Saturday, June 3, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Genealogical or Historical Societies Have You Joined?

  Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  What genealogical or historical societies have you joined to pursue your family history research over the years?

2)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

When I started my genealogy and family history research in 1988 in libraries, I quickly found periodicals like Everton's Genealogical Helper and subscribed to it.  There were many advertisements for genealogical societies in the magazine.  I gradually became aware that local, regional and national societies existed and could be used to help this lonesome researcher in San Diego to help contact researchers near my ancestral hometowns.

I often visited the  Chula Vista Public Library and met several members of the fledgling Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) in 1990, and I joined CVGS in April 1993.  Occasionally, I snuck away from work to attend the speaker meetings (at 10 a.m. on a Monday), and gave my first presentation about Prodigy in 1993. 
Since then, I've given over 50 presentations, and several beginner classes, to CVGS over the last 30 years.  When I retired from my real job in 2002, I was elected to the CVGS Board of Directors, and have been Treasurer, Program Chair, President (2007-2008), Research and Queries Chair, and Newsletter Editor (since March 2009).

I met other San Diego researchers at the San Diego Family History Center and the San Diego Public Library and started attending San Diego Genealogical society programs and joined SDGS in 1994.  I made about 40 presentations to SDGS starting in 2006, and hosted the RootsMagic classes for a number of years.

San Diego also had the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD) and I joined that in about 2006 but it merged in 2016 with SDGS.  

I joined the New England Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in 1994 also, and have a fine collection (several high piles) of their periodicals.  

Then there was the National Genealogical Society (NGS), the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS), all of which sponsored in-person conferences and had interesting periodicals.  

I joined the Essex Society of Genealogists (ESOG), the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (CCGS), and the Wiltshire Family History Society in the 1990s because of my interest in families in those areas.  
I'm sure I've forgotten other local societies.  At present, I am a member of CVGS, SDGS and NEHGS.


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. I hope I remembered them all.

Janice M. Sellers said...

It took a while, but I think I remembered all my groups.