Federation of Genealogical Societies
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Here you will find great free documents that you can download. They include the archives of the FGS Voice Newsletter, our free monthly newsletter with all of the news, links and information from and about the genealogical community, delivered directly to your inbox. It includes recent announcements and posts from the FGS Voice Blog, the FGS Conference News Blog, and the Records Preservation and Access Blog. You'll learn about upcoming episodes of the FGS My Society Radio Show and coming features in the next issue of the FGS Forum, our quarterly electronic magazine. Plus, there's always a link to the FGS Calendar of Events, and much more.
 
You'll also find the Society Strategy Series white papers, filled with great ideas for growing and expanding the success of your genealogical society, historical society, or family association.
 
We will add other free materials over time so please check back often.

 
 
 
S1-01: Legalities of Establishing a Society 04/23/2012
  S1-01: Legalities of Establishing a Society (Kaufman)  
S1-02: The Policy and Procedure Manual 04/23/2012
  S1-02: The Policy and Procedure Manual (Kaufman)  
S1-03: The Society Newsletter 04/23/2012
  S1-03: The Society Newsletter (Luebking)  
S1-04: Projects for Fundraising 04/23/2012
  S1-04: Projects for Fundraising (Luebking)  
S1-05: Community Service Projects 04/23/2012
  S1-05: Community Service Projects (Luebking)  
S1-06: How to Run an Election 04/23/2012
  S1-06: How to Run an Election (Carter)  
S1-07: A First Families Project 04/23/2012
  S1-7: A First Families Project (Graham)  
S1-11: Long-Range Planning 04/23/2012
  S1-11: Long-Range Planning (Rencher, Witcher & Warren)  
S1-12: Is There an Office in Your Society's Future? 04/23/2012
  S1-12: Is There an Office in Your Society's Future? (Rencher)  
S1-13: Now That You've Attracted Those Members, Keep Them! 04/23/2012
  S1-13: Now That You've Attracted Those Members, Keep Them! (Slater-Putt)  
S1-14: Get the Word Out! Hints for Publicity Chairs 04/23/2012
  S1-14: Get the Word Out! Hints for Publicity Chairs (Swisher)  
S1-15: Volunteers: Finding Them & Keeping Them 04/23/2012
  S1-15: Volunteers: Finding Them & Keeping Them (Clifford)  
S1-16: Creating Society Archives 04/23/2012
  S1-16: Creating Society Archives (Rubeck)  
S1-17: The Society in Crisis! 04/23/2012
  S1-17: The Society in Crisis! (Slater-Putt)  
S1-18: Creating a Member Handbook 04/23/2012
  S1-18: Creating a Member Handbook (Frelinger)  
S1-19: Time Management 04/23/2012
  S1-19: Time Management (Slater-Putt)  
S1-20: A Publication Strategy for Societies 04/23/2012
  S1-20: A Publication Strategy for Societies (Clifford)  
S1-21: Installation of Officers 04/23/2012
  S1-21: Installation of Officers (Lindley)  
S1-22: Editing and Proofreading Society Publications 04/23/2012
  S1-22: Editing and Proofreading Society Publications (Freilich)  
S1-23: Five Steps to Organizing a Society 04/23/2012
  S1-23: Five Steps to Organizing a Society (Luebking)  
S1-24: Put Your Best Foot Forward: How Small Societies Get Noticed 04/23/2012
  S1-24: Put Your Best Foot Forward: How Small Societies Get Noticed (Broglin)  
S1-25: Access to Public Records: One Person Can Make a Difference 04/23/2012
  S1-25: Access to Public Records: One Person Can Make a Difference (Rencher)  
S1-26: Growing Your Society: An Outline of Ideas 04/23/2012
  S1-26: Growing Your Society: An Outline of Ideas (Broglin & King)  
