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15 November 2010

Just Ask Thomas: Genealogical Societies Do Your Genealogy Good

I'm a bit behind with my blog reading so I just came upon the excellent article by Thomas MacEntee – Genealogical Societies: They Do Your Genealogy Good published at on November 4, 2010.

Thomas covers gen society membership from every angle with pointers under these headings:
  • Do Your Research
  • Take a Genealogical Society Test Drive
  • Beware the "Would You Like To Volunteer" Checkbox!
  • Access Online Research Databases
  • Take Advantage of Educational Programs
  • Discounts and Freebies Abound
  • Don't Forget Far-Flung Societies
  • Join to Give Back and Show Support
Thomas gives CGS a shout-out for our educational programs:
The California Genealogical Society and Library (CGSL) has a wide array of educational opportunities available for its members. These include research trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as well as the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. And the in-house workshops and classes are exceptional. (Disclosure: I am a bit biased since as a far-flung member, I've actually led several classes including one on how to locate living relatives.) features a guest expert every two weeks. The Expert Author series offers "tips and lessons on topics that help you learn how to trace your family history." I count two other CGS members among the experts. Articles have also been written by Amy Coffin and Lisa Lee.

Thomas is the creator of – a community of over 900 bloggers who document their own journeys in the search for ancestors. Thomas MacEntee writes and lectures on the many ways in which blogs, Facebook and Twitter can be leveraged to add new dimensions to the genealogy experience.

Thanks, Thomas! 

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