Wisconsin State Genealogical Society

Assistance with Running Your Society

Links to assist our Affiliate societies with the day to day operations of their organizations.

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) - Founded in 1976 to represent the members of hundreds of genealogical societies, FGS links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organizations.
  • Bylaws, Newsletter & Website Reviews - Free, objective review of your society's bylaws, newsletter and website for FGS members. (FGS membership and login required.)
  • Conferences - FGS holds annual conferences throughout the country with sessions on running your society and general genealogical research.
  • FGS Awards - Recognize volunteers by nominating them for national awards.
  • FGS Voice Blog - News from the Federation of Genealogical Societies and its members.
  • Find A Society - Members of FGS can enter extensive information about their Society to help promote themselves and their publications and programs and have their Society listed here.
  • FORUM - A subscription quarterly interactive electronic magazine from FGS providing current information essential to the informed genealogist.
  • My Society - FGS Radio - My Society is a weekly Internet radio program presented by FGS discussing the issues that confront genealogy societies.
  • Publications - Publications from FGS to assist with running your society.
  • Society Management--Now and Into the Future! - A publication from FGS officers David E. Rencher and Edgie E. Donakey on business and society strategies plus tips and tricks for managing your society.
  • Society Strategy Series - Each FGS Society Strategies Series paper presents a multi-page article offering suggestions and instructions for the management of genealogical societies, historical societies, and family associations. These papers been thoughtfully written and many are timeless classics to help you and your society grow and prosper.
  • Upcoming Society Events - FGS' calendar of events where you can advertise your society's all-day or multiple day events.
  • Webinars - Webinars dedicated to society management education.

Advertising & Promoting Your Society

Fundraising & Grants
  • CafePress.com - Design and sell merchandise such as T-shirts, mugs, stickers and more to raise money for your organization.
  • GoodSearch / GoodShop - Websites which give money to your charity or school when you search the web and shop online.
  • Google Ad Grants - Part of the Google for Nonprofits program, the Google Ad Grants program allows for ads for your society to appear in Google search results.
  • Grants for Cemetery Restoration & Preservation - Several companies offer restoration grants to help digitize cemetery records, perform cemetery mapping and perform restoration and preservation of grave markers and cemetery monuments.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Local History Grants for Collections Care & Access
  • Zazzle.com - Create your own products by adding artwork, messages, or colors in just seconds. Products can include T-shirts, clothing, phone cases, business cards, buttons, mugs, stickers, art and posters, tote bags, greeting cards and hats. Everything is made exactly to order, often within 24 hours.

Historic Preservation
  • The Association for Gravestone Studies - The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Through its publications, conferences, workshops and exhibits, AGS promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expands public awareness of the significance of historic gravemarkers, and encourages individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Historic Preservation - Resources on historic preservation, tax credits and funding, education, preservation professionals, and cemetery preservation.

Legislative Advocacy
  • GovTracks.US: Tracking the United States Congress - GovTrack.us is a tool by Civic Impulse, LLC to help the public research and track the activities in the U.S. Congress, promoting and innovating government transparency and civic education through novel uses of technology.
  • Public Records Access Monitoring - A website from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies' Public Records Access Monitoring Committee which monitors new federal and state legislation that might limit access to genealogical source materials.
  • Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), and the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and supported by the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG), the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG), the American Society of Genealogists (ASG), and the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen). Members of RPAC meet monthly to advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to vital records and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.
  • Tool Kit for State Liaisons - Downloadable PowerPoint presentation to assist RPAC state liaisons with learning how laws are created and monitoring legislation in their state.
  • Wisconsin Legislative Notification Service - Allows you to track legislative activities on proposals, committees, authors and subjects by receiving notification emails.
  • Wisconsin State Legislature Bills - Searches and links to the full-text of state bills and legislative proposals.

Newsletter Editing & Copyright Aids
  • Creative Commons - Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work–on conditions of your choice.
  • Copyright Advisory Network - Resources and tools provided by the American Library Association's Office for Informatin Technology Policy to help librarians and others learn about copyright.
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act - Wikipedia entry on the DMCA.
  • Genealogy Newsletter Editor's Corner This gathering spot will feature articles, clipart and fillers that can be used freely to make the job easier. Links will take you to those sites that are willing to share - and list the necessary steps, if permission is needed. It is hoped that all newsletter editors will share their articles, etc. that are appropriate for others to use. Anything posted here must have permission of the author or owner -- so that we can know that anything found here is legal to use. 
  • online-convert.com - Freely convert media files online from one format into another. Converters are provided for audio, video, image, document, ebook, and archive files.
  • Plagiarism Today - Resources and articles about content theft, copyright infringement and plagiarism.
  • U.S. Copyright Office
  • Wikimedia Commons - A database of millions of freely usable media files (images, audio and videos) to which anyone can contribute.

  • Genealogical Speakers Guild - A compilation of information about the members of the Guild as speakers making it easy for you to find them. You may search their Directory of Members alphabetically by speaker or by location of residence of speakers. Program planners may also wish to visit the "Speakers' Calendar" page to determine when speakers may be appearing in our state.
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Great Lakes Chapter - A listing of members of the APG Great Lakes Chapter, which covers the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania. Several members are speakers, as well as professional researchers.
  • Association of Professional Genealogists Northland Chapter - A listing of members of the APG Northland Chapter, which covers the states of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. Several members are speakers, as well as professional researchers.

  • EasyNetSitesEasyNetSites is a suite of web-based tools designed for today’s genealogical, familial and historical societies. The WSGS website is on the EasyNetSites platform.
  • How To Attend a Genealogy Webinar - Article by Thomas MacEnteee on the ins and outs of attending genealogy webinars.
  • Cyndi's List - Societies & Groups >> Social Networking
  • TechSoup.org - TechSoup is a nonprofit which provides other nonprofits and libraries with technology products and learning resources, including articles, blogs, free webinars, and forums led by expert hosts which are available to all users. Once qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access 400+ technology products from almost 80 donor partners — including Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec. All donated and discounted products are available for a small admin fee which is considerably lower than the retail prices of the products.