Monday, August 30, 2010

New Society Hall at FGS Website

The Federation of Genealogical Societies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation headquartered in Austin, Texas, announces the re-launch today of the popular Society Hall at its website at

Society Hall is an informational database accessible on the Internet that can be used to locate FGS member organizations in the U.S. and abroad. This includes genealogical societies, historical societies, family associations, libraries, archives, and genealogical vendors serving the genealogical community. Thousands of people searching for information about these organizations visit Society Hall each month.

Every FGS Member society has a Society Hall listing at that it can edit and maintain. With the re-launching of the service, FGS has updated Society Hall listings with details from its member database. There are many fields that can be used to promote information about your organization. In addition to name, address, telephone and email, a link can be added to the organization’s website. Membership benefits and dues can be listed, as can periodicals and publications, a calendar of events, services, and pioneer/certification programs. previously hosted Society Hall at its site. FGS has now taken over hosting responsibilities for Society Hall at its own website.

Muskogee County Genealogical Society has long been a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and also had a listing on Society Hall. Make use of Society Hall to help you find those Societies and organizations that can help you find the records you need for your research.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2010

My daughter Loryn and I just returned yesterday from a week in Knoxville, TN at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference. If you have never been to a conference you certainly should consider it. Four days of sessions all about genealogy! A conference is one of the best ways to further your genealogy education and have a great time with great people all at once.

We also took the opportunity to do some research side trips to a town where an ancestor was born and and visited (and photographed) a cemetery in the pouring rain. Genealogists don't let much keep them from 'getting their guy' do they?

A visit to the East Tennessee Historical Society's fabulous library proved to Loryn that you absolutely can't find everything you need on the Internet. She was able to find marriage records for her 2 great and 3 great Tolbert grandparents, a huge help to her research but an emotionally moving experience too. I even found a marriage I have been looking for for a really long time.

Back at the conference we attended the Genealogy Guys live podcast and a session about organizing your digital files and then another great one about genealogy blogs during which Loryn created her on family research blog using her cell phone.

I'll post later about some of the other sessions we attended especially those on Wednesday -Focus on Societies Day.