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Shipley Munson Appointed Advisor with International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) has appointed Shipley Munson, of Sandy, UT, as IAJGS Advisor. Shipley will advise and assist the IAJGS board of directors in refining and implementing its strategic plan.

Shipley’s vision for IAJGS includes continued state-of-the-art technological support for conferences with Internet streaming provided by FamilySearch and strong Jewish Genealogical Societies worldwide. Shipley will lead development of an IAJGS “society-in-a-box” as well as a “conference-in-a-box” for member societies to use to grow their membership base. He has prior experience implementing the “conference-in-a-box” capability through the 800 remote RootsTech conferences he supported and helped organize. The “society-in-a-box” would take advantage of best practices he observed working closely with over 500 societies in the 1940 US Census indexing effort where 170,000 new indexers were recruited and managed to index and arbitrate the entire collection in only three months. Shipley is a member of the Utah Jewish Genealogical Society. He and his sister have had great success in using synagogue records in Germany to discover their Jewish ancestors.

Besides being the creator of the hugely successful RootsTech conference, Shipley Munson is the Chief Marketing Officer and Director of the Outreach Division of FamilySearch whose role is to help people get excited about their family histories and to establish the FamilySearch brand in the minds of the general public. Shipley comes to us after a 25-year career in marketing where he advised such companies as Frito-Lay, McDonald’s, Gillette, Apple Computer, Delta Airlines and Fidelity Investments.

Shipley speaks seven languages. He has two degrees from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

About the IAJGS

The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) is an umbrella organization of 74 Jewish genealogical organizations worldwide. The IAJGS serves the shared needs of its members, coordinates and organizes activities such as the annual IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, and provides a unified voice and acts as the spokesperson on behalf of its members. The IAJGS’s vision is of a worldwide network of Jewish genealogical research organizations and partners working together as one coherent, effective and respected community – enabling people to succeed in researching Jewish ancestry and heritage. Find us at www.iajgs.org , like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iajgsjewishgenealogy, and follow us at www.twitter.com/iajgsconf .