How ISFHWE was founded   

It was the dream of George H. Miller, a newspaper man and genealogy columnist for The Madison Courier (Indiana), 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 Morning Press (Oklahoma), 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.


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