Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FGS Announces New FORUM Editors

The Federation of Genealogical Societies is pleased to announce that Julie Tarr is the new Managing Editor and Jennifer Alford is the new Associate Editor of the FGS FORUMFORUM is the FGS quarterly interactive electronic magazine providing current information essential to the informed genealogist.

D. Joshua Taylor, President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies said, "FORUM has such a rich legacy within the family history community, and we are delighted to welcome Julie and Jennifer as its new leadership team. As an enhanced digital publication, FORUM will continue to serve as an important voice and resource for genealogists throughout the globe."

Julie Tarr has been writing and editing professionally for over 15 years. In 2011, she began providing professional genealogical services, which include writing, editing, and researching. In addition to providing these services to individuals, much of her time is dedicated to educating others through her writing. Projects include the publication of four Legacy QuickGuides, course development for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, and several articles for various genealogical publications. Julie also maintains a genealogy blog, which was implemented in 2008. She is also managing editor for the Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly and Pegasus: Journal of the Dallas Genealogical Society.

Commenting on her new role, Julie Tarr said, "In the world of genealogy, education is something I truly believe in and I am always looking for opportunities to support that passion. FORUM is certainly an educational tool that provides a wide range of articles on topics that keep societies and genealogists alike informed and knowledgeable, essentially advancing the genealogy community. I am thrilled to be a part of the FORUM team and look forward to keeping the educational legacy alive by providing content that keeps readers engaged and excited about genealogy."

Jennifer Alford, PE, PTOE is a Traffic Engineer by day and a genealogy professional and lecturer by night. Her strong organizational skills and use of logic and methodology as an engineer are highly beneficial to genealogy research. Her research specialties include Jewish resources and the Midwest. Her business, Jenealogy, creates engaging family history treasures to enhance the bond between generations. Her artistic pursuits are combined to develop beautiful personalized artwork for her clients. As a partner with The In-Depth Genealogist she has taken the role of Publisher of The In-Depth Genealogist’s magazine, Going In-Depth, and several books written by their contributing writers. 

"I am honored to be selected as Associate Editor for FORUM and I look forward to working with the FGS board, Linda McCauley, and Julie Cahill Tarr," says Jennifer Alford. As a team, we hope to bring an exciting new vision for the magazine and further develop it into an educational and interactive resource for societies and individuals."

Julie and Jennifer can be reached at


  1. Congratulations Julie & Jennifer!

  2. Congrats to Julie and Jennifer! Or do the congratulations go to the FORUM?


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