Sunday, March 7, 2010

Indiana Genealogical Society - Doin' Things Right!

[Note: this post is part of the 1st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies]

The theme of the 1st Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies is to highlight a favorite genealogy society and point out a program, a publication, an event or an on-line function which supports the mission of the society and really stands out.  My shout out is for the Indiana Genealogical Society (IGS) and their member's only section of their website.

I only recently joined IGS and to be honest, I didn't do so because I have Indiana ancestors.  I joined because I kept seeing blog posts about all the new additions and databases available at IGS on their website.  At last count, the members-only section had over 245 different databases ranging from cemetery records, military records and African-American records.  I said to myself: "Here is a society that gets it.  Here is a society that is doing it right.  They deserve my support."

When I joined IGS online I was very impressed at the process.  I was able to purchase the IGS membership via PayPal and then within 24-hours I received my login credentials for the Members Only section.  What I also appreciated was the lack of paper generated in the process - it was made clear to me that I wouldn't be bombarded with flyers and forms via snail mail.

My hope is that in the future more and more genealogical societies increase their online presence by offering not only valuable members only content, but also a streamlined method of becoming a member using online payments and opting out of snail-mail delivered paper.

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

1 comment:

Kathryn Doyle said...

Thanks for this contribution to the First Edition of the Carnival of Genealogical Societies. The California Genealogical Society website's "members only" section has been the subject of many a discussion lately. Thanks for sharing information on a group that does it right. And thanks for publicizing the CoGenSo on Facebook.