aspire to be published writers or columnists in the field of genealogy, family or local history. The submissions in this category are original and unpublished, between 500 and 2,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Category V–Unpublished material by Published Authors. This category is for original unpublished genealogically related articles by previously published authors. Entries should be between 500 and 3,000 words. Since these are UNPUBLISHED, blogs are not eligible for this category.

Winners in each category will be awarded a cash prize and a certificate. The awards presentation will take place during the FGS Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 21-24 August 2013. (Those unable to attend will receive their awards by mail after the conference.)

Entries must be submitted in PDF, Word, WordPerfect, or JPG format by e-mail in time to meet this deadline. Send entries to: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Appropriate entry fee(s) - and membership dues to receive the discount - may be paid via PayPal on the ISFHWE website at ISFHWE.org.

Full information on the competition is available on the ISFHWE website in the “2013 Excellence-in-Writing Competition - Information and Online Entry Form” link, which leads to: http://www.isfhwe.org/competition.php

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator at: Competition@ISFHWE.org

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Genealogy Guys Podcast Celebrates 250th Episode


Aha! Seminars, Inc., announces that The Genealogy GuysSM Podcast (http://genealogyguys.com), the longest running genealogical podcast in the world, has published its 250th episode. The podcast is a production of Aha! Seminars, Inc., based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, and began production in September of 2005. The total downloads for all episodes numbers more than 1,230,000.

The Genealogy Guys are George G. Morgan and Drew Smith, both of whom are internationally recognized genealogical experts, speakers, and authors. George is president of Aha! Seminars, Inc., and the author of the book, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, published by McGraw-Hill and now in its third edition. He is also Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). Drew is an assistant librarian at the University of South Florida and the author of Social Networking for Genealogists, published by Genealogical Publishing Company. He is president of the Florida Genealogical Society (Tampa), a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and the Federation representative to the Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO). Together, George and Drew have just written a new book, Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques, which will be released by McGraw-Hill in September.

The free podcast includes genealogical news, press releases and announcements, interviews, book and product reviews, responses to listener email from around the globe, and other features. Each episode is sponsored by RootsMagic, findmypast.com, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Recordings of all of the podcast episodes are available for listening and download at http://genealogyguys.com, complete with show notes for each show. Listeners can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes store.

About Aha! Seminars, Inc.

Aha! Seminars, Inc., is a Tampa Bay-based company that has been providing training to library personnel across the United States and to genealogists in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. since 1996. The company provides library collection consulting services, genealogical conference and event planning services, and organizes genealogical research tours on demand.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

FGS Radio: Planning Your Genealogy Society Research Trip


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Friday, May 10, 2013

Genealogy Road Trip Contest!

Genealogy Road Trip Contest

Have you ever wanted to take a research trip to one of the top genealogical libraries in the United States and find out more about your ancestors? Are you all packed and ready to hit the road?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is holding a contest to raise awareness about its Preserve the Pensions project to preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files at the National Archives. To participate, simply complete the entry form below and add your name to our email list and then wait for your name to be selected for one of several prizes!

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

We’re undertaking a big project here trying to digitize 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 pension files and we believe in thinking BIG! This thinking carries over to our contest prizes which include:
  • Choice of a Genealogy Research Travel Package: Choose from one of the following research trips:
  • Salt Lake City Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, a $200 meal gift card, and a $50 Family History Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
  • Fort Wayne Genealogy Research Package: A 7-night stay at the Fort Wayne Hilton Hotel, a $200 meal gift card and a $50 Allen County Public Library photocopy card. Total value = $1,100.
  • Flip-Pal® mobile scanner: A genealogists’ best friend: mobile scanner for all your family photos and genealogy documents. Total value = $150.
  • findmypast.com 1-Year Membership: A one year membership to findmypast.com. Total value = $100.
  • And more! Prizes from Just a Joy, The Heirloom Registry, Maia’s Books, RootsMagic and more!
The total value of all the prizes for this contest is over $2,800!

Contest Format and Rules

We’ll begin drawing for prizes on Monday, May 20, 2013 and draw prizes each day leading up to Friday, May 24, 2013, when we’ll select the winner of the Genealogy Research Travel Package!  All winners will be notified by email.

In order to qualify for the contest, you must be a resident of the United States, over age 18 and provide your email address so we can contact you if you are a winner. After the contest, we’ll send you the latest information about the Preserve the Pensions project and you can unsubscribe from our mailing list at any time. Full contest rules can be found here.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

The Preserve the Pensions project relies upon the generosity of individual donors, the hard work and skills of volunteers and the huge support from our sponsors! For the Genealogy Road Trip Contest, prizes have been provided by the following:
Please take a minute to visit their websites and thank them for their participation!

