Reach Out Series

The Reach Out Series offers member societies ideas for collaborating with others in the community, including ideas for joint projects, volunteer opportunities, partnerships, and more. Click on the title to download the full PDF.

Archives - Guest Series 2.1

Archivists employ a variety of outreach initiatives designed to help us share history and connect with researchers. Outreach is one of the most important tools for archivists; it builds new audiences and increases community awareness.

Colleges and Universities 1.1

This edition of Reach Out provides helpful suggestions to introduce, communicate and promote your society to an audience outside the immediate genealogical community. Students are the missing patrons and fostering a positive relationship with your association, library or society could lead to the next generation of volunteers.

Corporate Opportunities and Outside Relationships 1.1

Through online networking, you can let the world know about your society. There are several potential partnerships that can make your society sustainable in a digital world; options that include enhancing your collection with technology, collaborating with your community both online and in person, and educational endeavors.

Corporate Opportunities and Outside Relationships 1.2

Even when outreach is taken in small steps it can result in big opportunities. This edition of Reach Out focuses on how you can promote your society through a pilot project or through a homemade digitization project with your community. Not only can a pilot project be of assistance in educating your society members, but all it will cost you is time, not money.

Corporate Opportunities and Outside Relationships Green Edition

Did your membership society do anything special for Earth Day this year? Eco-friendly options that can be incorporated into your membership society's daily operations may also assist you when trying to form partnerships outside your immediate historical or genealogical society. Going green can be the key to leaving something for the Society's future membership to share and preserve.

Historians 1.1

Historians and genealogists maintain a curious, dichotomous relationship. There is no doubt that excellent genealogical research includes a layer of rich historical context as we place our ancestor's lives within the framework of their contemporary existence. Another layer to that context is the local history genealogists explore in order to understand the operating minutia of our ancestor's immediate sphere, which can yield unique documentary evidence, unveil hidden connections or lead to new family lines.

Homeschool Organizations and Groups - Guest Series 2.1

This issue of Reach Out shares ideas and information that will empower local societies to reach out to homeschool organizations and groups.

Libraries 1.1

Libraries play a central role in the research endeavors of family historians so it is important that libraries and genealogists maintain the vibrant relationship they have traditionally enjoyed. Frequently, complex and notable genealogical research projects begin in the humble sphere of the public library.

Libraries 1.2

Genealogical societies and libraries have a long history of beneficial partnerships. Both are repositories of local and state knowledge and help interested parties research family and community histories. While these organizations generally fulfill similar needs within the community, they have specific areas of expertise that make them useful and necessary.

Youth 1.1

This edition is aimed at all young family historians between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. Each issue of Reach Out will give you ideas for promoting your family history society and activities to your friends and schoolmates outside the genealogy world. You are the future of family history and the more young people who are involved, the better that future will be.

Youth 1.2

This edition is aimed at all young family historians between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. Each issue of Reach Out will give you ideas for promoting your family history society and activities to your friends and schoolmates outside the genealogy world. You are the future of family history and the more young people who are involved, the better that future will be.

Youth 2.1 - Guest Series

Includes information on partners, education, membership financial considerations, and other topics.