Saturday was the Annual Indiana Genealogical Society's Conference. Dick Eastman was the main speaker. It was a great conference and I learned a lot.
But what most impressed me about the conference was the IGS annual meeting.
Here's the bad news.
Currently the society is paying more for publication and mailing costs than it is bringing in each year's membership dues. These costs keep increasing each year. Although there is currently a large amount of savings continuing down this path will cause the society to go out of business.
Now for the good news.
The board is looking to the future. The IGS Magazine is already an online only publication available in the members area of their website. But the time has come to also make their other publication, Indiana Genealogist, an online only publication. It will continue to be printed and mailed in 2010, but will be available only online in 2011. Changing to online only publications mean that the publications can have color, hyperlinks, extra pages and more at no additional cost.
But the most important thing is that instead of spending all the membership dues on the publications and eating into the society's savings, dues will now be used to continue record preservation projects.
Currently, IGS is working on the Hendricks County Probate records as a pilot preservation plan. One day they hope to have the funds for a project in all 92 Indiana counties. (I can only hope that Switzerland county makes the list early!)
I am glad to be a member of a society that is thinking about the future.