Barry's Relatively Speaking: Pass It On

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. C.J.Williams shares the following experience.

Converting the unbelieving non-genealogical world is worth the sin of proselyting. In lieu of broadcasting your chart full of names, and dates, which generally bore the novice, originate some conversation tactics.

Start an interest center in your home, or office. Acquire the tools of the trade that your ancestors made their living with and display them in a place of honor. For instance, my forebearers were Dutch shoemakers so I obtained a Holland clog and had the surnames of my ancient cobblers engraved on either side of the footwear. With the change of seasons I tuck various flower arrangements in the hollow of the arch and hang it for exhibition.

imagination is the key to spark interest. Embroidery family trees, but not with the same trivial data, but with little sentence stories of each ancestor. Sketch cartoons making a hero out of your illustrious progenitor.

When asked to share your hobby with a club or organization, dress in ethnical garb, braid or powder your hair, and learn the brogue of your heritage.

You will go rejoicing bringing in the sheaves because when you inspire the novice, the love of family history will mushroom and come back to you tenfold. This has been proven to me repeatedly when apprentices have sought my crafty technique, only to become contagious with ye old genealogical bug. Whalah! Mission accomplished.

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