20 September 2012

Getting the Younger Generations Into Genealogy in Three Easy Steps

Source:  http://familyhistory21ster.blogspot.com/


At the recent FGS conference (August in Birmingham AL) there was A LOT of discussion about getting the younger generation involved in genealogy and it was the first time that I heard the term 21ster to refer to those who are more tech-oriented and probably never have visited a courthouse, looked at microfilm, etc

At the same time, Scott Phillips was posting an article on the Huffington Post talking about this same topic.

There is one question that seems to pervade genealogy today. It is this: 'How do we get the next generation 'into' genealogy?'

Many organisations, companies, and families struggle with this question. While I don't profess to be a mastermind, I do follow three simple mantras in all my genealogy efforts in order to draw in those younger than myself. They are simple, easy, and in my experience, surefire. They have worked for me and may well work for others...


This has great relevance to all genealogists and family historians, regardless of whether an officer of a genealogy society, a manager of an archives or library, or just someone seeking the next person in the family to carry the “torch” for this passion of ours.

As, it’s not just a passion, it’s also an important part of preserving our unique and shared history for future generations.




Do you have tips to share on how to engage younger “family historians?”  Please share!




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