30 July 2012

Getting the Next Generation Involved in Genealogy Societies

Those of us very involved with genealogy are also often very involved in a genealogy society!  If we are involved with a genealogy society, at some point or another we have probably been an officer, chaired a committee or volunteered at an event. And, if you belong to the “typical” society of today, you are faced with a dwindling and “graying” membership and scratching your head trying to figure out how to get “new members!”

Elyse Doerflinger, 22, has been involved in genealogy research for 10 years and has created a video (just under 12 minutes) where she talks about involving the “Next Generation” (those under say 35) in genealogy.  She provides some really sound advice that applies not only to getting the “Next Generation” involved in genealogy societies and in genealogy research itself.

Do check out her video and also read the comments posted below it on her website.

Has your society taken any particular steps to encourage the “Next Generation” to participate in your local society?  Or, conversely, has your society learned the “hard way” what not to do as far as getting and retaining new members, especially the “Next Generation?”

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