I’m Featured in A Major Genealogical Magazine


This is so cool – I’m featured in the cover article of a national genealogy magazine – FGS Forum!  FORUM is a publication of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and in their latest issue one of my projects for the TNGenWeb is highlighted. The article is based on an interview I did with Thomas MacEntee for Hack Genealogy where I discuss how I’ve used WordPress to build an site that houses hundreds of biographical profiles of individuals with Tennessee connections. Learn more over on the TNGenWeb blog.

Then, on top of that, as I continued to read through the rest of the issue, I saw that in her article “Blogging Tutorials and Resources,” Amy Coffin includes a nice summary of my WordPress webinar series I did last year with DearMyrtle and mentions my Using WordPress page (which has links to the webinar series). Thanks Amy for the inclusion!

I am really pleased to be able to share this project, and that Amy has shared my WordPress learning resources. I love using technology for my hobbies, and hopefully, others can learn from some of what I’m doing and sharing. I’m tickled pink about being all in this issue :-)

I’ll be on FGS Radio to Discuss WordPress for Genealogy

Today I am appearing on an episode of FGS Radio to discuss how WordPress can be used for your genealogical society website (or, historical society, family society, USGenWeb site, etc.).  I am delighted to have this opportunity to share with anyone whose interested, my love of WordPress! The show starts at 2pm Eastern Time, and afterwards will be available for listening at your leisure.

I have used WordPress extensively for both genealogy and non-genealogy sites and I continue to be amazed at how much can be accomplished with it.  To date, I either run, help run, or offer support for about 70 WordPress sites; I gladly look forward to working with more.  WordPress offers many advantages and can truly help making your website maintenance a no-brainer while at the same time facilitating high engagement with your user base.

You can listen to the episode by clicking on the image below:

I hope you find it of use! In the future, I hope to offer more information on how to maximize its potential.

For now, here are some additional resources that may come in handy:

  • WordPress.org – access themes, plugins, documentation, and the WordPress forums
  • WordCamp – meetings that occur around the country by groups of people interested in WordPress
  • Lorelle on WordPress – she blogs and writes all about the software

Additionally, here are a few examples of genealogy websites that use the WordPress platform:

I welcome communication from anyone interested in using WordPress for their genealogy site.  Just send me an email to taneya@gmail.com.

You can also request access to the Facebook Group for Genealogical Society Webmasters where we share tips, suggestions, etc. – not only on WordPress, but much more.

My FGS Involvement

With the New Year comes another new involvement for me — I’ve been asked by Randy Whited, a Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), to join the FGS Education Committee! I was honored to be asked and of course had to accept. :)

The FGS Education Committee produces the weekly FGS radio show and the ongoing webinar series. Our focus could expand in the future and I believe this will be another opportunity to increase my skill sets and gain even further experience in melding my technology + genealogy interests.

And crazily enough, my 1st week as a member, Randy asked if I’d be interested in being a guest on the FGS radio show! So, today, I was a guest, along with Paula Hinkel of the Southern California Genealogical Society. Our topic of discussion was Crafting an Effective Member Survey.  Paula has professional experience as a market researcher, in addition to her extensive genealogical expertise, and I contributed some information I too have learned in my professional career.

I very much enjoyed the show and was so tickled to be online like that! We hope that those who listened learned something that they can then take back to their societies.  And, if you have suggestions and/or feedback, please let us know by commenting on the FGS Voice Blog.  The FGS radio shows are an excellent resource – you can listen to past episodes online, on your smartphone via the FGS Voice Android app, or via iTunes.

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