Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Adds A Weekly “Radio Show” Focusing on Genealogical Society Issues

Hi Everyone!

The Genealogy Guys Podcast made me aware of a new feature that has just been developed by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  The FGS is creating a weekly “radio show” that you can participate in directly live when it is in progress.  The name of the show is titled “My Society”.  It is being offered by a web site that goes by the URL of


It appears that to participate live for the scheduled broadcast, all you have to do is dial into the number that is posted for the program.  I did not see any pre-registration noted for the next scheduled upcoming broadcast.

It also appears that if do not participate live for the event, you will be able to access and listen to the archived copy of the radio show broadcast within a week after the live broadcast.  Listening to this copy does not require you to register for the service or provide any information.  You will however face an initial 30 second “commercial” you will need to endure before the actual archived broadcast starts.

This “audio” service just started on Saturday, April 23, 2011.  It appears that all “live broadcasts” take place on Saturdays from 1 PM to 2 PM (Central Time).  The shows appear to be hosted by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers.  Thomas hosts the show and presents the speaker and interacts with the speaker during the broadcast.

The titles of the two shows that have already been broadcast were “Bringing Genealogy Societies Into the 21st Century” with Kurt Witcher and “Genealogy Society Initiatives That Work” by Kathryn M. Doyle.

It does appear that the topical material provided focuses on aspects of genealogical societies and not on individual research topics.  So you will be actually listening to material on genealogy from the perspective of a society and not on how to find Uncle Charley in your own research.

As researchers we should always consider joining a genealogy society that fits with our areas of research.  Being a member allows you to see how a society works on behalf of its members.  It makes sense to have these topical discussions on genealogy societies offered by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  We all want our own societies to be the best they can be.  This sure seems like a natural fit for the FGS to offer such a “radio program” on topics that can do just that to improve the performance of genealogical societies.

Visit the link I provided above to get you to this newly offered service by the FGS.  Listen to the two archived broadcasts that are already available at the site.  Consider participating on Saturday afternoons when the broadcasts are live.

Genealogy is getting more and more exciting each day through the efforts of Thomas MacEntee and the focus on using technology to share information with fellow researchers and with fellow society members.  This service is just another adjunct similar to “webinars” and “podcasts” that can provide the researcher with great topical insights in the world of genealogy.

I personally always like where “archived” material can be accessed.  But if you want “instant” access to good topical material you can always participate live.

Hats off to the FGS for creating this new “blog radio” show!

Hats off also to be able to get a perspective on genealogy from the society side of genealogy.

Good luck to the FGS and many thanks to Thomas MacEntee who is a driving force behind using all of this technology to make it easier for researchers and society members to be on top of things in the world of genealogy.

Check out this new feature.  Click on the link I provided above.

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

One response to “Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Adds A Weekly “Radio Show” Focusing on Genealogical Society Issues

  1. Thanks Tony for the mention. Just to clarify, you don’t need to dial any phone number to listen to the FGS Radio show. All you need is a computer with an Internet connection and a set of speakers or headphones to hear the audio.

    Complete listener instructions can be found here: http://voice.fgs.org/2011/05/how-to-listen-to-fgs-radio.html

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