Genealogical societies are striving to survive in the 21st century. Unfortunately, the coming of age of the Internet has convinced many beginning and amateur family history researchers that everything genealogical just must be on the Web. While this is emphatically not the case, many of them have convinced themselves that they need not join one or more genealogical societies, attend the meetings, and/or otherwise take advantage of all that a society has to offer.
Societies are searching for ways to draw new members and to retain the ones they have. It has become critical for societies to reevaluate every aspect of their business. (And yes, a genealogical society is a business!) Each society should be reassessing the benefits that they offer and concentrating on the costs of those benefits. Genealogical societies have to reinvent themselves if they are to survive.
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