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Genealogical Society returns for face-to-face meetings in January; new member welcome

From a press release by the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society

Do you long for a challenge and a steady voice that encourages you? For members of the Doña Ana County Genealogical Society (DACGS), that voice belongs to current DACGS President Elaine McKinney.

DACGS began in January 2008. The mission is to meet the genealogical needs of its members and the public through the acquisition, maintenance, and dissemination of genealogical and historical information.

McKinney led society through the Covid pandemic, shifting meetings from face-to-face encounters in the Roadrunner Room of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library (TBML) to zoom virtual meetings, which were hugely successful. By using Zoom, the society has had the privilege of attracting world-renowned presenters, and membership has grown to include many participants outside of the state.

The organization will continue to evolve as McKinney hands over the reins to John Charbonnet, who takes over the position of President on January 1st.

The society continues to offer first-class genealogy lectures every second Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. The January 12 meeting will be the first face-to-face meeting since pandemic restrictions began almost two years ago. The meetings will now be hybrid, with personal meetings in the Roadrunner Room from TBML and also virtually via Zoom.

If you are a genealogist, or are adding or starting your family history or family history research, contact DACGS at [email protected] You can also consider membership as the annual membership fee is minimal.

Membership includes access to a variety of genealogical resources through the Society’s website, assistance with genealogical research, coaching programs, and informative monthly presentations.

Non-members are cordially invited to attend the monthly meetings in person or via zoom.

For Zoom access, email [email protected] at least two days before the meeting time. All social programs are public.

Visit dacgs.org.

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