Genealogical societies can be a fun way to network. Both professional and amateur family history researches join societies. You will find that most of these people will share their knowledge and ideas. Most of these societies will hold educational meetings on a regular basis. They usually have a keen interest in the preservation of historical records. We highly suggest you participate. Go volunteer some time to your local societies!
Societies can functional at a national as well as local level. At the local level the groups are usually formed by county. You might also want to check into family associations to see if there is one of particular interest in your research. At other times societies may be formed by ethnic or religious groups. There are also societies that form around a particular region of interest, such as Germany or Russia.
Just about every state in the U.S. has a genealogical society. These societies can be linked to local groups to offer support. Some groups will be highly structured. Others will be rather loose.
There are three primary national level societies you should join:
- The Federation of Genealogical Societies
- The National Genealogical Society
- The New England Historic Genealogical Society
In Kentucky, the following should be of interest:
- Eastern KY Genealogical Society, Box 1544, Ashland, KY 41105-1544; Dues are $10.00 per yr. Publication TreeShaker quarterly
- Kentucky Genealogical Society
- Louisville Genealogical Society
- West-Central Kentucky Family Research Association
We hope we have given you some ideas on how to network. If you have additional suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment in the section below.