Thursday, April 17, 2014

410. Hamilton County Group Closes Up Shop

   I was sorry to see the Hamilton County Genealogy Society suspend operations, although the handwriting was on the wall a long time ago.
   I was President of that group about 20 years in the past, when it was known as the North Indianapolis Genealogy Group. At that time we met in the old Carmel Library across from the high school. We did mainly programs each month and not much else. When the group folded about a month ago, they were doing exactly the same thing.
  Can you say, "Sure recipe for disaster!" Genealogy has changed a lot in 20 years, and genealogy groups either change with it, or the result is what happened to Hamilton County. The HCGS wasn't really a society in the true sense; they didn't have publications, didn't do projects, they didn't have a library, didn't do any of those things a "standard" genealogy society normally does.
   The main thing they didn't do was recruit members. As the older attendees died or moved or lost interest, new ones did not replace them. The group just withered away.
   Don't let that happen to your group--work for it, work with it, cooperate with others to keep the motor running and the excitement flowing. Two things usually kill most groups of all kinds: apathy and infighting. Apathy killed Hamilton County. Too bad. Maybe, though, something will rise from the ashes. Maybe a real genealogy society. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

1 comment:

  1. Hopefully a new organization will come out of it, there's too much history in Hamilton Co. for it to not have a society. I have ancestors from there and would benefit from a society that published books, etc.