Federation of Genealogical Societies

About FGS

The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by:

  • serving the needs of its member societies, libraries, archives, and other member organizations,
  • providing products and services needed by member societies, and
  • marshaling the resources of its member organizations.

FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies.

FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. The FGS Voice blog and the monthly Voice newsletter provide time-sensitive information. FGS also publishes the FGS Wiki based on an extensive series of Society Strategy Series Papers, covering topics about effectively organizing and operating a genealogical society. We provides helpful services to our member societies such as reviews of bylaws, newsletters, and websites, making suggestions for improvements. The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) monitors legislative activities at the state and national level to prevent closure and access reduction to important records of genealogical value.

FGS is actively engaged in preservation projects, including the Preserve the Pensions Project which is raising funds to facilitate the digitization of U.S. War of 1812 pension files at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). These documents are being digitized, indexed, and added to Fold3.com where they will be permanently free to access.  

FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference - four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics.