Federation of Genealogical Society Board Appointments

For Immediate Release
April 22, 2011

Thomas MacEntee and Randy Whited Named Directors

April 22, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that Thomas MacEntee and Randy Whited have recently been appointed to its Board of Directors.
MacEntee will fill the unexpired term as Director (2013) recently held by Bobbi King who has resigned from the FGS Board. In addition, Randy Whited will complete MacEntee’s unexpired term as Director by Presidential Appointment (2011). King recently resigned from the Board of Directors in order to address other priorities. Her hard work and eagerness to help will be missed, but FGS looks forward to King remaining an important part of the organization as a non-board member.

Thomas MacEntee

Thomas MacEntee is a professional genealogist well-known for his focus on social media and technology. The founder of the GeneaBloggers.com website, MacEntee has been at the forefront of several new initiatives in the genealogy community including the use of virtual presentations/webinars to deliver genealogy-related educational content and Internet-based radio to reach out to new audiences interested in family history.

Randy Whited

Randy W. Whited, an avid genealogist for over 25 years, is an active member of several Texas genealogical organizations. As a member of the Austin Genealogical Society since 2005, Randy has been involved with the Society by teaching beginner’s classes, leading monthly and special programs and is currently serving a second term on its Board of Directors. Randy is in his fourth year as Editor of the AGS Quarterly, for which he has twice been honored by the Texas State Genealogical Society. Randy is also serving as 2nd Vice President of the Williamson County Genealogical Society and is frequently a speaker there. A lifelong Texan, Randy is an alumnus of the University of Texas, having graduated with a BA in Astronomy. He resides in Pflugerville, Texas with his wife and twin daughters.

Pat Oxley, President of FGS states, “I am thrilled to extend Thomas MacEntee’s Director position to a nearly full three year term and feel the talents and skill set he brings to FGS and the genealogy community are priceless as we continue to expand the FGS Technology initiative and our market presence. As well, Randy Whited will be an extremely talented addition to the FGS board with his experience with publications, technology and his strong interest in outreach.”

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.