If Your Family is Not From the Area Where You Currently Live, Should You Join a Local Society?
Most genealogists eventually must do research outside their home area. But the techniques and methods they use are basically the same regardless of the area. Many of our members do not have ancestors in the Cobb County area, but the exchange of ideas with other members and the educational articles in the Family Tree Quarterlies serve as a valuable resource.
What are the Benefits of Membership in the Genealogy Society of Cobb County?
- Ancestor Charts: The Society compiles ancestor charts from the membership for publication as well as maintaining copies for use by the members. Coming soon to our Members Only section of the Website!
- Course in Genealogy and Family History: Each year the Society offers a five-week course taught by its members. The course is free of charge; however, there is a charge for course materials.
- Family Tree Newsletter: Provides members with items of local interest, events, lectures, new member information, and resources in the Georgia room.
- Family Tree Quarterly: Includes articles of general interest plus actual records such as early tax records and newspaper abstracts, extracts from other records, family histories, as well as items of interest from over 75 genealogical and historical societies nationwide. Members may submit an unlimited number of queries for publication annually.
- Full Day Seminars: The Society conducts an occasional full day seminar featuring national and regional professional genealogists. These seminars provide advanced information on methods and practices for experienced genealogists at a nominal cost to members.
- Georgia Room: Genealogy Society of Cobb County is a 'Friend of the Georgia Room'. The Cobb County Library system has established a special room for genealogical records, many of which have been provided by the Cobb County Genealogical Society, Inc. Publication exchanges from other socities are donated to the Georgia Room.
- Membership Directory: The Society publishes an annual directory of its members with their pertinent information including e-mail addresses. Included is a cross-reference of the surnames being researched for easy identification of other members who are researching the same surnames. Coming soon to our Members Only section of the Website!
- Monthly Lecture Series: Held on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December at 7 PM at the Cobb Central Library, which provide continuing education to Society members. The Society engages speakers with expertise in a wide range of genealogical topics for the lectures.
- Preservation: Cobb County records and resources are a major goal. Cobb County has very limited microfilmed / digitized records and few available at the Georgia State Archives. The Society has extracted official records for publication. The Society has listed and published three volumes of cemeteries in Cobb County and one volume of marriage records.
- Research Trips: The Society organizes research trips to repositories in Georgia including the National Archives - Southeast Regional facility located in Morrow, Georgia. Society members often have access to research areas, which are not available to non-members.
- Website: The Society maintains this Website to provide information to members about Society meetings, publications, queries, and other genealogical events.