Introducing our new board

The call for nominations to the Board of Directors resulted in six nominations for six posts so, per our by-laws, per our by-laws, all six candidates were declared elected without a vote. We are pleased to welcome Joel Cannon, David Mann and Seth Taplin who are joining the board for the first time. They have been elected as Directors at Large, meaning their particular areas of responsibility will be decided at our September board meeting.

Of the previous board, Roger Moffat, Richard Smith and Luther Tychonievich have been re-elected. Luther, who took over as Chair of FHISO in May, continues in this role, while Roger remains Secretary and Treasurer, and Richard takes over from Luther as Technical Coordinator. We say goodbye to Andy Hatchett, Greg Lamberson, Brett McPhee, Tony Proctor and Drew Smith, who are leaving the board. We take this opportunity to thank them for serving on the board for many years, and […]

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FHISO Call for Nominations and Announcement of Annual General Meeting

The Family History Information Standards Organisation is seeking  nominations for the Board of Directors. The election will be held online with voting being conducted from July 21, 2019 to August 3, 2019, followed by an Annual General Meeting held online on August 10, 2019. As this is FHISO’s first board election, all positions are open for election. These are:    Chair – the head of FHISO, with overall responsibility for the smooth running of the organisation.    Technical Coordinator – the chair of the Technical Standing Committee, with overall responsibility for FHISO’s standardisation and specification work.    Four Directors at Large to fill other roles on the board. Terms of office run from the AGM on August 10, 2019 for two years.

It is expected that some board members will hold several roles, for instance, the roles of secretary and treasurer are currently held by the same individual.  The details will depend on the skills […]

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Membership renewals

Most FHISO members will have received an email on Friday about their membership expiring on 31 May 2019, and asking whether they’d like to renew. A lot of our members paid $20 to join FHISO back in 2013 when we first invited people to become members of the organisation. The $20 membership fee was described as an annual fee, but as setting up FHISO took far longer than anticipated, we felt it inappropriate to ask members to pay to renew their membership renewals while we were still establishing the organisation and started technical work in earnest. We therefore extended all memberships free of charge several times, most recently until 31 May 2019.

We now believe FHISO is now fairly well established, and with public drafts of six standard now available, technical work is well under way too. We plan to hold elections to the FHISO Board of Directors towards the end of July, to be […]

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Annual Report to Members for 2018

The FHISO Board of Directors have prepared a report on our activities in 2018, and our plans and concerns for the future. This is the first time we have prepared a report of this nature, covering all aspects of the organisation, but we intend to produce a report like this annually. We have also published our accounts for 2018. If you’d like to comment on this report, feel free to email the Board or the Technical Standing Committee.

Draft of a new ELF Dates standard

FHISO’s Technical Standing Committee is pleased to announce the first public draft of a new standard, Extended Legacy Format (ELF): Date, Age and Time Microformats, or ELF Dates for short. This draft defines microformats for representing dates, ages and times in arbitrary calendars together with how they are applied to the Gregorian, Julian, French Republican and Hebrew calendars in a GEDCOM-compatible manner. It is available as an HTML web page or as a PDF for download.

We welcome comments these, preferably to the tsc-public mailing list. A longer overview of this draft can be read in the the announcement email.

Merry Christmas from all at FHISO, and we wish you an enjoyable New Year.

FHISO Board Meeting 5 June 2018

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 5 June 2018 at 18:05 UTC. Subjects covered included finances, technical work, and outreach.

The minutes of this meeting are available here:

FHISO Board Meeting 24 April 2018

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 24 April 2018 at 18:00 UTC. Subjects covered included finances, technical work, and outreach.

The minutes of this meeting are available here:

FHISO Board Meeting 13 March 2018

The FHISO Board met by Google Hangout on 13 March 2018 at 18:00 UTC. Subjects covered included finances, technical work, outreach, and bylaws.

The minutes of this meeting are available here:

New Draft Standards Released

The Technical Standing Committee is happy to announce that several drafts have reached the point of public draft release.   Since our last public releases in September 2016, we have been working to resolve issues identified in the last set of drafts and provide a firm foundation for additional future extensions.  This release primarily provides a foundation layer on which future public-facing standards can be built.   Work continues on a full Citation Elements Vocabulary, on the Extended Legacy Format (ELF, a document model and file format we hope will be fully compatible with current uses of GEDCOM 5.5.1 but more readily extended, as discussed in the “Progress on ELF” thread last October), and bindings for Citation Elements in both ELF and GEDCOM-X.  However, in working on these it became clear that a variety of additional foundational mechanisms were needed, which foundations are presented in the current set of drafts.  While this material is […]

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BetterGEDCOM Archive

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.