Federation of Genealogical Societies

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MISSIONThe Federation of Genealogical Societies empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions.
Founded in 1976, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies and links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources; through the FGS FORUM magazine; through marshaling the resources of its member organizations for preservation projects like the Preserve the Pensions project; and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. Learn more about and register today for the FGS 2017 National Conference "Building Bridges to the Past" to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 30 — September 2, 2017: FGSConference.org.
For more information about the Federation of Genealogical Societies including requests for interviews and use of FGS logos, please contact FGS Marketing & Publicity at: marketing@fgs.org.
Recent FGS Press Releases
12 Jul 2017
Monthly webinars will be free to the general public
28 Jun 2017
Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA
16 May 2017
Deadline for Submissions is 14 July 2017
13 April 2017
Dive Deeper Into DNA at the FGS 2017 National Conference

Latest from the Voice Blog
Genealogists, family historians, genealogical society leaders, librarians, and archivists read FGS' The Voice blog to learn how genealogical societies can enrich their research pursuits; to learn how to manage their societies effectively; to learn more about FGS Member Societies' preservation projects and their latest news; and to keep up with FGS' latest news about its annual conference and FGS' own preservation projects.
Read more on the Voice blog. Also, sign up for our monthly Voice newsletter with a recap from the blog plus all the latest genealogy community news.

War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project
Latest from the Preserve the Pensions blog
The War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land files are being digitized and placed online for free and is a Bicentennial project led by FGS in conjunction with Fold3, Ancestry.com, and the National Archives. Help make this $3.7M dollar project a reality by the end of the War of 1812 Bicentennial in 2015. Keep up with the latest news from the Preserve the Pensions Project:

Records Preservation and Access Committee
Latest from the Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) blog
A joint committee consisting of representatives from the Federation of Genealogical Socieities, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, the Records Preservation and Access Committee's mission is to advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices. Keep up with the latest news from RPAC:
  • Senate Finance Committee 10 February 2016 Hearing
  • RPAC at RootsTech 2016
  • Death Master File — Analysis — IRS Filters Really Work!
  • Death Master File — Impact of IRS Filters TY2010, TY2011, TY2012
Read more on the RPAC blog.

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