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10 March 2010

First Edition: Carnival of Genealogical Societies - Doin' Things Right

Welcome to the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies.

First, a special "thank you" to the lovely footnoteMaven for creating a fabulous badge for the carnival. She is always a font of knowledge and tells us:

The key to all good genealogical research starts with the society of other genealogists and in turn genealogy societies.
I invite all of the submitters to grab the badge from the sidebar (fM created a special version "optimized with a two second load") and wear it proudly on your blog.

The topic for the inaugural edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is:

Doin' Things Right!  
Shine a spotlight on a specific program, project, or publication at a genealogical society and tell us why it worked. Tell an anecdote about how you benefited from a particular genealogical society service. 
Share a success story and be specific!

Fifteen bloggers submitted articles that describe society successes worth emulating.

Susan C. Pentico presents Genealogy Societies and Why to Join Them posted at Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound. Susi is one of the founders of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society in California but here she describes a memorable visit to the Cornerstone Genealogical Society in Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania and how membership in a distant society can help you further your research.

Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith presents Carnival of Genealogical Societies, 1st Edition posted at Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories. Dr. Bill shares some special questions from a series of articles published by the Washington County Iowa Genealogical Society.

Ruth Haley presents Carnival of Genealogical Societies is: Doin' Things Right! posted at Genealogy is Ruthless without Me, saying, "The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD)SM always has something I want to learn or want to try out. I am enjoying my association with this group a great deal."

Michelle Goodrum presents Boulder Genealogical Society - Doin' Things Right posted at The Turning of Generations, saying, "The Boulder Genealogical Society has excellent resources on their website. The site and its information is helpful, informative and done professionally. Truly done right!" 

A. Morddel presents The French Genealogy Blog: The Genealogy Groups - Les Cercles Généalogiques posted at The French Genealogy Blog. Anne comes to us from Paris and explains the French system of genealogical societies, called cercles, and their Geneabank project.

Amy Coffin presents The "No Program" Program posted at We Tree, saying, "What happens when the speaker is a no-show? A very informative it turns out. Sometimes no program at all is a great program for societies."

Randy Seaver presents CVGS - Doin' Things Right! - Ahnentafel Lists posted at Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe, saying, "CVGS has a fairly unique way to present members ancestry - we use Ahnentafels online and searchable by Google and other search engines. This has worked really well - we get queries asking for a contact with the Ahnentafel submitter. We did this right!"

Karen Packard Rhodes presents Carnival of Genealogical Societies: The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society posted at Karen About Genealogy. Karen highlights the excellent spring seminars at the Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society of Jacksonville, Florida, how how they led to a speaking career.

Paula Hinkel presents Doin' Things Right at the Southern California Genealogical Society posted at SCGSGenealogical Society Blog. Paula shares some history of the SCGS and how they went from teetering on the brink to becoming the "innovative and progressive organization" that hosts the fabulous Jamboree.

Jo Arnspiger presents 1st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies - Jessamine County Historical & Genealogical Society, Kentucky posted at Those Who Went Before. Jo shares the story of how a Rootweb mailing list led to the creation of the Annual History Fest. She also describes the society's Cemetery Project.

Thomas MacEntee presents Indiana Genealogical Society - Doin' Things Right! posted at Destination: Austin Family. Thomas is impressed with the online presence of the Indiana Genealogical Society and their members-only section.

Charles Hansen presents History of the Patchen File posted at Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog. Charles presents Part 1 of two posts about the Obituary Index Project of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and introduces us to the amazing legacy of Lee Patchen.

Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents The Obituary Index posted at Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog. Miriam continues with Part 2 of the Obituary Indexing Project of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and tells how the society is using technology to share their resources.

M. Diane Rogers presents Doin' Things Right - Carnival of Genealogical Societies - First Edition posted at The Graveyard Rabbit of British Columbia, Canada, saying, "I feel genealogical societies are good at organizing and enhancing the activities and energy of their members and volunteers to benefit the wider genealogical and historical communities." Her report on the Cemetery Committee shows how a society can coordinate a large project.

Kathryn Doyle presents Doin' Things Right: The Society Welcome Mat posted here at the California Genealogical Society and Library blog. Perhaps just a small difference in expectations can make the difference in how a society welcomes strangers.

This concludes our first edition.


Call for Submissions!
The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is: Collaboration.

Does your society collaborate with other societies? 
(genealogical, historical, lineage, etc.) 
Or groups? (local library, family history center)
Why or why not? 
What works or needs improvement?

Thanks to Miriam Robbins Midkiff for suggesting this topic!

The deadline for submissions is May 7, 2010.

Please do indicate in your article that you are writing for the Second Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies. Submit your blog article using the the submission form provided by Blog Carnival. Please use a descriptive phrase in the title of any article you plan to submit and write a brief introduction to your articles in the "remarks" section of the form.

See you at the Carnival!


Tim Agazio said...

Great bunch of articles! I've never joined a gen society...never really considered it. Because I lived an itinerant lifestyle before I retired from the Army, I just never felt connected to where ever I was - and still don't.

From the articles, it it looks like there's a lot out there I don't know about.

Jonathan Dresner said...

Fantastic stuff, all around. I've posted a notice of the carnival at the History Carnivals Aggregator, which I hope will draw some traffic from our audience of historians.

JamaGenie said...

Sorry, I let my memberships in gen societies lapse. I do use the KS State Historical Society Library in Topeka quite frequently for KS ancestors, many of whom moved to Kings and Sacramento counties ca 1900-1910. If anyone with CUPP or MORRIS connections in Galt, Lemoore or Hanford sees this, I've have a lot of information about them at my blog, Saturday's Child (

Lisa / Smallest Leaf said...

A great idea for a carnival and a great round-up of articles for this first edition, Kathryn! Genealogical research can only be enhanced by collaborating with others, and this carnival is the start of establishing more wonderful connections between genealogists.

Congratulations to you and to all the contributors on a wonderful first edition. I look forward to many more to come.

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Kathryn Doyle said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope we have convinced you to give societies a chance!

Kathryn Doyle said...

Thanks for the link. I do with we could convince Blog Carnival to give us our own category - genealogy. We are categorized as history and it isn't quite correct.

Kathryn Doyle said...

I added your blog to my reader. Good luck with your research.

Sanjay Maharaj said...

Yoir society is doing a great job and you have some great research, keep up the good work of the society.LIke anything in life it indeed takes a community, a society to be successful.

Kristine said...

Thanks Jessica for your great articles!

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