Membership

Best Benefit Ever: Online Research Options

With two new member offerings, the Southern California Genealogical Society is making it cheaper for members to research their lineage.

With two new member offerings, the Southern California Genealogical Society is making it cheaper for members to research their lineage.

What’s the benefit? The Southern California Genealogical Society is adding a couple of new options for its lineage-focused membership: a discount on a one-year subscription to Find My Past, equivalent to the cost of a one-year SCGS membership ($35), and free remote access to Fold3, which offers access to military records. The association announced the new offerings this month at its annual meeting, the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree.

Why it works for them: With online genealogy research becoming more popular, groups like SCGS offer the best of both worlds by combining access to vast online resources with the camaraderie of an association. “We are honored to have a strong member base of genealogists and family historians … who recognize the benefits of membership in SCGS. With the addition of these two new programs, we expect that an SCGS membership will become even more valuable,” the group’s president, David Burde, said at the conference.

Other benefits: Beyond its online resources—which include webinars and remote access to websites such as World Vital Records—the society runs a library in Burbank, which hosts a series of workshops and events. The library also offers in-person access to resources for the history-minded, such as a special library edition of Ancestry.com, an online archive of The Los Angeles Times, and discounts on assistance from in-house researchers.

And since your genealogical search might get a little kick-start with some genetic testing, the society offers a discount on FamilyTreeDNA, too. Neat.

(iStock/Thinkstock)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

Got an article tip for us? Contact us and let us know!


Comments