Donate to Preserve the Pensions and Win a War of 1812 Quilt

Besides entering the contest, consider making a donation to the Preserve the Pensions project today. Not only will you help preserve and digitize War of 1812 pension files, but you’ll also be entered into a drawing to win a stunning War of 1812 commemorative quilt! Click here for more information and then look for the drawing in late August 2013.

Here’s How to Enter the Genealogy Road Trip Contest

Only one entry per email address and visit our Facebook page here to enter today. Please spread the word about our contest on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. And also visit the Preserve the Pensions website to learn more about this community effort to preserve an essential part of American history.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Unconferences: Alternative Educational Opportunity for Your Genealogy Society


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Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Win a One-of-a-Kind War of 1812 Commemorative Quilt!

war of 1812 quilt - preserve the pensions


Genea-Quilters, founded by Pat Richley-Erickson, Gena Philibert-Ortega and Tami Osmer-Glatz, have created a one of a kind War of 1812 commemorative quilt in support of the Preserve the Pensions project. In order to maintain the old timey feel, the quilt was pieced together using patterns of the time period of 1812-1900, when most of the War of 1812 pensioners’ wives and mothers would have been making quilts.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Be a Savvy Genealogist!


The FGS Voice Newsletter is a free monthly electronic publication with news, links, and information about the genealogical community delivered directly to your inbox. It includes recent announcements and posts from the FGS Voice Blog, the FGS Conference News Blogand the Records Preservation and Access Blog

Thursday, April 11, 2013

FGS Radio: Genealogy Tourism and Your Society


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Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Monday, April 8, 2013

Become a FGS 2013 Ambassador


April 8, 2013 – Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference by becoming FGS 2013 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2013 Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, August 21-24, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

ISBGFH Announces 2013 British Institute


The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History Announces Courses and Instructors for 2013 British Institute

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 3 April 2013—The International Society for British Genealogy and Family History announces the courses for the 13th annual British Institute, to be held 7–11 October in Salt Lake City at the Radisson Downtown, located two blocks from the Family History Library. Registration will open 9:00 a.m. Pacific daylight time on 8 April 2013 and class size is limited.

Accessible Archives Attending ACRL 2013 Conference


Please join Accessible Archives at the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference and Exhibition, in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 10 to 12, 2013.

Accessible Archives will be in booth 1300 with their exclusive sales & marketing agent Unlimited Priorities. ACRL is a great opportunity for us to see you in person and show you what’s new. We are very excited that we will be discussing five new collections to our existing holdings and we will be demonstrating those at the show. We look forward to meeting you at the 2013 ACRL Conference! Please contact us for an appointment.


About Accessible Archives, Inc.®

Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives provides vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat, hard copy, or images. Primary source material reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled to allow access to leading books, newspapers, and periodicals then current, as identified by dedicated instructors and students of Americana. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods.

About Unlimited Priorities LLC®

Unlimited Priorities serves clients throughout the information industry. Our Archival Initiatives Division provides advice to libraries, historical societies, and associations in selecting, distributing, and monetizing their valuable archival content. Our goal is to enhance our clients’ abilities to succeed, offering realistic and affordable solutions.

Contact:

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

FGS Partners with German Association of Genealogical Associations


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a new partnership with Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft genealogischer Verbände e. V. (DAGV), an umbrella organization of genealogical and heraldic associations in Germany, in order to further the exchange of ideas and information between genealogists and family historians across the globe.

Originally announced during the recent RootsTech 2013 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, March 23, 2013, FGS and DAGV will work to “develop technical solutions to preserve and present records and to increase the mutual contact” between both societies and their members.

DAGV, founded in Frankfurt am Main in 1949 and based in Stuttgart, represents 63 member associations in Germany with a total of 20,000 individual members among the organizations. Combined with the over 500 member associations and 500,000 individuals represented by FGS, both organizations intend to work closely together within the world umbrella organization of the Confédération Internationale de Généalogie et d'Héraldique (CIGH).

A prevailing goal of this new alliance between FGS and DAGV is for a World Conference to be held in the near future to further the public’s interest in genealogy. Both organizations will focus on strengthening the world organization in order to build bridges for generations to come and setting the world family history research agenda for the 21st century.

Dirk Weissleder, DAGV National Chairman stated “ I personally want to ensure strong co-operation between our two umbrella organizations in the US and Germany. In order to support genealogical research at this level, we must leverage our personal contacts in sharing information and experiences. A key initiative will be to get younger people interested in genealogy through the use of the Internet as well as the structures of our genealogical societies.”

