Society of Genealogists Communications
Beginning March 2nd 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. Additionally, administration tools will no longer be available to list administrators and mailing lists will be put into an archival state. Administrators may save the emails in their list prior to March 2nd. After that, mailing list archives will remain available and searchable on RootsWeb,
This will affect the Society of Genealogists current Rootsweb mailing list which will not function after March 2nd
Like many similar genealogical and historical societies, the Society of Genealogists has a number of ways to disseminate news and for members to glean information and help as outlined below:
The Genealogists Magazine
This is published quarterly with articles and space for letters and questions and is made available to all new members as an online colour PDF or to existing members as a paper copy. Members can use their online profile in the members area of the website to request a PDF rather than paper copy if required. (Given the costs of postage this will be much appreciated if members elect to receive the PDF). Letters and enquiries can be sent to the editor care of the SoG or email email@example.com and this will be passed on the editor.
The e-newsletter is available for members and non-members and is disseminated via an email at the end of each month. This reports news from and about the SoG, our events, publication and news from the genealogical community. If anyone has news or information they wish to submit to the newsletter they should email firstname.lastname@example.org and this will be passed on the editor. Anyone can subscribe to the free e-newsletter via the website.
The Members’ online Community Hub
The hub is an online forum for members in the exclusive members’ area of the website. It is intended that this will largely replace the defunct Rootsweb email. It allows for themed, threaded conversations and provides an opportunity for members to ask questions, help each other and to discuss genealogical matters. It is administered by the SoG IT support and volunteers. Unlike the old Rootsweb list this is available only to current SoG members and remains private. The Community Hub has conversation threads where enquiries can be made about general genealogical questions and specific questions about sources. However, like the Rootsweb list it is a platform for members to talk to each other and is not the formal means to communicate with staff or Trustee board members.
The Society’s website has an open public news section which also reports news from and about the SoG, our library, events and publications and news from the genealogical community. This is the most current and immediate means of communication and it is here that we will also report, for example, power cuts or unexpected closures.
Library news also appears on the library pages of the website and this will report on user forums and surveys etc.
Follow us on Social Media
The Society is active on Social Media. News and events which are mentioned on the news page of the SoG website will also be reported on Twitter @SoGGenealogist and Facebook and information about our genealogy events can be found on Pinterest and Instagram.
Subscribe to Direct Emails
Regular direct emails from the SoG are sent to those members and non-members who sign up to receive news about SoG publications, SoG data online, publication of the Genealogists’ Magazine and e-newsletters and SoG events. Subscription to these emails can be controlled via the account profile created when you sign on the SoG website.
Personal genealogical consultations are available with volunteer members in the library on alternate Saturdays or by 'phone using the genealogical advice line (020 7490 8911) on Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Information about booking consultations and the advice line hours are on the learn and library pages of the website
To sum up
General queries and questions, genealogical enquiries, library searches, press enquiries and other matters can be directed by phone, email or post to the appropriate SoG department such as the library, membership or genealogist. Telephone number, emails and addresses are found in the contact page of the website
The society is always looking to improve its communication and help to members and non-members alike – within of course the restraints of the resources available to its staff and volunteers. The genealogy community is moving to social media and given the growth of followers on our Twitter and Facebook feeds we are considering expanding the Facebook presence to create an SoG Members’ Facebook Group where questions and help can be sought. This will depend on the resource we can find to administer this. There is no intention, at the moment, to replace the redundant SoG Rootsweb email list with anything similar but of course this will be kept under review.