What is the Society for One-Place Studies? We are an organization dedicated to promoting the public understanding of one-place studies. Our Society is made up of individual family historians, local history groups, genealogical or family history societies, and local archives or libraries. Our members are researchers who want to put our ancestors’ lives in the context of the times and the place where they lived.
Our Society brings together those with an interest in one-place studies and those with an interest in local history and family history. Many members register a one-place study and coordinate their research activities with others from that same place, as well as the local historical society or the local genealogy society. However, our Society is not restricted to members who want to register a one-place study. We welcome all those who simply want to learn more about one-place studies and apply it to their own family history research.
What does the Society Do? We work alone or in groups. We connect with fellow family historians about that one-place we study to share information, and acquire additional data and documents. We gather the stories and photographs. We identify the local families. We study their lives by learning about their homes, schools, civic groups, occupations, religious affiliations, their food, culture, and ethnic or racial makeup. We study the past and the present of our one-place.
We put it all together and share it so that our one-place will have its story told and will live on whether its population is large or small, whether it has grown and prospered or has seen its numbers dwindle. A one-place study brings us closer to our ancestors and helps us understand their lives. A one-place study is an opportunity to walk in their footsteps and share their lives with the world.
How Does This Page Work? Our Society is an online/internet based organization. We have a website that includes resources, one-place studies profiles and a blog about one-place studies for members and non-members alike. We also have a number of resources directed to members only. In addition to our website presence, we also have a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and now a Google+ Page and Community. We plan on providing Google+ Hangouts on Air as an opportunity for our worldwide members and all those interested to interact and learn from one-place studies' presentations
Please follow us here on our Google+ Page and join our Google+ Community. We will keep you in the know about one-place studies, and schedule hangouts on air for presentations and regular meetings - all in an effort to help you learn more about one-place studies, share tools, tips and best practices, get one-on-one assistance and ask other Society members and one-place researchers for expert help.