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How ISFHWE was founded

It was the dream of George H. Miller, a newspaper man and genealogy columnist for The Madison (Indiana) Courier, to form an organization that would meet at least once a year to share the agony and ecstasy of problems peculiar to genealogy writers.

The Council of Genealogy Columnists (CGC) was officially organized 13 May 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina, at a meeting held in conjunction with National Genealogical Society's annual Conference in the States. At the first business meeting an executive council of CGC - the ECGC - was formed and officers were elected to serve for one year. They were: Myra Vanderpool Gormley, of Los Angeles Times Syndicate, president; and Aulena Scearce Gibson, of Lawton (Oklahoma) Morning Press, secretary. In addition to the president and secretary, the following composed the first ECGC: Regina Hines, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Carol Collins, of South Bend, Indiana; Nick Vine Hall, of Sydney, Australia; and Lesta Westmore, of Omaha, Nebraska.

In May 2000 the name of the organization was officially changed to the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors (ISFHWE) to more accurately reflect the expanded role of the members of the organization.

Mission statement

To encourage high standards in genealogical journalism.
To support researchers and encourage international use of genealogy columns in researching a family's history.
To meet annually to discuss issues of mutual professional interest.
To encourage promotion of newspaper genealogy columns in areas not yet served.

2017 - 2018 Officers

President: Wevonneda Minis, South Carolina, president@isfhwe.org
1st Vice President - Membership: Gary M. Smith, Florida, 1vp@isfhwe.org
2nd Vice President - National Conference Chair: Janis Minor Forte, Illinois, 2vp@isfhwe.org
Secretary: Nancy Lauer, Maryland, secretary@isfhwe.org
Treasurer: Roccie Hill, Colorado, treasurer@isfhwe.org

2017 - 2018 Directors

Northeast Region: Debra Braverman, New York, northeastregion@isfhwe.org
Southeast Region: Shannon Combs-Bennett, Washington DC Metro Area, southeastregion@isfhwe.org
Central Region: Juliana Smith, Indiana, centralregion@isfhwe.org
Great Plains Region: Vacant, greatplainsregion@isfhwe.org
West Region: Jean Wilcox Hibben, California, westregion@isfhwe.org
International/At Large: Vacant, internationalregion@isfhwe.org
Columns Editor: Lauren Maehrlein, MA, New Jersey, editor@isfhwe.org
ISFHWE-L Mailing List Moderator: Robbi Ryan, Nebraska, mailinglistmoderator@isfhwe.com
Webmaster: Mark Beasley, South Carolina, webmaster@isfhwe.org

The First Executive Council of CGC [ECGC]

1987 NGS at Raleigh, NC, left to right: Regina Hines, Aulena Gibson, Carol Collins, Nick Vine Hall, Lesta Westmore and Myra Vanderpool Gormley
1987 ECGC founding council

ISFHWE awards

Display of award-winning columns at an NGS conference.
ISFHWE awards