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Kimberly Powell

Secrets of a Successful Genealogical Society

By March 25, 2009

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It's no secret that a number of genealogical and historical societies have been struggling in recent years with membership decline. Many say the Internet and proliferation of online databases and classes is to blame. And while it might make sense for societies to "go virtual" and offer a wealth of online services, it's also the case that many of the most active members of such societies may, understandably, still feel a bit overwhelmed by the technology this involves. There are, however, numerous genealogical societies that are not only surviving, but thriving. What are they doing that is working? If your genealogical society is looking for ideas to increase participation and membership, then consider some of the following ideas to attract new members and boost renewals for your genealogical or historical society.

What would you like to see your local genealogical society (or the genealogical society in the area where your ancestors lived) offer that would entice you to join? If you're already a member of a genealogical society (or two or three...) what does your society offer that you feel justifies the cost of membership? Share your thoughts!

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March 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm
(1) Jasia says:

Thanks for the link Kimberly. I appreciate it! I look forward to reading your readers comments on this article. This remains a topic very near and dear to my heart because gen-socs have so much to offer. I’d really like to see them flourish.

March 26, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(2) Larry says:

Hey Kimberly,
I forwarded your article to the Prez of my State Gene Soc who then asked to forward it to the Soc board. Also I sent it to my local Gene Soc board.
I started as Prez of my local Gene Soc and am getting tired of trying to get this huge Boulder rolling again. Grrrrrrrrrr
So I am always looking for ideas.
Thanks

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