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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)
  • county
  • state
  • national
  • international
  • lineage
  • ethnic
  • area-specific (out of the country)
  • historical
  • specialty (such as royalty, medieval, and civil war reenactment groups)
  • surname-specific

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