S1-27: A Society Project: GPS Locating Cemeteries - Making Cemeteries Easy To Find 04/23/2012
  S1-27: A Society Project: GPS Locating Cemeteries - Making Cemeteries Easy To Find (Kniebes)  
S1-28: When Disciplinary Action is Required: An Outline of Procedure 04/23/2012
  S1-28: When Disciplinary Action is Required: An Outline of Procedure (King)  
S1-29: Delegate ABCs 04/23/2012
  S1-29: Delegate ABCs (Broglin & Luebking)  
S1-30: A Genealogist's Call to Legislative Action 04/23/2012
  S1-30: A Genealogist's Call to Legislative Action (King)  
S2-01: A Strategy for Legislative Change 04/23/2012
  S2-1: A Strategy for Legislative Change (Brissee)  
S2-02: Planning & Conducting Meetings 04/23/2012
  S2-2: Planning & Conducting Meetings (Kaufman)  
S2-03: Leadership Styles 04/23/2012
  S2-3: Leadership Styles (Rising)  
S2-04: A Lakeside Retreat 04/23/2012
  S2-4: A Lakeside Retreat (Norris)  
S2-05: Boardsmanship! Nine Principles 04/23/2012
  S2-5: Boardsmanship! Nine Principles (Norris)  
S3-01: Parliamentary Procedure 04/23/2012
  S3-1: Parliamentary Procedure (Miller)  
S3-02: Ten Ways to Market Your Non-Profit Like a Business 04/23/2012
  S3-2: Ten Ways to Market Your Non-Profit Like a Business (Swisher)  
S3-03: Moving Your Collection to a Public Library 04/23/2012
  S3-3: Moving Your Collection to a Public Library (Steele)  
S3-04: Writing a State Guidebook from Cover to Cover 04/23/2012
  S3-4: Writing a State Guidebook from Cover to Cover (Lenzen)  
S3-05: Society Web Sites: Plain and Simple 04/23/2012
  S3-5: Society Web Sites: Plain and Simple (Lowe)  
S4-01: Preparing a Budget 04/23/2012
  S4-1: Preparing a Budget (Rencher)  
S4-02: Does Your Society Need Insurance? 04/23/2012
  S4-02: Does Your Society Need Insurance? (Mokotoff)  
S4-03: Incorporation and IRS Regulations 04/23/2012
  S4-3: Incorporation and IRS Regulations (Emmert)  
S4-04: Maximize Your Volunteer Donations 04/23/2012
  S4-4: Maximize Your Volunteer Donations (Trindle)  
S4-05: Bookkeeping 101 for Genealogical Societies 04/23/2012
  S4-5: Bookkeeping 101 for Genealogical Societies (Trindle)  
S5-01: Minutes: Taking and Preparing 04/23/2012
  S5-01: Minutes: Taking and Preparing (Kaufman)  
S5-02: Correspondence: General Principles 04/23/2012
  S5-2: Correspondence: General Principles (Kaufman)  
S5-03: Filing and Maintaining Records 04/23/2012
  S5-3: Filing and Maintaining Records (Kaufman)  
S6-01 & 02: Seasonal Program Ideas 04/23/2012
  S6-1 & 2: Seasonal Program Ideas (Luebking)  
S6-03: Multi-Track Programs 04/23/2012
  S6-3: Multi-Track Programs (Broglin)  
S6-04: When Your Speaker is Your Program 04/23/2012
  S6-4: When Your Speaker is Your Program (Allen & Rising)  
S6-05 & 06: Planning Successful Seminars & Workshops 04/23/2012
  S6-5 & 6: Planning Successful Seminars & Workshops (Hatcher)  
S6-07: Perfecting the Art of Planning a Local Seminar 04/23/2012
  S6-7: Perfecting the Art of Planning a Local Seminar (Finley)  
S6-08: Summer Camp for Genealogists 04/23/2012
  S6-8: Summer Camp for Genealogists (Freilich)  
S6-09: Increasing Attendance at Your Seminar or Conference 07/09/2012
  S6-9: Increasing Attendance at Your Seminar or Conference (Stuart-Warren)  
S7-01 & 2: Genealogical Relations with Libraries 04/23/2012
  S7-1 & 2: Genealogical Relations with Libraries (Parker)  
S8-01: Finding News: How to Fill Newsletters and Journals 04/23/2012
  S8-1: Finding News: How to Fill Newsletters and Journals (Luebking)