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 more than 500 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 Awards - Recognize volunteers by nominating them for national awards.
  • FGS Voice - News from the Federation of Genealogical Societies and its members.
  • My Society - FGS Radio - My Society is a weekly Internet radio program presented by FGS discussing the issues that confront genealogy societies.
  • Society Hall - Members of FGS can enter extensive information about their Society to help promote themselves and their publications and programs.
  • 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.
  • Webinars - Webinars dedicated to society management education.

Advertising & Promoting Your Society

Fundraising & Grants
  • CafePress.com - From the latest pop culture phenomenons and political scandals to favorite hobbies, activities, causes and interests, it's easy to find one-of-a-kind designs and merchandise at CafePress.com. Through some 2 million shops, customers can choose from over 325 million products on every subject imaginable from apparel and drinkware to posters, electronic accessories and more. Plus users can make their own designs with easy online design tools, then buy them, share them or sell them in their own online shops.
  • GoodSearch / GoodShop - Websites which give money to your charity or school when you search the web and shop online.
  • Google Grants Program
  • Grants for Restoring Cemetery Monuments
  • Wisconsin Historical Society Local History Grants for Collections Care & Management
  • Zazzle.com - Zazzle is the world's leading platform for quality custom products. Zazzle's proprietary technology enables individuals, professional artists, and major brands, including Disney and Hallmark, to create and offer billions of unique products for customers worldwide. Zazzle's rapidly expanding product base covers every topic imaginable and includes t-shirts, business cards, invitations, in addition to a variety of custom gifts. Upon creation, products are instantly and accurately visualized on the site and offered in the Zazzle marketplace. When ordered, each product is made on-demand, typically 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.
  • Preserve Wisconsin's Historic Places - Learn how the Society can work with you to identify and protect archaelogical sites, burial places and historic buildings in Wisconsin. As the federally designated State Historic Preservation Office, we supply a variety of preservation tools for you whether you are a property owner, a government official, or an interested citizen.

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.
  • Occupy Genealogy - Our ancestors were the catalysts for change in their time and place in history. Occupy Genealogy is a movement providing news,resources and a place for dialog for change.
  • 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) - A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Genealogical Society whose mission is to advise the genealogical community on ensuring proper access to historical records of genealogical value in whatever media they are recorded, on means to affect legislation, and on supporting strong records preservation policies and practices.
  • Tool Kit for State Liaisons - PowerPoint 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 Legislature Data - Legislative documents search.
  • Wisconsin State Legislature Bills - Searches and links to the full-text of state bills and legislative proposals.

Newsletter Editing & Copyright Aids
  • Copyright: Essential Reading - This booklet provides information on copyright in the UK and abroad and highlights the processes involved in this important area of intellectual property.
  • Creative Commons - "Creative Commons develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation."
  • 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.
  • DocMorph - Electronic Document Conversion The DocMorph Web site and MyMorph software are two free conversion tools that allow users to convert more than 50 types of files into alternative, usable formats. DocMorph allows users to convert files one at a time into PDF, TIFF, or text through their Web browsers. In addition, we have created a mashup using DocMorph and Goolge Language Translation, which permits DocMorph users to translate uploaded files into many languages. In addition, we have created a mashup using DocMorph and Google Language Translation, which permits DocMorph users to translate uploaded files into many languages. This extends the file types translatable by Google to include scanned image files (e.g., image PDF, TIFF, and JPEG2000). The downloadable MyMorph client software replaces the browser for the case where users need to mass migrate files to PDF, TIFF, or text.
  • How to Convert a Word Document to a PDF File
  • 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.

  • How To Attend a Genealogy Webinar - Article by Thomas MacEnteee on the ins and outs of attending genealogy webinars.
  • FamilySearch Research Wiki New Contributors Training - If you have experience with family history but are new to using the Wiki, this meeting is for you! You may receive support in contributing to the Wiki, which helps others with direction in their personal research. Live online training sessions are held on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00 PM CST.
  • 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 more than 40 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.