01 October 2014

Volunteers are invaluable to our family history community!

Source; San Jose Library

I do think some people are superhuman – not that they necessarily have special powers and they do have a seemingly superhuman dedication to helping others!

I was reminded of this when I read Want to learn about your genealogy? A Virginia man compiles area resources in The Washington Post.
Twenty years ago, Harold McClendon offered to help his son with a middle school homework assignment on his ancestors.

Harold hasn’t really ever stopped...

 “The appeal to me, I guess, is that I get to meet the people of my past,” Harold said. “If they hadn’t done what they did, I wouldn’t exist.”

... He volunteers to help people with their family history questions. And after becoming involved with the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society (unaffiliated with George Washington’s plantation home), he created Harold’s List, a massive calendar of genealogy-related events taking place across our area.

If you live in VA or nearby, definitely check out his list.  Events into summer 2015 are listed.

Do you know of a person like Harold who has selflessly created a resource of great benefit to local genealogists and family historians?

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