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!