Friday, July 15, 2011

Just Do Something!

Just Do Something! That’s my message in this inaugural posting for the Youth Genealogy and Historical Research blog. Just do something to get youth involved in genealogy and historical research.

Your involvement might be on a one-on-one basis like Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog who teaches her young cousin through fun-filled activities how to do genealogy or like Antoinette Harrell of Nurturing Our Roots who teaches her young granddaughter about her ancestry.

Getting Youth Involved in Genealogy

My Granddaughter Learning her Family History

Your involvement might be on a larger scale with an extensive program like the eight week program I just completed in teaching youth in my community how to research the histories of their church. Or it could be like the Ancestral Project taught by Nicka Smith of The Atlas Family Blog, whose program focused on teaching youth how to do family research. (See Programs section of this blog for articles about these two programs.)

Whatever the degree of your involvement, just do something. I invite Genealogists and Family Historians to share their ideas on this blog. Please feel free to contribute information by either posting a comment or sending me a message through the Contact Form on this site.

Happy Hunting and Don’t Forget the Youth!

Drusilla Pair aka “Professor Dru"


  1. This looks great Dru! Wonderful idea!

  2. Love the new site. Teaching our youth about genealogy is important. After all, if we don't, who will carry on the research after we're gone?

    I've been actively researching my family history since my daughter was 6 months old. She's now 5 and showing a strong interest in genealogy.

    She enjoys looking at the old pictures I have and talking about who is in the picture and what relation they are to her.

    She also accompanies me on cemetery trips, both for taking volunteer photos and for photographing family headstones. I write down the names we're looking for on a piece of paper so she can help me locate the headstones. She's even found a couple I missed.

    Last year, she asked for her own camera so she could take photos herself. I bought her a cheap one to start with until I saw how she handled it. I upgraded her to my old digital camera this year. She takes pretty good pictures.