27 July 2010

How Are We Exciting Young Genealogists?

Our recent video about Thomas Adams, recipient of the Rubincam Youth Award, proves that genealogy is truly a family affair. Upon learning that he won the award, the first person he told was his great-aunt, Rosalie T. Adams, who was instrumental in helping him discover information about his great-grandfather and grandfather.

NGS wants more young people to experience the excitement of discovering their roots. We're looking for stories about genealogy projects that families are doing together. Perhaps you're planning a road trip with research stops, recording oral histories at family gatherings, or showing your children how to sleuth for records at the library or county clerk's office. Maybe you're working together to compile and illustrate an ancestry chart, or even visiting your forebears' old stomping grounds. Now's the perfect time to engage young people in the joys of genealogy and immerse them in living history.

How are you getting the next generation interested in family history?  Share your experiences in the comments section below! ◦