Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Member of Society

Yes, I'm too late for the COG. I'm afraid life happened. I'm posting anyway, because I am a part of this society.

Well, I was too late, but kiss the host Kathryn Doyle - California Genealogical Society and Library Blog for giving Maven a reprieve. Thank you so much, Kathryn.

What exactly is a society? In doing my research for this submission I found and enjoyed the following definition of society:

a society is an economic, social or industrial infrastructure, made up of a varied collection of individuals. Members of a society may be from different ethnic groups. A society may be a particular ethnic group, such as the Saxons; a nation state, such as Bhutan; a broader cultural group, such as a Western society. The word society may also refer to an organized voluntary association of people for religious, benevolent, cultural, scientific, political, patriotic, or other purposes. A "society" may even, though more by means of metaphor, refer to a social organism such as an ant colony.

I must say I don't relate to the ant colony aspect of a genealogy society any more than I do to an organized voluntary association of people for cultural purposes version. I've decided recently that I'm unsociable (having or showing a disinclination for social activity) and a solitary individual. None of these characteristics are conducive to society.

I belong to two real world genealogy societies; the MacGenealogy group of the Seattle Genealogical Society and the alumni association of the Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program at the University of Washington. I am also honored to be a member of the University's Advisory Board for this program.

I enjoy participating in these two organizations because they embrace new technology and look to creative ways of connecting with their members. Good on them.

But, my real satisfaction comes from being a member of what may be called an online Society of Geneabloggers and the Association of Graveyard Rabbits. Not tangible societies, but they are the most warm and welcoming group of genealogists I've ever known.

They meet the definition of society and are everything I could hope for in doing family research. They are always there with an answer if you posit a question, their information is current, immediate, and spot on. There is an online expert in every category of genealogical research and they are all approachable. There are no power struggles, cliques, or egos. I love it here.

Join me?


Anonymous GrannyPam said...

You have really said something,here, FM. Each Geneablogger chooses what s/he will write and when.

With no "group" to agree or disagree with, no "power" struggles, and no "work" that is assigned or expected, Geneabloggers can quietly tend to the business at hand.

Which is writing about their family history, or their research techniques, or their latest discovery, or how to blog. Besides all that, Geneabloggers also encourage, help, share with and praise others. Most do so very well, making this one of the "best" Societies. Joining was my best move ever.

October 18, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks Pam!

I really thought when I wrote this people would think I was crazy to look at a genealogical society this way.

Thank you so much for getting it from this unsocial geneablogger.


October 18, 2009 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Kathryn Doyle said...

Sorry, fM, but I must disagree with your self-assessment. After spending time with you at Jamboree I would NEVER categorize you as "unsociable" and your virtual persona is much more social butterfly than lone wolf. That said, I most heartily agree with you that the GeneaBloggers are a great bunch. As usual, YOU are spot-on.

October 19, 2009 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Thomas MacEntee said...

As usual fM you are spot on with your take on societies. I don't belong to any "brick and mortar" societies in the Chicago area (as I like to call them) but belong to several in an online capacity. I am a social animal by nature but I too have times when I need to work on my own.

The GeneaBloggers and Association of Graveyard Rabbits group suit those needs - and I have to echo what GrannyPam said - there isn't a lot of "process" to get in the way of our real goal of writing about our research and family history.

October 19, 2009 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


It's the company I DO keep! GeneaBloggers are the best. I am very fortunate.


October 19, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


I think we GeneaBloggers "group" so well because we are much more alike than first thought.


October 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

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