D. Joshua Taylor, FGS President, added: “The challenges and opportunities facing genealogical societies are not limited by geography and it is an an honor and privilege to begin looking at ways our organizations can work together for the future of a global family history community.”

Visit the DAGV website at http://dagv.org for more information about its projects, publications and activities. And follow FGS at http://fgs.org or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fgsgenealogy.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

FGS Radio: Book Vendors - Your Genealogy Society Conference's Best Friend


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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 Randy Whited is entitled Book Vendors - Your Genealogy Society Conference's Best Friend. Our guest this week will be Martha Mercer, of Maia’s Books. We will also continue our series on FGS 2013 Conference featured speakers by having a conversation with Kris Rzepczynski, FGS Director and Archivist at the Archives of Michigan. We will also be featuring FGS member society the Bay County (Florida) Genealogical Society in our weekly Society Spotlight segment.

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.

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.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Federation of Genealogical Societies Joins Coalition Urging Changes to Technology and Privacy Laws for Records Access


March 18, 2013 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has joined the American Library Association, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as other organizations, in an effort to ensure continued access to records for the genealogy and family history communities.

The coalition, in a letter dated March 19, 2013, is urging Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) to take a leadership role on important issues involving technology, privacy and genealogy records access. These include:
  • updating the laws and regulations governing the use of the "Death Master File" of the Social Security Administration and its commercially available Social Security Death Index (SSDI); and
  • updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
FGS and other coalition members have called upon Hatch to take action due to his “contributions to facilitating genealogical research . . . commitment to both law enforcement and privacy, and . . . interest in promoting development of the technology sector.”

The coalition seeks changes to recent laws and policies which threaten access to records vital to the field of genealogy as well as “genealogists who work to identify military remains, who work with coroners’ offices and medical examiners, who are forensic genealogists, heir researchers, and those researching individual genetically inherited diseases.”

The list of coalition members includes:
  • American Library Association
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
  • The Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)
  • Dick Eastman, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Liberty Coalition
  • Records Preservation and Access Committee
  • Thomas A. Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
  • SpiderOak
FGS President D. Joshua Taylor, notes “As a leader among the genealogical community, FGS is excited to engage in an important conversation to develop constructive solutions that protect individual privacy, while maintaining suitable access for millions interested in researching their family tree.”

To follow the latest developments involving these issues important to all genealogists, follow the Records Access and Preservation Committee blog at http://www.fgs.org/rpac/.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

FGS Radio: Vanishing History - Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans


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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 Randy Whited is entitled Vanishing History: Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans. Our first guest this week will be Sandra Arnold, founder and principal developer of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans. The mission of the project, currently housed in the Department of African and African American Studies at Fordham University in New York City, is to identify, document and memorialize burial sites of the enslaved, most of which are abandoned or undocumented. We will also be kicking off our series on FGS 2013 Conference featured speakers by having a conversation with J. Mark Lowe. And we'll feature FGS member society the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society in our weekly Society Spotlight segment.

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.

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.

Friday, March 8, 2013

2013 FGS Conference Registration is Open


“Journey through Generations” – A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists

March 8, 2013 – Austin, TX. Online registration is now open for the 2013 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 21-24 August 2013 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Register at http://www.fgsconference.org by 1 July 2013 for an early-bird discount. This year’s conference theme is “Journey through Generations,” and the local hosts are the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) and the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana (ACGSI).

This year’s FGS conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. This conference will offer over 160 educational sessions on records, strategies, and tools for genealogists of all levels. Ten different sponsored luncheons will provide opportunities for networking.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch, findmypast.com, Ancestry.com, Archives.com, Fold3, Association of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, National Archives and Records Administration, and the Indiana Historical Society.

Conference Highlights
  • Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Attendees will be able to learn about Midwest research, African American research, European research, military research, genetics, technology, migration, methodology and more.
  • Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
  • Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, August 20, 2013, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.
  • Special Events: Include FGS Opening Social at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory and “Journey Through the Genearations with Our Veterans” at the Allen County Public Library.
  • Exhibit Hall: The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases and gadgets on the market for genealogists and family historians, as well as information about genealogical organizations. Representatives of FGS member societies will staff their booths in the special Society Showcase area.
  • Extended Hours at ACPL: The Genealogy Center at ACPL will open early and stay open late during the FGS 2013 conference week to help genealogist maximize their research time.
There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2013 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgsconference.org. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in Fort Wayne in August!

Learn More and Stay Connected
About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.
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