11 September 2007

Running for FGS Board

I am running for my second term on the FGS Board. FGS supports a variety of activities geared towards helping genealogical societies help themselves and their members. More information about FGS can be found on the website, including information on membership in FGS.

My goals as a board member are to work on ways to support smaller, rural societies. Records access and preservation are crucial at all levels and continued support of smaller societies is vital to make certain that records in remote areas do not fall between the cracks.


21 August 2007

What is FGS?

Over 1,000 genealogists attended the FGS conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana last week. More have heard of FGS, but how many really know what FGS is and what the goals of FGS are?

FGS stands for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and its overridding goal is to support genealogical societies in their work for genealogy. Genealogical societies provide services to their members via newsletters, websites, publications, workshops, and the like. Societies are often in the forefront of local records preservation and access (or they should be).

FGS exists to support these societies in their mission of serving their members, both those members that live in the local area and those that live a distance away. One day of each FGS conference is devoted to society management so that officers can better serve their society, reinvigorate their society, encourage the volunteers they already have and motivate additional individuals to volunteer for the society. FGS is also a way for society officers to network with others to share ideas and techniques.

Individuals do not join FGS; societies join FGS. Membership dues are based upon the size of the society, with smaller societies paying lower fees than larger ones. Each member society appoints one delegate who serves as a conduit between the member society and FGS. Delegates elect members of the FGS Board.

FGS also publishes papers on a variety of genealogical society management topics, from working on a newsletter to handling volunteers. These are all written by experienced genealogical society members who want to share their knowledge with other societies in order to help them thrive and grow...one of the goals of FGS.

To learn more about FGS and the services it could offer your society, visit it on the web at www.fgs.org. More about society membership can be seen here.


20 August 2007

Records Preservation and Access Committee

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is a joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies & the National Genealogical Society. The mission of the Committee is:

"To advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices."

Staying on top of records preservation and access issues is crucial to present-day and future genealogists.

The RPAC has created a web page where records preservation and access issues can be submitted to the committee and individual state reporters so that the genealogical public can be made aware of these issues. The RPAC has created a blog to help keep the genealogical public informed. The Committee though needs the help of genealogists in the field to learn about new issues as they arise.

For more about the RPAC or to view their blog, visit http://www.fgs.org/rpac/

Keeping our head in the sand only gets sand in our mouth.....


FGS 2007 is over

FGS 2007 in Ft. Wayne is over, but plans are well underway for FGS 2008 in Philadelphia.

I enjoyed meeting genealogy friends and aquaintances in Ft. Wayne, including a few people I had known online for years, but never met face to face.

If you've never attended an FGS Conference, consider doing so in September of 2008. Even those of us who do a significant amount of our genealogy "online" still benefit by networking with others face-to-face and attending lectures.

As a member of the FGS Board up for re-election, I'm also interested in hearing your thoughts on the conference if you attended (mjnrootdig@gmail.com) We are always looking for ways to enhance the conference experience for attendees.


14 March 2007

Online Registration for FGS 2007 Ft. Wayne

Online registration for the annual Federation of Genealogical Societies' 2007 conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, this August is now operational. Yipee! I'll be there and hopefully I'll find a few ancestors in the library (Well not their actual bodies--although they did dig a pretty big hole for the library's new parking garage, so you never know--but that would give whole new meaning to the phrase "open stacks").

Learn more about the program, the speakers, and FGS at


We always have a good time, always learn, and always share. Join us and learn more about your ancestors, genealogical research, and FGS in Ft. Wayne late this summer.

FGS Board Member