Has Internet been the downfall of genealogy societies? Not entirely. Our life styles have created problems for societies. There are still many, active, thriving genealogy societies. My theory has always been if you feed them, they will come. Feeding is not in the sense of food! Members need to feed their minds. Let's examine the pros and cons of joining a genealogy society.
1. It's more fun and beneficial to stay at home and use Internet to find ancestors.
2. Too busy with work, family, activities, social commitments.
3. Too tired ... worked hard all day and don't want to go out at night. Weekends are for family functions.
4. Attending a genealogy society means helping with projects or even worse, being asked to take an office. Just don't have the time!
5. Old people attend the meeting and I won't learn anything. Nobody will pay attention to my questions.
6. Same programs month after month.
7. Business meetings are boring and take too much time.
1. Joining a genealogy society gets you out of the house. You need the break from your routine.
2. Learn from the programs. If you don't like the programs, speak out and make suggestions.
3. Learn from other genealogists. Don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions.
4. Help when you can. Genealogy projects can be fun and even a little bit of help with go a long ways.
5. Genealogists speak a common language. You will be communicating and listening and learning.
6. Everybody can stay away from the computer for two hours once a month.
7. Some societies have interest groups, such as computer user groups and specific area groups, such as Irish Research.
Even if you cannot attend each genealogy meeting, attend when you can. The societies survive because people care and want to learn and exchange information. If you cease caring, they cease existing.
October is Family History Month. Attend a genealogy society meeting in October and see if you like it.