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Genealogy Societies, A Very Beneficial Resource
Column published: 19 July 2006.
By: Shirley Gage Hodges   Biography & Archived Articles

There is a very important source for genealogists that I hope you are all utilizing. That is our local and national genealogical societies. I realize that many people feel that with the use of the Internet that they don't have to leave their homes but I would ask them to reconsider. You can't beat a good genealogical society for help, suggestions, research materials and fellowship. Between my husband and I, we belong to about 14 societies; 3 Canadian and the rest in the U.S.

I believe that membership in the National Genealogical Society can be very beneficial to everyone. I would also encourage you to join your local society. Even if you do not have ancestors in that area you will still gain valuable information if you attend their meetings. I also feel that it is important to join societies in areas where your ancestors lived. It is a way that we can show support for all those people who are indexing and preserving the records that we find so helpful.

Always remember that they can also use good volunteers. I was the president of two societies at one time. I can definitely prove that insanity runs in my family!

One of the societies that we are very active in (Eaton Co. Michigan Genealogical Society) has an indexing group that has met every Monday night for the last 14 years. During this time we have been able to make a lot of information available to people who have Eaton County ancestors. In the meantime, we have formed some relationships that we will treasure forever.

Give some thought to how both you and your genealogical society might benefit by your participation. I believe you will find your involvement to be very rewarding.

Suggested web pages: Be sure and check out the great seminar The Federation of Genealogical Societies and New England Historic Genealogical Society is holding on August 30 - September 2, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts.
If you get there, be sure and stop by the Genealogical Speakers Guild booth and say hello to me.

Shirley Hodges

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