Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM Available

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM is Available

FORUM has a new look!.
Color is incorporated throughout regular departments and columns for some flair and brightness, but the biggest change is the page size. We've changed the page size to make it easier for screen reading on different devices. Also debuting with this issue are two new departments—Inbox and Help Desk, Inbox is similar to Letters to the Editor columns seen in many publications and Help Desk is the place to ask questions. 

In "State Historical Society Periodicals: Treasures Beyond the Articles," Diane Dittgen explains the kinds of information you might find in the special features in society publications.

Denise Barrett Olson discusses how to "Take Your Society's Policy & Procedure Manual Online" and the advantages of an online manual.

Get a sneak peek at the tracks and speakers for the FGS 2018 Conference coming up August 22–25 in Fort Wayne, Indiana in "FGS 2018.Conference Preview." 

And that's not all.

Spring 2018 Issue of FORUM - Table of Contents

3 ..... President's Message: Spring Cleaning Equals Taking Stock

5 ..... Editor's Message: A New FORUM

7 ..... Inbox

8 ..... Help Desk

9 ..... State Historical Society Periodicals: Treasures Beyond the Articles by Diane Dittgen

16 ..... FGS 2018 Conference Preview: Program Tracks & Speakers

20 ..... Take Your Society's Policy & Procedure Manual Online by Denise Barrett Olson

24 ..... Ethics & Standards: A Lecture on Lectures: Copyright & Ethics by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

27 ..... Next Generation: Just Ask! by Shannon Combs-Bennett

29 ..... Records Preservation & Access: OCLC Partners With Internet Archive, New Indexes Online & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

32 ..... Forensic Genealogy: Forensic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard by Helen Haldeman Daglas

37 ..... Reviews

47 ..... Before You Go . . .

How to access FORUM:

The FGS website will be switched to a new platform very soon. To ensure that FGS member society leadership and FORUM individual subscribers have access to this latest issue during this transition, we emailed a direct link to the Spring 2018 issue of the magazine.

Current FGS Member Society Leadership:
The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the main contact and the delegate for each member society. If your society is an FGS member and you did not receive the link, please email

Current FGS FORUM subscribers (individuals): The email with the direct link to the magazine was sent to the email address on file for each subscriber. If you are a FORUM subscriber and you did not receive the link, please email

Who can subscribe to FORUM? Anyone. You don't have to be a member of a genealogical society in order to subscribe.

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and let your society's leadership begin accessing FORUM and its 25+ year archives which is just one of the many benefits of FGS membership.

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