Category Archives: Societies

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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OGS launches new WWI heritage society

The Ontario Genealogical Society sent the following message in its weekly eNewsletter. “To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, OGS has launched a new Heritage Society. The First World War Society is a lineage … 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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OGS newsletter winner

If you are looking for ideas to improve your genealogy newsletter, take a look at The Ottawa Genealogist, this year’s winner of the Dr. Don Brearley Newsletter Award. It is published by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS). … 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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How to be a good leader

Years ago, I worked for a large corporation whose president knew little about the company’s operations when he took over. What he did know was how to lead. Under his leadership, our company went from being the worst in the industry to the best. He never … 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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