4 Ways To Find A Genealogical Society

There are many reasons to join a local genealogical society. Societies have knowledgeable members and sponsor educational events. Even if you do not have ancestors who lived in your current location, you may find members researching those locations. Finding people who share your interest in genealogy can be very energizing!

But, have you considered contacting or joining a society in a location where your ancestors lived? The society may have useful resources or participate in projects that could benefit your research. There may be experts in the society to help you with local research.


1. The Federation of Genealogical Societies 

The FGS maintains a list of member societies. You can search by name or use the dropdown box to select your state.



2. Search the listing at D’addezio.com

D’addezio.com hosts a Directory of Historical Societies in the United States, Canada and Australia. These listings include genealogical societies.

Click on the link for your state of interest to see a list of genealogical and historical societies. Many of the listings just show mailing addresses, so you may have to Google the name to look for an online presence.



3. Use Google to find a society.

Use search terms that include your state or city and genealogical society
Example:  maryland genealogical society
If the state has two words, use quotes around the state’s name:
“new york” genealogical society


4. Search Facebook For A Society
You use search terms on Facebook, just as you do in Google, to learn about societies.
Alternately, you can download the free list compiled by Katherine R. Willson from her Social Media Genealogy website. As of February 2017 this PDF has 308 pages with more than 10,600 links. Note, you will only find nonprofit organizations in this list.



Using MET Public Domain Artwork

Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art made than 375,000 of its public-domain artworks available online. The Met’s images include those of items that are not currently on display, which gives you a chance to look behind the scenes.

This is a great resource for people who enjoy art and history, scholars, and genealogists!

You can find the search page at: http://metmuseum.org/art/collection.



To limit your search to return only those results in the public domain, in the Show Only group, click the box for “Public Domain Artworks”.



When you view the results, there may be some that do not seem to be related to your search terms. Be sure to scroll down through the results. To scan through the results more quickly, you can choose to display a larger number of results per page.



Since I have been doing a lot of World War I research, I used the keywords: World War 1. That returned 5,964 results. It appeared that many of the results had the terms separately, such as world or war.
Searching for keywords: world war i returned 1,699 results. A number of these results were relevant to the First World War. There were several commercial color lithographs published by groups involved in the war effort, like the Red Cross and the Connecticut State Council of Defense.



Searching using the keywords and quotes around them “world war i” returned 84 results. Some were not related to the First World War.

I experimented using a numeral 1 instead of the letter i. “world war 1” returned 0 results.

Searching for keywords: WWI returned 17 results. One was lace shawl handmade by a member of the Royal Family in England that was donated to the British War Relief Committee during WWI.

Next, I tried searching for keywords: St Mihiel. Two of the results were related to St. Mihiel in WWI. Other St. Mihiel results included engravings and etchings from the opera and ballet.



To learn more about the website, check out http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-met/policies-and-documents/image-resources

To see all Open Access items, go to http://metmuseum.org/art/collection#!?showOnly=openaccess

Visit this website, and try out some searches for a topic you are researching. Remember to vary your search terms and try different combinations of words relating to your topic. Look for artwork that you can use about:

  • A state you are researching
  • A country or place you are researching
  • An event you are researching

Good luck!






Genealogy Fair at Odenton Regional Library

This is breaking news!

The Odenton Regional Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library will be hosting a Genealogy Fair on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10am-3pm.

They hope to have three parts to this event: speakers throughout the day, resource tables available for the whole event, and an open workshop in our computer lab for participants to get some hands-on experience with our resources.

Put this on your calendar!

6 Great Websites for Autosomal Tools and Techniques

Are you excited about your autosomal DNA results? Have you been wondering what to do next? The half dozen websites in this blog post will keep you busy with these tools and techniques to make the most of your autosomal DNA test results.

A great list of third party tools and apps from Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist

If you have tested your autosomal DNA at FamilyTreeDNA, or transferred your results there, you will want Nine Autosomal Tools at Family Tree DNA

Downloads of tools and presentations from Kitty Cooper’s Blog

In segment-ology, Jim Bartlett shows us 3 steps to triangulate.

This document contains A Methodology: Identifying your Relatives through your atDNA Results.

The Genealogy Junkie’s blog by Sue Griffith has collected links for tips, tools and managing your matches.

Enjoy digging deep into your autosomal DNA!

USAHEC Visit – Day 2

We came back to photograph more of the contents of the folders.  That went quickly.

There was some extra time, so one of my research assistants decided to research his Civil War veterans. There were no images of his ancestors, but he did find ones from the same regiment and the same home town.



We even had time for some made-to-order lunch at the Café Cumberland.




There was time to visit the exhibits in the Soldier Experience Gallery.




Exhibit in the Soldier Experience Gallery, USAHEC



Exhibit in the Soldier Experience Gallery, USAHEC


One of the exhibits displayed a medal issued by Saint Mihiel in 1937 to commemorate the battle.



Exhibit in the Soldier Experience Gallery, USAHEC


We planned to go through the Army Heritage Trail, but it started raining too hard.


For information about visiting USAHEC, click here.

You can find information about the exhibits here.


Newest Geneablogger – us!

As of today, A Week of Genealogy’s blog is one of the newest Geneabloggers!

You can read about it here:


Thanks to Thomas MacEntee for including us!