The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Most genealogy societies now have web sites to publicize their activities and to attract new members. However, I am still amazed at how many of those sites have an online application for membership that states something similar to the following:
"To join the society, please print the following application on your printer, fill it out, put it into an envelope, enclose a check, and mail it to the society."That is so 1990s!
I suspect that many would-be members stop when they see such requirements and then move on to something else. They don't join simply because it isn't convenient to do so.
The problem is even worse when international boundaries are involved. Are you in the United States but want to join a society in Canada or England or Germany or elsewhere? If so, you cannot simply send a check. You have to obtain a money order in Canadian dollars or British pounds or in Euros and mail it to the society. Such foreign money orders are expensive. The fees for foreign money orders are often higher than the fee for joining the society!
Is your society losing new members as a result? Luckily, in this day and age there is a simple solution: your society can easily accept credit card payments.
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