Genealogy societies are an important tool for genealogists: It is a way of making this hobby a social one. By talking to other genealogists, you are bound to learn something new or interesting – and you get to make some really great friends too.
While I wish I had unlimited amounts of money to join a TON of societies (oh and I have a loooooooooooong list of societies to join), that is not the case. So I currently only belong to one paid society – which is the Southern California Genealogical Society. The resources this society provides (a gigantic library full of lots and lots of books and materials as seen on this video tour of the society’s library). This is also the genealogy society that puts on the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree every year – and that is a FUN conference. I met so many wonderful, nice, helpful people at the conference last year.
However, I am also part of a free genealogy society called the Youth Genealogists Society. This is an online genealogy society specifically for young genealogists. However, young genealogists are not the only members – it is hoped that older genealogists will mentor and guide us youngsters.
Personally, I think more people need to be joining these societies. They are fun, offer a chance to meet new people, and many research opportunities.
Update: I wrote this post when I had a headache. Now that it is gone I just want to clarify a few things.
- For anyone that wants to join the Youth Genealogists Association, here is the link that explains how to do that. Remember, this group isn’t ONLY for the younger crowd of genealogy, although that is the focus. We could use some mentors and some innovative people to spice up this society and make it better.
- For anyone just plain curious about what other genealogy societies I would join if I had a lot of money, here is a quick list: NEHGS, my local genealogical society, East Tennessee Historical Society, and the California Genealogical Society. Mind you, this is a really short, quick list. My actual list is much longer.