Thursday, October 11, 2012

What does FHISO mean to me?

I'm just an average genealogy researcher who happens to have been around a long time, and I have a blog. My reason for supporting the Family History Information Standards Organization (FHISO) is simple:

I want to share my genealogy data and scanned images seamlessly with my cousin, who doesn't happen to use the same genealogy program.

Long time readers may remember I was a co-founder of the BetterGEDCOM project which formalized into FHISO just as I was stepping down for a more generalized approach in my support.

Ol' Myrt here values across-the-board acceptance of one data standard, encompassing genealogy software, genealogy websites and whatever new technologies come down the pike.

That way, when I share data back and forth with Russ, we aren't experiencing

  • dropping an ancestor or two 
  • scrambling source notes or citations
  • forgetting about the scanned images attached to each ancestor
Here's the link to press releases about genealogy entities that have currently joined this international effort:

If you don't see your favorite genealogy website, app or desktop software in this group, WRITE to their tech support people and tell them YOU support One Community, One Standard and want them to as well.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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  1. As you can see in the press release one of the leading Dutch genealogy sites is now a founding member of the FHISO. Hopefully more will follow!

  2. We hope so, too, Peter. I know Myrt is smiling about today's announcement. Some of us remember a few years back and Myrt's intent that any standards development work be done by the international community. I can almost hear her--Genealogy is international! We are international! Our standards work must be participatory and international! Genealogy is ...

    Bless you, Dear, DearMyrt.