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Successful society vs status quo society? Where do you belong?

Is your society successful and growing? Or do you belong to a status quo society? When you offer a suggestion or a new way of doing something, does the leadership in your genealogical society say, “No. We’ve always done it this way” or … Continue reading

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Savoir faire — Society job descriptions encourage transparency and help attract skilled and motivated volunteers

As a webmaster, I often check other genealogical societies’ websites for inspiration. If they are not already doing so, society board members should also look to their peers for best practices on how to improve their management and better serve their members. … Continue reading

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Savoir faire — Winning newsletters can inspire societies

The winners of the National Genealogical Society’s awards in excellence of genealogy and family history newsletter editorship can offer ideas and inspiration to genealogy societies who want to spruce up their own newsletters. NGS announced the winners yesterday. Although recent issues … Continue reading

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Savoir faire — Puget Sound GS offers a comprehensive check list

The next time you plan to conduct a “reasonably exhaustive search” to confirm a fact about an ancestor, first take a look at the comprehensive Genealogical Source List the Puget Sound Genealogical Society in Washington has put together. I intend to check … Continue reading

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5 reasons why the new free Skype group calling is great news for genealogy societies

We can now Skype with up to ten people for free. That means, from our computer, we can call, hold a conversation or meeting with up to nine other people, and see everyone. Okay, the last part may not be as … Continue reading

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Savoir faire — A society by any other name… Does it attract more people?

About a week ago, blogger Scott Phillips received a letter from the Ohio Historical Society (OHS), explaining why they had taken the bold step to change their name to the Ohio History Connection. This letter prompted Mr. Phillips to write about it in … Continue reading

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Savoir faire — How to turn your smartphone and tablet into a slide viewer

When trying to view my old slides, I often think back to the years when I sat at a large light table at work. Using a loupe to take a closer look at each slide, it was easy to sort all … Continue reading

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