A large number of genealogical societies have re-invented themselves in recent years, embracing social media, virtual education, digital publishing, and other tools to reach a far-flung audience. As you might expect, with so many great state and provincial genealogical societies, I received a large number of nominations for a variety of genealogical societies around the world. Most were applauded for their friendly members, great programs and resources, and even their Facebook groups. So many wonderful societies were nominated that did not make the list of five finalists...I wish I could recognize them all. If you have found your local genealogical society a great resource, please take some time out soon to say thank you. Or, better yet, get involved!
The following five finalists for the 2013 About Genealogy Readers' Choice Awards represent the state/provincial genealogical societies most nominated by readers of About Genealogy. In alphabetical order:
- Illinois Genealogical Society
This very involved state genealogical society was lauded for its "great quarterly journal" and "free monthly webinars," but most especially for its matching member donations to the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project, to the tune of $10,000. It is also important to note that while the Indiana Genealogical Society did not make the list of Readers' Choice finalists, they were also nominated for matching $10,000 in member donations to the Preserve the Pensions project.
- North Carolina Genealogical Society
The North Carolina Genealogical Society was applauded for its two major annual events, its journal, its genealogy writing contest, and its work with the N.C. State Archives and FamilySearch to index genealogical documents.
- Quebec Family History Society
Its large genealogical library, lectures, seminars, databases, and "excellent Facebook group" were the reasons that QFHS made the list of nominees. While it did not make the list of finalists, the British Columbia Genealogical Society was also nominated from Canada.
- Southern California Genealogical Society
This society's annual genealogy conference, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and the accompanying free online Jamboree Extension Series, was a big reason this very active genealogical society made the list of finalists. The wide variety of online databases available to members was also cited.
- Utah Genealogical Association
Education was the theme of the nominations for this state genealogical society, with readers mentioning their quarterly journal Crossroads, their free online webinars, and the many learning opportunities they organize and sponsor, including the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy and the South Davis Family History Fair. A virtual chapter also allows far-flung members to connect online.
Thank you for voting in the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards! Be sure to come back to this page and use the "Current Results" link to see how your choices are doing, and visit my About Genealogy blog on March 27th to see the winners.
TELL A FRIEND: Please ask your friends, society members and colleagues to vote. The results mean more with a greater variety of input. Here is the link to this voting page:
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Learn more about the About.com 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.