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From: "Joy Rich" <>
Subject: Re: [APG] Why do genealogists disenfranchise themselves?
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 17:29:24 -0400

Melinde, regarding membership, the proposed by-laws say "Effective upon adoption of these
by-laws, the Society shall have no members."


Joy Rich
Chapter Representative, New York Metro Chapter
Association of Professional Genealogists


From: "Melinde Sanborn" <>
Subject: [APG] Why do genealogists disenfranchise themselves?
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 14:28:08 -0400

I am a proponent of open access, transparency in government, and democratic

In 2003 after NEHGS members voted to disenfranchise themselves, I joined the
country's second most venerable genealogical society, the NY Genealogical
and Biographical Society, where I could vote. My grandmother, who had been a
member of the Boston society practically since they allowed women members,
would have been scandalized. At the time the G&B was doing innovative things
that deserved praise and support. I have enjoyed access to unique online
databases, excellent seminars and ghost walks, and voting at the annual
meetings, one of which I was even able to attend.

Last week I received a NYG&B ballot proxy in the mail asking me to
disenfranchise myself yet again.

What is going on?

Somebody please explain to me why you would be part of a genealogical
society that has a closed board of governance, takes your money, and doesn't
offer any accountability for their actions?

Are any of the other societies out there planning to do this, and if so,
would somebody please tell me so I can drop my membership!

Melinde Lutz Sanborn, FASG
Nonplussed in New Hampshire

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