If this is your first visit to the Vermont Genealogy Library Forums I would like to welcome you and encourage your active participation. I hope that these forums will become a useful and vital connection between our many members and act to facilitate the sharing of their extensive knowledge of Vermont family history.
One target group for these forums is the set of members who live too far away to visit the library or spend months in other states during part of the year. We have been working recently on ways to increase the resources available to these remote members. John Fisher (#2) has added several links to content on our main website and he recently added PDF copies of handouts from our classes. Over the past 8 months Bill Craig (#836) has been busy building the web infrastructure to allow even more collaboration. This forum is one of the products enabled by Bill's efforts.
Unless you are an experienced user of online forums I suggest you review our short introduction in the forum: New Forum Members / User Guidelines (Topic: How to use this forum). It discusses forum basics, how to post a new topic and how to reply to one. Discussion forums can initially seem intimidating but once you take the plunge and make a few posts (or reply to some) you'll realize how simple and enjoyable they can be. To steal a phrase...'post early and post often.'
In order to insure the forum topics remain informative, friendly and free from solicitations or ads we have a few rules. These are also in the forum: New Forum Members / User Guidelines. The topic is 'Simple Forum Guidelines.' If you need more insight on our rules there is a more lengthy discussion under the topic 'Complete Forum Guidelines.'
Our initial forums will be Introductions, Surname Research, Tools and Resources, Organizing Records and General Topics (for everything and anything else).
These forums will provide you with a great place to communicate, share information and collaborate. But their success requires a team effort. They'll only become valuable to the society if we all participate - posting, replying and reading the content. If you have a brick wall, a new resource you love or an answer that might help another member - please post on the appropriate forum. Now let's get out there and have some fun!