Society Corner

Society PayPal

Does your society use PayPal? If not, why not? PayPal supports not-for-profit groups and has many tools that will extend your capabilities in any number of directions. So, just what can you do with PayPal? Collect membership dues. PayPal makes it easy to pay dues online – even if they don’t have a PayPal account.…

Society Evernote: The Policy and Procedure Manual

One society I belong to maintains their policy and procedures in a three-ring binder. Each board member and staff position gets one. I’m estimating that they cost approximately $120 to produce. This could explain why the policy and procedures manual hasn’t been updated in years. Unfortunately, reality (and technology) has changed significantly and many of…

Why Your Society Needs A Content Plan

In today’s society, managing public information means a lot more than press releases to local media and phone calls to your membership. In addition to the society web site, there’s social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus along with photo-sharing and video-sharing platforms. How are you going to deal with all of this?…

Society Evernote: Board Meetings

Evernote’s collaboration features make it a great tool to streamline a lot of board functions. By posting minutes, reports and proposals as notes then taking advantage of Evernote’s Work Chat function, board members can review, edit, ask questions and suggest changes well before the meeting begins. Then, during the meeting, all that’s needed is a quick…

Society Evernote: Organizing the Board

Evernote offers a number of features that can make life easier for your society’s board and staff. From streamlining board meetings to facilitating document reviews to providing an accessible information center, Evernote can help. To get started, you will need at least one Evernote premium account ($50/year) for the board. A premium account has larger…

Society Events – Personal Archives

Sometime back I sat in on a panel discussion of the future of genealogy. Most of the discussion revolved around technical advances and digital content being added at the large database sites. I was surprised that little was said about the impact of personal archives. While the large databases are a treasure trove of vital records, probate…

News Sources for the Society Blog

Genealogy news is a good way to make your society’s site an information center for your membership. There’s lots of news out there. You just need to learn how to find it. The best tool for that is a newsreader. A newsreader is a pleasant and efficient way to keep up with a large number…

The Future of Family History

Sometime back I sat in on a panel discussion of the future of genealogy. Most of the discussion revolved around technical advances and digital content being added at the large database sites. I was surprised that little was said about the impact of personal archives. While the large databases are a treasure trove of vital…

Google for Non-Profits

Google offers many tools for genealogy research, but there are also a number of tools that can improve society operations and support your membership. Even better, Google offers non-profit organizations an amazing array of tools for free or at highly-discounted rates. Plus, they have an impressive support system to help you take advantage of those tools…