The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) is an international organisation established for the purpose of developing and recommending information standards for genealogy and family history purposes. It exists to bring together genealogy companies of all sizes, as well as professional genealogists and hobbyists, to collaborate on standards that will benefit the work of genealogists around the world.

The standards development process was initiated March 22, 2013, with an historic Open Call for Papers.

Drew Smith, Chair of FHISO, sums it up this way: “The mechanical, electrical, and digital products and services that we use every day function as well as they do because international standards organizations were formed in the early 20th century, and the standards they created were adopted by all successful manufacturers and service providers. FHISO was created to do the same thing for the information-based products and services of the genealogical community. When both companies and consumers join us in the work that we exist to do, they make it easier for all genealogists to create, transform, and share information without the risk of unintended change or loss.”

BetterGEDCOM Archive

ACProctor : February 4, 2018 1:02 pm : Announcements

FHISO has managed to resurrect an archive copy of the BetterGEDCOM wiki — the precursor of FHISO — under their domain name. The pages are based on a WikiSpaces export made after WikiSpaces locked the site in 2016, and because of this it lacks style information and does not include dynamic pages (such as “Recent Changes”) that WikiSpaces had been providing.

The archive may be found at:


That link goes to an index page we added as part of the archiving process; the original home page may be found at:


Note that there isn’t (yet) a ‘search’ function and so it’s currently more browse- than search-able, but it acknowledges the huge effort and deep insights contributed by so many people on multiple topics, many of which FHISO has yet to revisit.

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FHISO Board Meeting 23 January 2018

ACProctor : January 26, 2018 8:50 am : Announcements

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 23 January 2018 at 18:00 UTC. Subjects covered included legal status, finances, technical work, outreach, bylaws, and RootsTech.

The minutes of this meeting are available here: https://fhiso.org/minutes/2018-01-23/

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FHISO Board Meeting 12 December 2017

FHISO : December 21, 2017 2:01 pm : Announcements

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 12 December 2017 at 1810 UTC. Subjects covered included finances, legal status, technical work, Web site, and outreach,

The minutes of this meeting are available here: https://fhiso.org/minutes/2017-12-12/

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