The Federation of Genealogical Societies publishes FORUM, a quarterly interactive electronic magazine providing current information essential to the informed genealogist.

Society leaders and delegates of FGS member organizations have access to the magazine as part of their member benefits. Subscriptions are available to others for purchase. Scroll down for those details.

Features include:

  • Articles on a variety of subjects of interest to all genealogists
  • Regular columns:
    • Ethics & Standards by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
    • Forensic Genealogy by Helen Haldeman Daglas
    • Beyond Boxes & Binders by Linda Coffin
    • Records Preservation and Access by Linda McCleary
    • Next Generation by Shannon Combs-Bennett
  • Reviews covering a wide variety of publications and products by various reviewers
  • Inbox (similar to letters to the editor in other publications)
  • Help Desk (the place to ask questions)
  • Articles and tips for more effective society management
  • And much, much more!

*Starting with the 2018 volume year, page size was changed to make it easier for screen reading on different devices.*

FORUM subscriptions are only $15 a year! Get a 2-year subscription for $25 or a 3-year subscription for $30!

Use the online application, even if you wish to mail in a check for payment.

After completing the application information, you will have a choice to pay online by credit card or mail in a check (by selecting "Pay Later" and "I will mail in a check."). Using the online form will enable your new account to be created immediately. If you pay online, you will have immediate access to the magazine. If you choose mailing a payment, your subscription will not be available until payment is received.

FORUM subscribers should go to the Access FORUM Subscription page to download the magazine.

Member society leaders should go to the FORUM Archives under Members Only to download the magazine.

Users must be signed in first. 

Curious about FORUM? Download a free issue: Vol 28, No. 2, Summer 2016 (published June 2016).

FORUM welcomes article submissions from the genealogical community.

The publications dates and deadlines for content submissions are:

Spring Issue

Publication Date: 15 MAR

Content Deadline: 15 JAN

Summer Issue
Fall Issue
Winter Issue

Submissions can be sent to FORUM Managing Editor Julie Tarr at Please review our writer's guidelines.

See Advertise in FORUM for details about advertising opportunities.

If you have a publication or product for review contact FORUM Managing Editor Julie Tarr at

Please contact the managing editor with any additional questions. Thank you for your interest!