Society and organizational histories can be a great way to learn more about your ancestor’s social life. Even if your ancestor isn’t mentioned by name, you can learn about projects and events your ancestor may have taken part in, and in the case of genealogical society publications, you may find a family member has submitted some of your family history to the publication. In these cases, you could find names, birth, marriage, and death dates, relationships, as well as stories about that family.
Helping to shape their community or university was important to your ancestor.Whatever organization or society they joined, membership and service records were typically kept.
In these records you can find more insight into the character of your ancestor, information about them and their families, as well as their accomplishments such as awards, diplomas, recognitions, and offices.