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Best State/Provincial Genealogical Society - Readers' Choice Awards 2013

Winners and Finalists


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, a large number of nominations were received 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!

Voting among the five finalists took place from February 19 through March 19, 2013, with winners announced on March 27, 2013. The polls were audited and validated by the About.com tech team to produce the final results. The prize? Bragging rights that come with recognition by readers of one of the most popular networks on the Web.

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Winner: Illinois State Genealogical Society

This very involved state genealogical society was lauded by readers 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.

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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 the society organizes and sponsors, 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.

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North Carolina Genealogical Society

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The North Carolina Genealogical Society was applauded by readers 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.

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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.

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Quebec Family History Society

Its large genealogical library, lectures, seminars, databases, and "excellent Facebook group" were just some of the reasons that QFHS was applauded by readers when asked to nominate their favorite state or provincial genealogical society.

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