Federation of Genealogical Societies to be FHISO Founding Member


Austin, TX and Gilbert, AZ — October 29, 2012 — The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that the Federation of Genealogical Societies has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organization. As part of this process, FGS has designated Drew Smith as its key organizational member representative. Drew 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.

“After RootsTech 2011, the Federation of Genealogical Societies launched a Technology Initiative and committed itself to serving as a technological role model for its member societies.  By becoming a founding member of FHISO, FGS provides yet another example of this leadership role in an area of technology that significantly impacts the lives of genealogists,” said Drew Smith, an FGS Director and FGS Representative to FHISO.

“One of the things that distinguishes modern standards development is the diversity of interests that drive the multi-stakeholder model. FGS’s hundreds of member organizations extend across interests and borders. With today’s announcement, FGS has shown the leadership that will help make that modern model possible for all of us,” said Robert Burkhead, acting FHISO Chairman.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference — four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more about the FGS, visit http://www.fgs.org.

FHISO is a standards-developing organization bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, self-governing forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit http://fhiso.org/.

Please join us in welcoming the Federation of Genealogical Societies and Drew Smith to FHISO!


Federation of Genealogical Societies, Drew Smith, drewsmithtpa@gmail.com
FHISO General Enquiries, enquiries@fhiso.org; Membership enquiries, membership@fhiso.org; FHISO Media Relations, Anthony C. Proctor (acproctor@fhiso.org)

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