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Here's where to find help in tracking your family tree

There is no reason for a family researcher to go it alone. There are several very helpful genealogical societies you can join that will provide you with a wealth of information. You will be able to see how experienced researchers operate, and you can take advantage of all the educational materials available.

Here are some genealogical societies you might consider:

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) was formed in 1903. Their main objectives are to provide education and support to genealogists all over the country as well as promoting a high standard of conduct and ethical research practices. I encourage all researchers to become members of the NGS. Individual membership is $55 per year.

National Genealogical Society

3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300

Arlington, Virginia 22204

(800) 473-0060

What the NGS does at the national level, The Georgia Genealogical Society (GGS) does at the state level. You will benefit from joining both. The GGS was formed in 1964. Both the NGS and the GGS sponsor seminars so that you can keep up with the latest information and research techniques. The GGS has recently partnered with Heritage Quest Online. When you join, you will be issued a password so you can access Heritage Quest from home. You will have access to all of the census indices as well as the original census images. This alone makes it worthwhile to join. The cost is $35 per year.

Georgia Genealogical Society

PO Box 54575

Atlanta, GA 30308

The Augusta Genealogical Society (AGS) was formed in 1979. The AGS maintains a 15,500 volume library of genealogical works that is quite impressive. You are missing out if you don't take advantage of this repository. The AGS also has books for sale that deal with local history and genealogy. They sponsor seminars, workshops, and they take groups to the Georgia State Archives, the South Carolina State Archives and the National Archives. The cost for an individual membership is $25 per year.

Augusta Genealogical Society

Post Office Box 3743Augusta, Georgia, USA 30914

(706) 722-4073

The above three societies publish their own quality journals which are included in the subscription price, but I want to mention another journal that you might want to take a look at.

The American Genealogist (TAG) was founded in 1922. If you want to see what quality research looks like, then you need to subscribe to this. The contributors adhere to the strictest genealogical proof standards. Most of the contributors are either certified or accredited genealogists. You can learn a lot by reading the compiled genealogies they submit. The first thing you will notice is that every item in their lineage is footnoted with a complete source citation. I have stressed the importance of documenting your sources in previous articles, and you can see this in actual practice. Their work is inspirational.

The American Genealogist

P.O. Box 398

Demorest, GA 30535

If you want to take your research to the next level, join these societies and subscribe to the quality journals. Take advantage of all they have to offer.

Web posted on Thursday, November 18, 2004

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