Federation of Genealogical Societies

FGS 2014 Election

Executive Committee – Two-year term ending in 2016
PresidentD. Joshua Taylor
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the current President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and has served in various capacities on the FGS Board of Directors since 2008. Joshua was the national conference co-chair for the FGS/ISGS 2011 Conference (Springfield) is the national conference co-chair for the FGS 2015 Conference (Salt Lake City). A professional genealogist, Joshua has appeared on Who Do You Think You Are? (US) and on the hit PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. The Director of Family History at Findmypast.com, Joshua was previously on the staff of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He holds an MA in History and an MLS in Archival Management from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts.
VP Administration – Melissa C. Tennant
Melissa C. Tennant began her career as a genealogy librarian in Tampa, Florida in 2001. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. She previously supervised the History & Genealogy Collection for the Hillsborough County Public Library in Florida, which included managing the collection, programs, and services at the downtown facility and two satellite branch locations and was an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida’s MLS program, teaching Introduction to Genealogical Research from 2006-2007. Melissa pursued her interest in genealogy instruction and joined the staff of The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 2007, where she co-coordinates the programs and seminars held by The Center and focuses on southeastern United States research and the use of emerging technologies in genealogy. She has presented at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, Indiana Genealogical Society Conference, Ohio Genealogical Society Conference and Southern California Genealogy Jamboree. Melissa was promoted to Assistant Manager in 2012 and serves as a Director on the Federation of Genealogical Societies Board.
SecretaryLinda McCauley
Linda McCauley retired from Kentucky State Government's Cabinet for Families and Children in 1999. During her 27-year career, she held several positions, including Internal Policy Analyst for the Kentucky Automated Management and Eligibility System.  A member of several genealogical and historical societies, Linda is the Vice President of Kentucky Genealogical Society and also serves KGS as chair of the Technology and Program Committees and as webmaster. Linda is the Marketing Committee Chair for FGS 2015 scheduled for Salt Lake City in February and was appointed to the FGS Board in May.
Board of Directors (4) – Three-year term ending in 2017

Director - Cherie Bush
Cherie Bush is employed by FamilySearch in Salt Lake City, UT as a Marketing Manager.  A genealogy enthusiast for many years, she has done extensive research in the states of Missouri and Kansas. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in business with an emphasis in marketing.  She assisted in the creation of the AAHGS Utah Chapter in 2006.  She is currently serving as the Vice-President of Administration of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
Director - Rorey Cathcart
Rorey Cathcart is owner of The Who Hunter LLC, first launched in New York in 2012 and reconstituted in South Carolina in 2013. Cathcart specializes in Charleston, Richland, and Fairfield counties but researches statewide, with an emphasis on Irish, Scots-Irish immigration, and broader migration patterns into and out of the state. She is Interim Editor of the Low Country Courier and a member of APG, NGS, the Charleston Chapter-South Carolina Genealogical Society, the South Carolina Historical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.  She is a ProGen 19 Alumna and is On The Clock for BCG Certification.  She holds a BS degree in Biology with a Chemistry minor from Rutgers University. She is also the current Marketing Chair of the FGS Preserve the Pensions (War of 1812) project.

Director – Deborah Lichtner Deal
Deborah Lichtner Deal is a co-director of Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) Board of Trustees serving six southeastern Ohio counties. Deborah has served as the chairperson of the OGS week-long Summer Workshop. She was the 2010 Exhibits Chair for the annual OGS conference and promotes OGS through their Chapter Management Seminar.  Deb is co-chair of the 2015 OGS conference to be held in Columbus Ohio in April 2015. She is a Past President of the Muskingum County Chapter, and has served as chapter Newsletter Editor, Cemetery Chairman and Library Volunteer Coordinator. She was secretary and is vice-president of the Morgan County and Noble County Genealogical Societies.  Ms. Deal is a member of APG, NGS, NEHGS and many state and county genealogical societies. As the organizational person for the Lichtner Family Society, she publishes their family history, organizes reunions and is editor of their newsletter.
Director – Kim S. Harrison
Kim S. Harrison of Pleasant Grove, UT is employed by Ancestry as the Senior Account Executive for the Ancestry Library Team.  My role at work has given me many opportunities to network with interesting people and projects.  I believe this experience has given me a unique background that will be key in being an active FGS Director.  My personal journey of tracing my family story started in 1974.  Because of my growing passion for genealogy and frustration on record access it became the catalyst for me to serve in many organizations to make a difference.  I have held numerous board positions for local, state and national organizations within the genealogical societies, lineage organization and library association. I am Past President of the Michigan Genealogical Council. My background experience working on nonprofit boards include president, vice president, membership chair, director, and working on state and national conferences.  One of my current roles is conference co-chair of the FGS 2015/RootsTech with Josh Taylor.  My belief has always been that you need to serve to honor those who served before you but also to pay it forward.  These are changing but exciting times in the genealogy community, and I believe that FGS is a key player in how we all will network with each other.  I look forward to serving as an active director for FGS.

