Federation of Genealogical Societies Board Appointments for 2012

For Immediate Release
January 9, 2012

Sue Tolbert and Lisa Alzo Named Directors

April 22, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that Lisa Alzo and Sue Tolbert have recently been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Sue Tolbert – Sue Tolbert served on the FGS board in 2011 and, among other accomplishments, did an outstanding job designing the new FGS booth. Recently, she has been assisting with the Membership Committee including answering emails and doing much of the busy work involved in keeping the FGS membership database up-to-date. From 2001 – July 2007 Tolbert worked as a Genealogy Reference Specialist in the local History and Genealogy Department of the Muskogee Public Library assisting researchers, primarily those interested in Creek and Cherokee lineage, and continues to work there as a volunteer. Currently Tolbert is the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Museum, a local history museum and archives in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Lisa Alzo – Lisa Alzo recently served on the FGS Nominating Committee during 2011. Alzo brings to FGS a strong publications and technology background and has agreed to take on the daunting task of Publications Committee chair at FGS. She is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience in the field of genealogy. Alzo earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of nine books, including: Finding Your Slovak Ancestors, Writing Your Family History Book, and the award-winning Three Slovak Women. Alzo has written hundreds of articles and her work has appeared in Family Tree Magazine, Family Chronicle, Internet Genealogy, APG Quarterly, among others. An internationally recognized speaker, she writes the The Accidental Genealogist blog (http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com). For more information visit http://www.lisaalzo.com.

Pat Oxley, President of FGS states, “I am delighted to have Sue Tolbert back on the FGS board for another year. Sue has been a huge asset to the FGS Board and is always willing to help where needed. And a big welcome to our newest board member Lisa Alzo. With her many talents in the area of publishing and technology, I know Lisa will be a great addition to the FGS Board."

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.