July 15, 2022
The pandemic has disrupted all aspects of our lives – even the way we do genealogy. Many of us haven’t attended an in-person genealogical event in over two years. This situation is beginning to change.
Like many other genealogical societies around the country, LCGS has been able to carry on most of its core functions via Zoom during the pandemic. Monthly meetings, Board meetings, webinars, classes, one-on-one help sessions and more have been held virtually.
While it’s great that so many Society activities have been able to survive and even thrive virtually, I admit I’ve missed in-person gatherings. That’s why I was so excited to be able to attend LCGS’ first in-person monthly meeting in June.
Although attendance was sparse, only fourteen people, it was great to see some old friends. One of my favorite parts of monthly meetings has always been the spontaneous after-meeting conversations with other attendees. Over the years, I’ve congratulated folks on genealogical breakthroughs and commiserated over their brick walls.
The programs themselves are great; I’ve learned a lot over the last twenty or so years. The best part of genealogy societies, however, is the friendships I’ve made that have led to numerous research trips and attendance at conferences. Getting back to in-person meetings will hopefully lead to more such genealogical adventures.
I’ve been happy to learn that virtual events have led to many new LCGS members, including a number from other parts of the country. For them, in-person meetings won’t be an option. They also won’t be an option for those with health or other issues that preclude group gatherings. LCGS is keeping those folks in mind. All monthly meetings as well as most other Society events will be hybrid for the foreseeable future. That means that Zoom is still an option.
As if that weren’t enough, LCGS also records monthly meetings and many other classes. The recordings are available for those who cannot attend virtually or in-person.
July’s meeting will be held on July 21 at the Fort Collins Senior Center from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. The first half hour is always a social time with the meeting beginning at 6:30 pm. July’s program is “Voting Records: Genealogy’s Best Kept Secret.” For more info, visit the LCGS website at https://www.lcgsco.org/ .
I hope to see a lot of you there – either in-person or virtually. I’ve missed seeing all of you over the past two and a half years.