Society data initiative

A joint initiative between the Federation of Genealogical Societies and to preserve, digitize, and provide access to society publications.

Society Partners

New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYGB)

The NYGB is the most authoritative source for research on New York families and families with New York connections. Founded in 1869, it is the largest genealogical society in New York and its only statewide organization. The NYGB engages with the dynamic, fast growing, rapidly changing field of family history through accurate, thorough research and the highest standards of scholarship.

Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS)

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1986 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization

Williamson County (Texas) Genealogical Society

Located in Round  Rock, Texas, the Williamson County Genealogical Society (WCGS)  is a partner with the Round Rock Public  Library, who  houses and maintains their  joint collection of genealogical materials. The society offers monthly meetings, an annual seminar, and each quarter publishes The Chisholm  Trail.

Learn more about our society partners 


Partnership & Collaboration
Grounded in our UK roots, we believe in building long-term relationships with its partners. With findmypast, your society has the opportunity to become a trusted partner of a global network of family history brands along with other leading institutions including the National Archives (Kew), the British National Library, and others.

Membership Growth
As a partner, we will host a dedicated landing page for your society at Created in conjunction with your society, these pages can contain key information to promote your society’s growth, such as links to your website and an invitation to join your society.

Wider Reach
As part of our global collections, millions of family history enthusiasts will engage with your society’s resources. Each individual record will clearly identify your society as the source of the data, expanding your society’s reach.

Promotional Activities
We will work directly with your society and the Federation of Genealogical Societies to develop local, regional, and national publicity campaigns that will highlight your society and its resources.

Your society has multiple options to generate revenue, providing your organization with additional funds to support your mission. Options include receiving royalties based upon individual record views, direct licensing fees, and other opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1.  How will findmypast use our data?
  2. With your permission, record sets you provide will become part of the searchable global collections under the findmypast brand.  Each collection will be clearly branded with your society’s name and made available to customers throughout the world.

  3. What can my society expect from royalty payments and licensing fees?
  4. Because each collection is unique, we will negotiate directly with your society to determine exact royalty amounts and/or licensing fees. Amounts are determined on a competitive scale, ensuring equal treatment among all partners.

  5. What format should our materials be in? 
  6. Data that is already in electronic format, such as a table, spreadsheet, or database is strongly encouraged. Findmypast will consider a limited number of projects that require digitization on an individual basis.

  7. What about our society’s rights, permissions, and copyright?
  8. Your society maintains the full copyright to any materials you license to findmypast. We will work with your society to negotiate a license to use the data for a specific period (typically three to five years), with the option to renew the agreement. Your society should ensure it holds the full rights to any materials it licenses to findmypast. Representatives from the Federation of Genealogical Societies can assist in answering questions regarding the copyright status of your society’s materials.

  9. What type of data might my society contribute?
  10. We are excited to work with societies of all types, and as such is open to a variety of potential data sets (large or small). To begin, your society might consider contributing one or two collections in the following categories:

    • Abstracts and Indexes
    • Birth, Marriage, and Death Records
    • Cemeteries
    • Newspapers and Obituaries
    • Bible Records
    • Early Settlers and First Families Projects
    • Land Record
    • Court Records
    • Wills, Probate, and Estate
    • Tax Records
    • State and Local Census Records
    • Society Publications (i.e. newsletters or journals)
    • Other Specialized Records

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

Founded in 1976, the Federation of Genealogical Societies represents more than 500 genealogical societies and their members throughout the world. The Federation links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. As part of its activities, the Federation publishes FORUM, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. In addition, the Federation sponsors activities at family history events throughout the United States, and produces a wide variety of educational content for its members. The Federation also links the genealogical community through its annual conference – four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics.

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