There are many uses for a directory of family associations but undoubtedly the best use for it is for genealogical research--for making contact with family members, sharing information about family history, developing common ground between people of the same surname, arranging reunions, discovering who's out there and where you connect on the family tree, and finding out where you can go with your own research.
And there are a host of other uses--kin searching and heir searching, for
example, determining family migration patterns, even marketing your own
genealogical research. The possibilities are endless.
Based largely on data received in response to questionnaires sent to family
associations, reunion committees, and one-name societies, the 4th edition of the
Directory of Family Associations gives you access to a range of
possibilities, offering information on approximately 6,000 family associations
across the United States. Since by their very nature some of these organizations
exist for only a brief period of time or lack the staff to answer queries, the
compilers have supplemented the available information with data found on the
World Wide Web and with details gleaned from notices in the standard family
history journals and newsletters.
The result is an immensely useful A-Z directory of family associations giving
addresses, phone numbers, contact persons, and publications (if any). So whether
you're just starting your genealogical research or already waist deep in your
investigations, planning a family reunion or hoping to attend one, or simply
curious about your family or your surname, the course you choose from now on
will be governed by this indispensable directory.
"All genealogical libraries will want to have the latest edition of this
valuable resource on hand."--THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
RECORD, Vol. 128, No. 2 (April 1997), p. 135.
"The directory is an absolute necessity for any genealogical library worth
its salt."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL, Vol. 28 (1996), p. 165.
"This reference is indispensable!"--FEDERATION OF GENEALOGICAL
SOCIETIES FORUM, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 1995), p. 30.
"...a worthwhile effort...Recommended as an important addition to any
genealogical collection."--AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL, Vol. 23