Calico Pie Limited leads the UK as a Founding Member of FHISO

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London (United Kingdom) and Gilbert, AZ (USA) — September 24, 2012 — Calico Pie Limited and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Calico Pie has finalised its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As part of this process, Calico Pie has designated its founder, Simon Orde, to be an organisational member representative. Simon will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“Open standards make possible products and applications that even the creators of the standards themselves could never have imagined. Family Historian was originally built around one standard GEDCOM that has been hugely important for genealogy. We look forward to the opportunities and possibilities that future standards will bring. The emergence of FHISO is exactly what the genealogy world needs, and we are delighted and […]

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ourFamily•ology adds another dimension to the list of FHISO Founding Members

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Franklin Lakes, NJ and Gilbert, AZ — September 21, 2012 — ourFamily•ology, Inc. and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that ourFamily•ology has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, ourFamily•ology has designated its founder, Brandy Sacco, as an organizational member representative. Brandy will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“FHISO offers the best hope for a community-driven genealogy standard. Finally, we’ll have a place where genealogists and technologists world-wide come together to discuss the new tools and technologies that we want and need,” said Brandy Sacco, ourFamily•ology Founder.

“Our community thrives on functionality and sharing. Innovative developers like Brandy Sacco deserve support from a modern, participatory standards development organization. Tools to help users build reliable family trees, […]

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WikiTree joins the growing list of FHISO Founding Members

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Croton-on-Hudson, NY and Gilbert, AZ — August 15, 2012 — WikiTree.com and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that WikiTree has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, WikiTree has designated its founder, Chris Whitten, as an organizational member representative. Chris will participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“Although the mission of the WikiTree community is to grow a worldwide family tree, only a fraction of the world’s genealogical information will ever be organized and stored on WikiTree.com. The worldwide tree is something much larger and greater than any one forum or organization. That’s what makes universal standards so important. Information on WikiTree needs to fluidly connect with information elsewhere. When the FHISO team invited WikiTree to join […]

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RootsMagic, Inc. to collaborate within FHISO about community standards

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Gilbert, AZ—July 27, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that RootsMagic, Inc., has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. As a founding member, RootsMagic will designate organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

“Most of us just want it to work. Within FHISO, everyone’s needs will be considered. Things will just work for more of us, more of the time. We’ll get there, thanks to support from leaders like Bruce Buzbee and Michael Booth of RootsMagic. Today’s announcement is good news for genealogists and innovators around the globe,” says FHISO Board Member, Geir Thorud (Norway).

For over 20 years, RootsMagic, Inc., has been creating family history software, starting with the popular Family Origins and continuing with RootsMagic, the award-winning […]

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Ancestry.com set to collaborate about community standards

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Gilbert, AZ USA—May 17, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that Ancestry.com, Inc. has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. FHISO is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation of family history and genealogical information. As a founding member, Ancestry.com will designate five organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community.

Ancestry.com is the world’s largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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FHISO receives inaugural year financial pledge from Andrew G Hatchett III

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Gilbert, AZ USA—April 26, 2012 — Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) today announces it has received an inaugural year (2012) financial pledge from Andrew G Hatchett III that will help with specific start-up costs and certain on-going monthly operating expenses.

An amateur genealogist for more than 50 years, Andy served in the United States Air Force and has experience in business, office management, sales and quality control. He retired from Laboratory Corporation of America in 2001 and has since been a beta tester for several software companies. Andy joined BetterGEDCOM in February 2011; in November of that year, he became part of the group organizing FHISO. He currently serves as FHISO’s acting secretary.

FHISO is a standards-setting organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit […]

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FHISO receives start-up grant from Megan Smolenyak²

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Gilbert, AZ USA—April 18, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) today announced that it has received a grant from Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak’s Honoring Our Ancestors Genealogical Grants. The funding will be used to help with the expense of incorporation and start-up.

Megan Smolenyak is a genealogist, author and popular speaker. Her most recent book, Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing was released in January of this year. She earlier wrote, Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History. Megan also conducts forensic research for the U.S. Army, coroners, NCIS and the FBI. To learn more about Megan, visit her website, http://www.honoringourancestors.com .

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New standards-setting organisation formed to support Family History and Genealogy

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Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) New standards-setting organisation formed to support Family History and Genealogy

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA — Wednesday, February 1, 2012 — FHISO (http://fhiso.org) is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. The standards will solve today’s interoperability issues independently of technology platforms, genealogy products or services. They will provide opportunities for innovation and will address robust user requirements such as search, capture and research administration.

In the fall of 2010, a group of dedicated technologists and users formed the “Build a BetterGEDCOM Project” to improve data exchange standards and to facilitate sharing between researchers. This grassroots effort has grown into a dynamic, open forum for the exchange of ideas, and a substantial body of work has been produced. In order to realise the project goals, a more structured, organised environment was needed. […]

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