Support your local society. The title may be a bit of a take-off on the old movie, â€œSupport Your Local Sheriff,â€ but the meaning is basically the same. Support. Do you support your local genealogical society? Been meaning to go to a meeting but havenâ€™t? Donâ€™t have any ancestors from the area? Think again! Even if you donâ€™t have any ancestors in the area where you live, you can contribute to the local society by helping transcribe records, give speaking ideas for the meetings, or even bring cookies. Remember, someone where you DID have ancestors may be thinking the same thing. Why should I contribute? Wouldnâ€™t you love it if they helped transcribe records you needed in your research?
If you live in a state with an active statewide society, attend those seminars and conferences. Speakers at these events can give insight to genealogical research not only within the state but out-of-state as well. Exhibit halls can have everything from books and CDs to DNA testing and information, and genealogical supplies. Many of the regional and state conferences also have local societies exhibit. What better way to find out about a society than to speak to representatives of that organization? Local society exhibits may also have publications for sale as well as a calendar of their society meetings.
So get out there! Support your local society.