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:
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.
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 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.