Project Reviews

Project Reviews

Among the benefits coming soon to member genealogy societies and family, history associations are a series of review programs designed to help your organization improve. Keep an eye on this page for news about when these reviews will begin following the October 2020 merger with FGS.

Revising Your Bylaws

Whether your organization is working to revise its bylaws or simply has a question on specific elements of your bylaws, we are committed to providing your organization with the tools to ensure continued success.

Two types of bylaws reviews will be available:

  1. Complete Review: Most often completed in preparation of an organization’s revision of their bylaws. A member of the committee will review and comment on your organization’s bylaws, suggest possible revisions, and provide other insights to assist in your revisions.)
  2. Sectional Review: A member of the committee will review a specific section of your bylaws, provide comments and suggestions and answer any specific questions you might have.

Please Note:The focus of this review is to raise potential issues and suggest possible approaches to resolve them. Reviewers, although experienced in the operation of genealogy societies and family history associations, will normally not be attorneys and our suggestions should not be considered as legal advice. No attempt will be made to assure compliance with the legal requirements for a particular jurisdiction, for which the advice of a qualified attorney should be sought.

Updating Your Newsletter

Your organization’s newsletter is the best way to keep your members informed about their benefits and what the organization is doing.

Two types of newsletter reviews will be available:

  1. Content Review: An organization can submit a newsletter and request a complete review or may ask a specific question(s). The complete review will include suggestions concerning design elements and format, clarity, and content.
  2. Conversion to Electronic Newsletter: If your organization wants to “go green” and produce an electronic newsletter, we can provide suggestions including type of format and/or how to create a quality newsletter using PDF software.

Improving Your Web Presence

Your website might be the first encounter a potential member has with your society. It is the hub of information and benefits for your current members and the entire genealogy community.

Your society or organization will be able to request a review of one, several, or all areas of your society’s site. The review will not provide detailed guidance for the redesign and programming of your site. Rather, reviewers will make suggestions for changes in design, layout, format, font use and contrast, ease of navigation and use, effective use of graphics, and inclusion of content.

Your society will still need to work with your webmaster or with a design consulting company to devise and implement changes to the actual website. However, we believe a website review will be helpful in highlighting areas of focus.