I have mostly stayed out of the discussions of the last week or so regarding the 'genealogy community' and the respective roles of genealogy bloggers and genealogy societies therein. You've probably been reading some of them, but if you have not, and are interested, Randy Seaver, in his weekly "Best of the Blogs" post this week provides the links to most of the series posts.
Personally, I support an inclusive definition of 'genealogy community,' believe genealogy bloggers play a generally supportive and communications role, and that genealogy societies have an important role, but need to adapt their missions to the future needs of genealogists and family historians; many already have, of course.
I am mostly concerned that the distinctive resources that have been collected through the efforts of millions of individual society members in their local communities be preserved and made more widely available to families and researchers. I believe this mission deserves more discussion and attention. There are many alternatives available; I'm mostly concerned that many of these endangered distinctive resources will be lost to future researchers and families before adequate solutions are agreed upon and acted upon.
What do you think? What suggestions do you have? What have you personally done to help some of these endangered distinctive resources? I'd love to hear about them.
Families are Forever! ;-)