1) Sandra Steele Deford said: "Randy, your points are right on the money and every society should take your advice."
My comment: Thank you, Sandra. I was hoping that comments would provide some more suggestions, since I know I don't have all of the answers. What does yourl ocal society do? What should they do?
2) Nadine Feldman commented: "I'm a newbie with strong computer skills. I appreciate all your comments, and I agree that having classes that match people with their computer aptitude is smart. Our local genealogical society is having a class on using Word -- I wouldn't be interested in that, but I went to a recent meeting where I learned a LOT that I can use.
"Recently, while looking at some Ancestry.com hints, I realized that several families had picked up the same error -- a man who died several years before his "daughter" was born.
"I think the Internet, even with its limitations, will 'save' genealogy. If I would have started with going to the library, I doubt I would have developed an interest. Online, I have found some wonderful resources that have only made me more curious. NOW, I want to know more about what's beyond the online search. That led me to our local society, and I attended my first meeting last week.
"The ease of online research will certainly make for some bad genealogists -- but I think we will always have a certain segment of the population with a love of research, for whom the Internet opens a door into a fascinating and wonderful world."