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FHISO: One Community, One Standard - Come join us!

Updated on September 17, 2014

Family History Information Standards Organization - will you join us in our work? I hope so!

The Family History Information Standards Organization, or FHISO, is a newly-formed international organization created to develop standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. One community, one standard.

FHISO will be a nonprofit, community-owned organization. Members will work transparently and collaboratively to identify, develop and maintain voluntary, open, consensus-based technical standards for international use. FHISO standards will be publicly available at zero or minimal cost on a non-discriminatory basis. Anyone will be able to implement the standards for any purpose without royalty or license fees. I see these as strong positives for our international community.

FSG-FHIOS Founding Member Logo
FSG-FHIOS Founding Member Logo

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) becomes Founding Member

It was announced in Austin, Texas, and Gilbert, Arizona, today, 29 Oct 2012, that the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the Family History Information Standards Organization, Inc. (FHISO). Drew Smith has been designated as the key organizational member representative of FSG to FHISO as FHISO members from the global genealogical community work together in the development of standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information.

WikiTree becomed Founding Member
WikiTree becomed Founding Member

WikiTree becomes Founding Member

Click on the image, furnished by FHISO, to read the August 15, 2012, press release announcing that WikiTree has joined FHISO as a Founding Member, joining and RootsMagis, since May, to participate with other to develop standards. WikiTree founder, Chris Whitten, will be the organizational member representative.

RootsMagic becomes Founding Member
RootsMagic becomes Founding Member

RootsMagic becomes Founding Member

On July 27, 2012, FHISO announced that RootsMagic had finalized its plans to become a Founding Member of FHISO. Click on the image, furnished by FHISO, to read the press release. becomes founding member of FHISO

Mary 17 Press Release:

Press Release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE set to collaborate about community standards

Gilbert, AZ USA—May 17, 2012—Family History Information Standards Organisation, Inc. (FHISO) announced today that, Inc. has finalized its plans to become a founding member of the organisation. FHISO is a newly-formed international organisation created to develop standards for the digital representation of family history and genealogical information. As a founding member, will designate five organisational member representatives to participate with other FHISO members from the global genealogical community. is the world's largest online family history resource, with 1.9 million paying subscribers. More than 10 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 34 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized Web sites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

FHISO is a standards-setting organisation bringing the international family history and genealogical community together in a transparent, democratic forum for the purpose of developing information standards to solve today’s interoperability issues. To learn more about FHISO, visit our website, .

Please join us in welcoming and their member representatives to FHISO!


Anthony C. Proctor, FHISO Media Relations (

Robert M. Burkhead, FHISO Acting Chair (

Andrew G. Hatchett III, FHISO Acting Secretary (

FHISO Useful links to learn more about us - Family History Information Standards Organization

The Family History Information Standards Organization, or FHISO, is a newly-formed international organization created to develop standards for the digital representation and sharing of family history and genealogical information. Our mantra is: one community, one standard

Who should be interested in FHISO?

We hope you will be. Visit the website to learn more details

Membership will be available to all who participate in the global family history and genealogical community. I will share more about FHISO in future posts. FHISO's success depends on the voluntuary participation of all the global stakeholder groups. In the standard-setting process, there is no substitute for the active involvement of vendors, developers, technologists, users and family history or genealogy organizations. All of us must work together for the common good.

We would like your feedback and comments, below. Thank you.

We will adding modules of more information as the days and weeks go by. Stop by regularly.

FHISO Organizational Information - Click on the chart for more details on the FHISO website

FHISO organizational chart
FHISO organizational chart

The Board of Directors is the organisation's governing body. It establishes FHISO's goals and policies, which are more fully developed and implemented by standing committees. The board manages the organisation, including work to ensure proper funding and compliance with state and federal authorities. The board supports, but does not manage, the work of the operating committees.

Decision-making occurs throughout the process, largely based on a requirements-driven, consensus-building model. Standards established in the FHISO process become published and made publicly available. Following publication, the organisation provides education and other support to encourage adoption and use of the standards.



Are you ready to contribute as an active member?

BetterGEDCOM participants (currently 140+) formed this independent wiki community to define terms that genealogists, family historians and programmers use and to develop data sharing standards that software programs and websites would adopt to provide for seamless data sharing between users, and between users and websites. We invite all to participate in the discussions at BetterGEDCOM, looking forward to the day when all genealogy data can be shared without data loss.

The establishment of FHISO signals neither the replacement nor the end of BetterGEDCOM. FHISO will be the sponsor of the BetterGEDCOM wiki. The future role and function of the wiki will be determined as FHISO further documents its forum requirements.

FHISO Code of Conduct - It is modeled on the ISO Code of Conduct

Does your organization have a Code of Conduct?

Click the link and read carefully this well crafted Code of Conduct for all members of the FHISO community.

Family History and Genealogy on Amazon

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace
The novel is set on a farm and in a nearby fictional community located in the southern Missouri Ozark hills and near a fictional western branch of the Current River. The story revolves around a family dilemma following the death of their matriarch and the unusual will she left to insure the continuity of the farm, which has been in her family for over 150 years, intact. The year is 1987. The varied background and viewpoints of the adult children coming back to the Homeplace ignite controversy and expose long kept secrets as each family member searches for his or her share of the family legacy. While the older family members stake their claims on land and fortunes, the younger ones search for love and acceptance. Subplots involve AIDS Awareness in 1987 issues and a support group for domestic violence incidents. At the heart of this family life story is how we do or do not effectively communicate among family members - parents with children, among children and grandchildren and that we must each face the consequences of our individual actions. What happens when they come back to the Homeplace?

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