The Fall 2019 Issue of FORUM is now available. Log in to your FGS account to access the magazine. Here’s a peek at what is inside.

Feature Articles
In “What is a Special Library Collection? Military & History Collections in the United States,” Mary J. Manning, BFA, MSBVE, MLS, explains what you can find in these types of collections and why to add them to your toolkit.

“Building Context and Making Connections: Using JSTOR for Genealogy” by D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS, shows how using journals can help to tell the story of our ancestors and how to use JSTOR by searching topics and locations.

Joseph F. Martin tells how he discovered his grandfather, who didn’t want to be found, using DNA and traditional genealogy in “The Invisible Man: Francis Wesley Williams.”

In her article, “Researching a “Burned County,” Melissa Barker shares tips and techniques to locate records and information you may have thought were lost.

Want to start an indexing project? Banai Lynn Feldstein shares how Crowd Sourced Indexing can help in  “CSI: Indexing for Societies Made Easier.”

FGS 2019 Awards 

Highlights of FGS 2019

And that’s not all.
3….President’s Message: “Volunteering: A Different Perspective” by Faye Stallings, CG

5….Editor’s Message: “New Horizons” by Julie Cahill Tarr

42…Spotlight on Member Projects: “Writing Group, German Genealogy & More” by Cari A. Taplin, CG

45…Ethics & Standards: “Boots on the Ground” by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

48…Next Generation: “Coping with Impostor Syndrome” by Shannon Combs-Bennett

51…Records Preservation & Access: “NY Adoptees, Holocaust Records & More” by Linda McCleary, MLS

51…Forensic Genealogy: “Forensic Genealogy, Clients & a Forensic Genealogy Business” by Helen Haldeman Daglas


68…Before You Go . . .

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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.

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