Starting Sept. 5, 2014, Genealogy.com will be making a big change. GenForum
message boards, Family Tree Maker homepages, and the most popular articles
will be preserved in a read-only format, while several other features will
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Genealogical societies are often one of the most overlooked,
reasonably priced resources available to researchers -- a shame, considering
what they have to offer, primarily in the form of sources and research
tools specific to their area of interest. With the growth of Internet,
many societies have a web page offering visitors a look at the society.
Some sites may just have information about joining, others may include
databases, results of ongoing member projects, locality background,
and other resources of interest.
There are a number of different types of societies;
each has a specific goal and area of coverage:
local (city or region)
area-specific (out of the country)
specialty (such as royalty, medieval, and civil
war reenactment groups)