Since we moved to lovely Lompoc almost 3 years ago, I've meant to get involved in the local genealogical society. Every month, I would see the meeting notice in the newspaper and make a mental note to attend the meeting. Sometimes I even put it on my calendar.
Life got in the way most months, but a couple of times - including last month - I actually got off my behind and went to where the meeting was supposedly being held. Oddly enough, there were never any cars in the parking lot, and the place was deserted.
So, when I saw the meeting notice again in Sunday's newspaper, I decided to do the smart thing and call for information.
The first number I called was disconnected. Not a good sign.
My call to the second number was answered by a very surprised lady.
Where did you get my number?She gave me a contact name and number for someone in this "new" group, and asked me to please ask him to call the newspaper and have the meeting notice with her phone number in it stopped.
In the newspaper, I told her.
Really? And what was the name of the group listed in the newspaper?
The Lompoc Valley Genealogical Society.
Wow, that's odd. I haven't been to meetings for that group in a long time. And they don't meet at the LDS Church anymore.
I'd guessed that already.
They're called the Lompoc Genealogy Club now, and they only meet occasionally in members' homes.
I called, and the gentleman on the line was quite surprised that the ad for the "old" LVGS was still running in the newspaper.
There's only one newspaper in town - doesn't anyone read it?
Turns out that the "new" group is now defunct, too. Membership had dwindled to about five regular members, and as he put it, it's hard to find officers and run a society with only a handful of members.
So true... and sadly, so common these days. It's often hard to find officers and run a society with 100 members.
He did offer to help me with my research, but I declined. I really wasn't looking for help so much as "fellowship" with live genealogists. Thankfully, I get that with my fellow genea-bloggers, but sometimes that face-to-face interaction helps in the motivation department.
So, how's the health of your local genealogical society?
Mine passed away... leaving no obituary in the newspaper.