Social media and technological advances have changed the way we communicate. Use these seven methods to tap into the genealogy community.
It used to be that attending some meetings of a local genealogical society, posting a few queries on message boards, or maybe running into a fellow researcher at the library was enough to stay connected to other genealogists.
While some of those techniques still work, new options abound: You now can post genealogy queries and news on Facebook, you can connect with other researchers virtually by attending an online class, or you can volunteer your skills and services to give back to the family history community. With the following seven methods for tapping into the genealogy community, you'll be surprised how easy it is to meet new people, interact with like-minded individuals, and exchange genealogy tips and ideas.
1. Join a genealogical society.
One of the easiest ways to meet fellow researchers is by joining a genealogical society. Most of these groups have monthly meetings in public spaces such as libraries, town halls or churches. Many have events and even organize research trips. Not sure about becoming a member? Go to a few meetings and interact with other family historians. Soon you'll find you're in good company with many new genealogy friends who will love to hear about your research triumphs and your brick walls. Check with your local library or research center or try internet searches for your county name plus genealogy society or historical society, and your state name plus genealogy society to find organizations in your own backyard.
But don't limit yourself to just local societies. Did you know that some regional societies, such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), allow you to join online and offer special members-only databases and discounts? Cyndi's List has a comprehensive listing of societies and groups including national, ethnic, lineage and religious organizations.