FamilySearch GEDCOM 7

I’m sure many of you will have seen the announcement from FamilySearch of a new version of GEDCOM, the first new version that they have released for over 21 years.

Since then we’ve had a number of enquiries about FHISO’s involvement in its development, our opinion of this new standard, and how it affects our future plans, particularly with regards to ELF (or Extended Legacy Format, designed to be backwards compatible with GEDCOM 5.5 and 5.5.1). I’d like to take this opportunity to answer these questions publicly on behalf of FHISO.

FamilySearch GEDCOM™ version 7 was developed on behalf of FamilySearch (which is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) by a team of contributors from a wide range of stakeholders. FHISO’s Chair, Luther Tychonievich, was invited to represent FHISO during the development of FamilySearch GEDCOM 7, as were multiple other FHISO members, though the confidentiality agreements during the development prevented us […]

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FHISO Update – Spring 2021

Due to disruptions caused by changing schedules and reductions in free time during the COVID-19 pandemic, FHISO mostly suspended operations from April 2020 through March 2021. As such, an annual report for 2020 was not produced and all memberships have been extended by a year. We are happy to report that FHISO is operating once again and are hopeful 2021 will prove to be a much more productive year.

Annual Report to Members for 2019

The FHISO Board of Directors have prepared a report on our activities in 2019, and our plans for this year. We have also published our accounts for 2019. If you’d like to comment on this report, feel free to email the Board or the Technical Standing Committee.

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: https://fhiso.org/minutes/2018-06-05

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: https://fhiso.org/minutes/2018-04-24/