Genealogical societies are often one of the most overlooked,
reasonably priced resources available to researchers -- a shame, considering
what they have to offer, primarily in the form of sources and research
tools specific to their area of interest. With the growth of Internet,
many societies have a web page offering visitors a look at the society.
Some sites may just have information about joining, others may include
databases, results of ongoing member projects, locality background,
and other resources of interest.
There are a number of different types of societies;
each has a specific goal and area of coverage:
- local (city or region)
- area-specific (out of the country)
- specialty (such as royalty, medieval, and civil
war reenactment groups)