Board Meeting Held 1 September 2021 at 2100UTC

Present: Luther Tychonievich — Chair; Richard Smith — Vice Chair and Technical Coordinator; Roger Moffat — Secretary, Treasurer & Membership Coordinator; and Seth Taplin — Technical Co-coordinator.


  1. Minutes of the previous meetings: The minutes of the 23 June 2021 and 21 July 2021 meetings have not been published yet.
  2. Finances: 
    PayPal Balance at 1 September 2021 = $569.88 (2 members renewed during this period)
  3. Board Elections:
    1. No nominations have been received.
      1. Luther self-nominated for remain chair
      2. Roger self-nominated to remain at-large.
    2. Richard Smith has been appointed as a TSC Special Member, effective at the upcoming AGM when his term as Chair of the TSC ends.
  4. AGM
    1. Date set for 25 September 2021 at 2100 UTC (5pm EDT)
    2. Draft Agenda
      1. Introduction of Board
      2. Brief summary of history of events
      3. Current directions of interest
      4. Open discussion of directions and priorities
      5. Summary of the “GEDCOM – all versions” spec
      6. (time permitting) specific discussion of what FHISO member interests
  5. FHISO Mail Lists
    1. These were paused by Simply Hosting due to complaints of spam, probably from the signup forms being used by bots. We will communicate with Simply Hosting about having the lists re-enabled if we can make the right precautions.
    2. We will send out 2 eMails 
      1. to the members using the CiviCRM membership module on the website
      2. to a combined eMail list from the FHISO-News, TSC-Public, and TSC-Announce eMail lists
  6. Technical Work
    1. FamilySearch has engaged with FHISO on text/gedcom media type specification; a jointly-authored standard between the two bodies has been proposed, and was well received by the board.
    2. Discussed other in-progress technical priorities and strategy and agreed to discuss these more at the AGM.

Date of next meeting: 13 October 2021 2100UTC 5PM EDT

Meeting Closed at 2205UTC (605pm EDT)