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Apr 28, 2007

Ten Reasons to Join a Local Genealogy Society

by Kathleen W. Hinckley, CGRS
Genealogy in Community
Even if your ancestors didn't live where you do, joining a local genealogical society can be a lot of fun and help you in your research. Find out how to sharpen your skills and make colleagues in the hobby.

1. I was no longer alone.

Until I discovered the network of local genealogists, I was researching within a vacuum. I had no idea there were more than 300 genealogists within a few miles of my home. I could now share my passion with other like individuals. More important, I plugged into a network that alerted me to the latest products, news, and educational opportunities locally and nationwide.

2. I learned new research skills.

The guest speakers at monthly meetings and annual workshops taught me how to prepare a research plan, how to evaluate evidence, and techniques to discover new sources.

3. I learned how to evaluate genealogical software.

One of the most frustrating decisions for a genealogist is deciding upon the right software for their specific needs. Our society created a Computer Interest Group and sponsored educational seminars and hands-on learning workshops. Without their guidance and instruction, I would have floundered within the world of computer genealogy.

4. I improved my skills in reading old handwriting.

My personal research included transcribing old documents, but until I became involved in a society project, I didn't realize that my skills were elementary.

5. I learned from other members.

Our society encouraged members to share their latest breakthrough or discovery at our local meetings. This sharing was not only fun, but gave me ideas on how to solve my own brick wall research problems.

6. I gained an appreciation of other local societies.

While abstracting or indexing Colorado records, I realized that volunteers in Ohio or Denmark might be indexing some records pertinent to my own ancestry. Genealogists helping one another in this manner is one of the most significant gifts we receive within this unique hobby.

7. I gained experience in using a new record type.

I volunteered to be the "society genealogist" which meant I answered Colorado research inquiries. Many of the questions could be answered through city directory research. Since my ancestors were mostly farmers, I did not have experience with this record type. Had I not volunteered to answer the society's mail, I may never have learned the value of directories.

8. I developed leadership skills.

As an active and involved member, you will ultimately be given opportunities to participate in the leadership of the organization. While serving on committees and board member positions, I developed skills that would be valuable in future state and national leadership roles.

9. I did not find a cousin, but someone else did.

I'm always amazed at the odd connections that are made at meetings. For example, someone will casually mention they are researching the Watson family in Kentucky. Another member will answer that they are too. After comparing notes, they discover they are related six generations back into time. Believe me, it happens more often than you may think. Members will also find others researching the same geographical area and can help each other with resources, etc.

10. I developed lifelong friendships.

Common interests create friendships, and I have gathered many through genealogical connections. Can you imagine what it might be like if you didn't have an understanding genealogical friend to call when you make a major discovery or solve the problem you've been working on for several years?

How to Find a Genealogical Society

There are hundreds of genealogical societies throughout the United States. To find one near you, visit the Society Hall developed by and the Federation of Genealogical Societies. The Society Hall is an excellent place to begin your search, with contact information on over 500 societies. The Society Hall also features a Calendar of Events arranged chronologically. There may be a genealogical activity planned in your area that you can attend, or one on your vacation route.

The Historical and Genealogical Society Pages, arranged geographically, are also an excellent resource for locating a society near you.

Cyndi's List has over 3,000 links to societies and groups. The list is indexed alphabetically by the name of the society, rather than geographically.

The fourth edition (1999) of The Genealogist's Address Book by Elizabeth Petty Bentley gives contact information on over 25,000 libraries and repositories, including genealogical societies.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies also has a Guide for the Organization and Management of Genealogical Societies. It has advice on how to start a society and keep it running.

Beyond the Local Society

The personal benefits of joining a local society are quite different than reasons to join out-of-state or other types of genealogical organizations. When you cannot attend local meetings, the obvious benefit is receiving the society's publications. One of the primary goals of local societies is to index, abstract, or transcribe local records and publish the results in their journals and/or online.

If you have roots in Wood County, West Virginia, for example, you may want to join the Wood County Genealogical Society in order to receive notice of their publications and projects. And just because you do not reside in Wood County, does not necessarily mean you could not participate in extraction projects. Some non-local members participate by using microfilm or photocopies of records.

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Mar 5, 2007

A Parent's Wish


To our dear child - - -


One day when you see us old, weak and weary...

Have patience and try to understand us...

If we get dirty when eating...

If we cannot dress up on our own...

Please bear with us and remember the times we spent feeding and dressing you up.

If, when we speak to you, we repeat the same things over and over again...

do not interrupt us ... listen to us.

When you were small, we had to read to you a thousand and one times the same story until you went to sleep...

When we do not want to have a shower, neither shame nor scold us...

Remember when we had to chase you with your thousand excuses to get you to shower...

When you see our ignorance on new technologies...

help us navigate our way through those worldwide webs.

We taught you how to do so many things...

to eat the right foods, to dress appropriately, to fight for your rights...

When at some moments we lose the memory or the thread of our conversation...

let us have the necessary time to remember...

and if we cannot, do not become nervous...

as the important thing is not our conversation but surely to be with you and to have you listening to us...

If ever we do not want to eat, do not force us.

We know well when to and when not to.

When our tired legs give way and do not allow us to walk without a cane

lend us your hand...the same we we did when you first tried your faltering steps.

And when someday we say to you that we do not want to live anymore...

that we want to not get angry...some day you will understand...

try to understand that our age is not lived but survived.

Some day you will realize that, despite our mistakes, we always want the best thing

for you and we tried to prepare the way for you...

You must not feel sad, angry nor ashamed for seeing us near you.

Instead, try to understand us and help us like we did when you were young.

Help us to walk...

Help us to end our way with love and dignity.

We will pay you by a smile and by the immense love we have always had for you in our heart.

We love you child.

Mom and Dad.



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