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What Are the Benefits?

Some genealogists mistakenly believe that only societies in the locality of their research are beneficial -- a belief that is just not true. Local societies may not have resources and data on your area of interest, but they are an excellent source of information. Where else can you attend lectures by experts in a variety of fields, network with other genealogists who have a high level of experience, or be able to participate in offers such as lower subscription rates and special merchandise prices? Many groups will allow you to visit and attend their meetings without being a member, although membership fees are generally very reasonable.

Whether you join a local or a distant society, you will benefit in a number of ways. Most societies offer:

  • publications
  • a knowledge of local resources
  • member surname lists
  • a search of their holdings
  • advice on lesser-known sources of information
  • lectures by experts
  • newsletters and quarterly publications
  • classes
  • conferences
  • group projects
  • a calendar of events
  • a library of books, CDs, periodicals, and other publications
  • special interest groups (SIGs)

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