Thursday, October 23, 2014


D. Joshua Taylor Re-Elected President; New Board Members and Directors include Melissa Tennant, Linda McCauley, and David E. Rencher

October 23, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions:

  • Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director
  • Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions:

  • Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration
  • Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary
  • David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director
  • Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

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 and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at