The society's objectives are to operate a genealogical reference library available to members and the public; encourage and assist members and others in the pursuit of genealogical research; contribute genealogical information to newspapers and periodicals; publish materials of interest to genealogists; and promote the importance of genealogy in the preservation of the family, past, present and future. Bryson City, North Carolina.
This group was started by David L. Habegger in 1995 as a way to bring together genealogists working on Anabaptist families. The group started out with the nickname O.M.I.I. as the participants were primarily from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Over the years the group has continued to expand and now has members from dozens of states and multiple countries.
The Swiss Benevolent Society of New York is the oldest charitable Swiss organization in the United States. Founded in 1832 and formally organized in 1846, it has continued to function without interruption to the present day, always responding to the socioeconomic changes of the times.
The Society was founded in 1872, shortly after the destructive Chicago fire, and was designed at first to help out members of the Swiss Community of Chicago to weather the hardships inflicted upon them by the fire.