Feature Articles

Cluster research is often the hammer needed to break down brick walls. In “Neighborhood Reconstruction: The Why and How,” Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG, discusses the benefits of this type of research and how to approach it.

In “Buried Treasures: Finding Records in Unexpected Places,” Pam Vestal explains how we can find valuable family history in places we might not expect.

Since almost one in three workers during a period of our history were members of labor unions, Jane Neff Rollins provides insight into the family history nuggets we can find in union records in “Labor Union Documents: Genealogically Relevant Choices.”

And that’s not all.

5 ….. Editor’s Message: Be Inspired

7 ….. Buried Treasure: Finding Records in Unexpected Places by Pam Vestal

12 ….. Labor Union Documents: Genealogically Relevant Sources by Jane Neff Rollins

19 ….. Neighborhood Reconstruction: They Why and How by Jean Atkinson Andrews, CG

26 ….. FGS 2019: Where to Research & Visit in Washington, DC by Jane G. Haldeman

32 ….. Spotlight on Member Projects:  Resources, Learning Opps & More by Cari A. Taplin, CG

35 ….. Ethics & Standards: The Meanings of Genealogy by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

38 ….. Next Generation: One Niche is Not Like Another by Shannon Combs-Bennett

40 ….. Records Preservation & Access: Missing Missouri Census Records Found, New WWI Digital Collection & More by Linda McCleary, MLS

43 ….. Forensic Genealogy: Forensic Genealogy, DNA Databases & Law Enforcement by Helen Haldeman Daglas

48 ….. Reviews

60 ….. Before You Go . . . Vieux Carré Virtual Library

How to access FORUM

FGS Member Society Leadership: The main contact, delegate, and other board members for FGS member societies and family associations can access the magazine by logging into their account at After logging in, click on “Access FORUM Subscription” or “Access Members Only Benefits > FORUM Archives” to access the magazine. If you are the FGS delegate or a board member for a member organization and have not received a login, please contact the person in your organization who manages the FGS account. If you don’t know who that person is, contact

FGS Associate Organizations: The main contact for FGS associate organizations can access the magazine by logging into their account at After logging in, click on “Access FORUM Subscription” or “Access Members Only Benefits > FORUM Archives” to access the magazine.

FGS FORUM subscribers: Subscribers can access the magazine by logging into their account After logging in, click “Access FORUM Subscription” to access the magazine.

Who can subscribe to FORUM? Anyone. You don’t have to be a member of a genealogical society to subscribe to FORUM

Please note that if you are currently the FGS delegate for or serving on the board of an FGS member society or family association, you have access to the magazine through the organization’s FGS membership and do not need a subscription.

Genealogical Society Leaders: If your society is not a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, become one today and let your society’s leadership begin accessing FORUM and its 25+ year archives, which is just one of the many benefits of FGS membership.


  1. Lori Custer on March 19, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Is the Forum magazine available at bookstores or newstands?

    • Linda McCauley on March 19, 2019 at 1:12 am

      FORUM is a digital quarterly publication. It’s available two ways: 1) to board members of FGS member societies as part of the organization’s member benefits and 2) by subscription to individuals. Subscriptions are $15/year. Details about subscribing can be found here > Details about societies joining FGS can be found here > Please let us know if you have further questions. ~Linda McCauley, FGS Webmaster

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