Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) What was the first genealogical society you joined? Why did you join that one?
2) Share your response in a comment on this blog post, in your own blog post (and provide a link in a comment on this post), or on Facebook or Google+.
My thanks to Jacquie Schattner for providing this challenge via email.
I started my genealogy research in 1988, and was finding lots of published material and was using the microfilms at the Family History Center in San Diego. By 1992, I had a family tree pretty well fleshed out - probably 75% of what I have now), but it was all on paper and I was awash in paper (I still have it, but that's another post!).
In 1992, I was visiting the Chula Vista Library once a week and ran into Joy Voss, a Chula Vista Genealogical Society volunteer, and she listened and tried to help me. She suggested that I join the Chula Vista Genealogical Society fior $10 a year. They had meetings on a weekday morning where they sat around the conference room table sharing their surnames and localities and helping each other, and occasionally one of them made a presentation. I was working on those weekday mornings, but once in awhile I played hookie. At one of the meetings, I said I was working on the Prodigy computer system and they had wonderful genealogy boards. They talked me into doing a presentation on Prodigy. I think I gave the first overhead presentation (handwritten!) to CVGS in the summer of 1993. I still have the overhead slides!
Why did I join? For the help, discussion and support of the membership - there were some veteran researchers who had decades of experience, and they liked having a male at the meetings. I probably had them ost computer experience of anyone there when I started and was able to help folks with PAF and then Family Tree Maker. I didn't attend every month - perhaps 2-3 times a year until I retired in 2002. I always found a way to make at least one presentation each year before I retired.
I didn't stop with CVGS - I joined the San Diego Genealogical Society in 1994, and the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego in 2002 (?). I also joined the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 1992, and the National Genealogical Society in 1994.