Thursday, May 17, 2012 collaboration with FHISO

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FHISO regarding Please address all inquiries to Andrew G. Hatchett III, FHISO Acting Secretary. 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!


  1. This is exciting news! It's nice to see a large player in the genealogy space participating in efforts to standardize genealogy practices. Is the goal for FHISO to develop specific FHISO products or simply standards to which others will build such as with cellular/mobile technology standards created by ITU?

    Definitely looking forward to see what is to come from BetterGEDCOM body of work. Thanks for the update.

    1. F = Family
      H = History
      I = International
      S = Standards
      O = Organization