Director – Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt
Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CGâ„ .  Owner of Kimmitt Genealogical Research in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Kimmitt specializes in Massachusetts, with a focus on immigrant origins, dual citizenship, US Army repatriation cases, heir searching, and lineage society applications (Mayflower, DAR, Colonial Dames). Currently under contract for US Army repatriation cases at SNA International, she was previously employed by the American History Company. Kimmitt has served one term on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) where she also edits the FGS Voice Newsletter. She is on the Board of Assistants of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, and is immediate past president of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC), past president of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), and an ex-regent of the Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Worcester. Her website is at www.kimmittgenealogy.com, and she writes a blog called  PollyBlog at http://www.pk-pollyblog.blogspot.com.

Director – Shelley Murphy
Shelley Murphy, aka “familytreegirl”, a native of Michigan residing in Central Virginia, Shelley has been an avid genealogist for 25+ years researching the Davis, Marsh, Goens/Goins/Goings, Roper, Boyer, Worden, Cureton, and Murphy family lines. She is a Coordinator and faculty for the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). She presents genealogy workshops at the local community college, state & national genealogy conferences.  Murphy is known for her inspiring and interactive “Getting Started”, "So What" Methods and Strategies for analyzing documents, “Time and File management” along with interesting problem-solving methodology lectures. Shelley currently has 20+ publications with Charlottesville Genealogy Examiner, familytreegirl.com blog, and the Central Virginia Heritage, a publication of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Shelley is a founding member & current President of the AAHGS Chapter of Central Virginia & former Vice-President of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association (CVGA) and a proud daughter of the Jack Jouett Chapter of DAR. Shelley holds memberships with the National Genealogical Society (NGS), Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Central Virginia History Researchers (CVHR) and various historical societies and genealogy groups throughout the USA. She holds a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership & works as an adjunct professor for Averett University, Virginia. Shelley’s tagline is “Know your roots, they are long and strong.”
Director – David E. Rencher
David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, is employed by the Family History Department in Salt Lake City as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is an Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and a Certified GenealogistSM with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is the Irish course coordinator and instructor for
the Samford University Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1980 with a BA in Family and Local History. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 1997-2000, a national genealogical society umbrella organization, a past-president of the Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) 1993-1995 and a Fellow of that organization. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, London and is a vice-president of the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU). He is the immediate past Chair of the joint Federation of Genealogical Societies and National Genealogical Society committee for Record Preservation and Access and serves as the Secretary for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, and as  trustee for the Umpstead, Jr. and Elizabeth Jemima Philpott Rencher and the Winslow Farr, Sr. Family Organizations. He is vice-president of the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History and an instructor for the British Institute.

Director – Randy W. Whited
Randy W. Whited is an avid researcher for over thirty years, Randy Whited is active in the genealogical community. In addition to serving as on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies, Randy chairs its Technology committee and is Program Co-Chair for the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio. He is also a columnist for the FGS FORUM, authoring its "Gadget Guy" series. As part of his role as Director for Development for the Texas State Genealogical Society, Randy is revamping the society’s web presence and its online membership services. A data and technology junkie, Randy has over 20 years of experience in information technology and business intelligence. He earned his BA in Natural Science from the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Astronomy.