The more inviting we make genealogy, the more we will entice others to join us in our family history, love of genealogy, and our ancestral journeys!
Recently I started thinking more and more that I needed to expand my efforts to something even broader. I wasn't sure what it might be, but I knew I was developing an itch to take a step up and undertake a project something that would not only meet my interests, but also to make a difference to folks far beyond my direct reach.
n the many years I have been pursuing my genealogy, ancestry, and family history as a genealogical historian I have been blessed to learn much. Much about family, history, people both living and dead, and how to be what I like to think is an effective genealogist.
Tracing family history always throws up stories because people make stories. It doesn't really matter that these people are related to you - I still maintain that - but mining your own family for stories is as good an option as any.
Every time you sit back and rock with laughter at the efforts of 'The Office', 'The Royle Family', 'Arrested Development
In my genealogy work, when I have collaborated as a team, we have ended up with some of the finest outcomes we could have hoped for. Many of which would not have been possible without collaborating.
While I fully understand that journals can be highly private matters, if someone leaves one to another family member(s) or the 'family library' then, at least in my mind, it moves from the realm of 'private journal' to 'history book'. You may disagree with this point of view...
Whether you're searching for long-lost family or want more information about your ancestors, you might find lots of scandals and surprises along the way. From bigamy to secret children and even prison sentences, it's amazing what information you can dig up and it can easily become quite addictive. So just how do you get started?
Comedy, like almost everything else in the world, goes through different phases. Inspired by the success of Curb Your Enthusiasm, there's been an increasing number of improvised comedies being produced or in the pipeline. But after distinctly mixed reviews for Jeff Garlin's Dealin' with Idiots and Christopher Guests Family Tree, is this a sustainable format?
Without more respect in the genealogy community the popularity of genealogy will begin to crash and burn, the growth will stop, and the buzz will cease. To me it is simple .... Far more folks in genealogy need to be respectful and accepting of anyone's, and everyone's, reasons for undertaking their genealogy, ancestral studies, and pursuit of their family history.