VOLUME XXXV       MAY 2021       ISSN 1530-4132

VOLUME XXXV       MAY 2021

In This Issue:

IMFA for 2022 and Beyond

IMFA was founded in 1986. While it seems like just yesterday, it has been 35 years of growth due to the outstanding efforts of volunteer Mx researchers. It is now time for the next generation to step forward and grow IMFA into the future. Your participation is vital to the continued progress of IMFA.

Ageing and declining health have forced the retirement of several Family Representatives (UK, Australia, US & Canada), our MX World Editor and soon our webmaster. Most of these volunteer positions were filled by the same members year after year with no backups. We will spend the coming year recruiting new volunteers from our membership for these positions. Ideally two volunteers for each position will share the responsibilities and assure continuity.

Times have changed. In 1986 there was no graphical internet, no desktop publishing, no email, no searchable online record repositories. Printed newsletters, library research and scrolling through reels of microfilmed records were our tools of the trade. But technology has dramatically changed our methods. And IMFA will continue to transition and take advantage of new tools.

We will be implementing changes that take advantage of technology to ease the volunteer's task. For example, membership, renewals and dues payments will be automated on the website, sparing the Family Represetative with this accounting chore.

During this transition period we will temporarily suspend the quarterly MxWorld newsletter. Once we have filled our vacant positions with new volunteers we will resume publication.

Positions Urgently Needing Volunteers

Family Representative

The Family Representative is the local contact who can interact with members or potential members, assist members in how to access IMFA resources such as connecting with an Mx Research volunteer or who to contact to join our DNA project. The Family Representative also forwards member information to our Editor for publication in MxWorld.

Editor

Our Editor selects the information for the quarterly MxWorld newsletter from information received directly from members, forwarded for publication by our Family Representatives, sourced from the Editor's personal archives or prior IMFA publications. Content is compiled into either word processing files (i.e. Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc.) or as a PDF.

Web Content Creator

Receives digital files from our Editor and formats for web presentation. This requires some knowledge of HTML and CSS. We use Zurb Foundation 5 as a framework to display documents appropriate to the viewing device (computer screen, tablet, phone). If you are familiar with HTML & CSS you will easily understand Zurb Foundation.

Website Programming & Technical Support

Our website is hosted with a commercial provider. The site was created using Microsoft ASP and Microsoft SQL Server. We currently use Microsoft Visual Studio as our code editor. The site can be maintained as is with only periodic content updates, or this position can recreate the site on a platform and a language that they deem better for IMFA in the future.

Make a Donation to Our DNA Project

If you would like to make a contribution to our Surname Project General Fund, click on the button below:

Donate Now

www.familytreedna.com/group-general-fund-contribution.aspx?g=Molyneaux

When you click the button above, you will be directed to a secure page on the Family Tree DNA site where you can make a contribution to our Molyneaux Surname Group Project using PayPal, VISA, MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS and DISCOVER.