What ideas do you think will get younger people involved in family history?
My view is that we, as genealogists, need to be where younger people are.
Now I would have said that was Facebook, but that appears to have been overtaken with other sites, such as Instagram and SnapChat
If you are doing a One-Name or One-Place study you can easily set up a Facebook Group which focuses on that name or place and encourages dialogue between members. I do use Instagram, but am certainly not a regular poster on that site.
Each post that I write here is posted to Dropbox and my Face book page and I do re-tweet and that is the way into the hearts and minds of younger generations. If you have other ideas and suggestions, please do leave a comment.
You can the read the discussion at the Facebook Family Tree Academy group and on Twitter using the #FHWeek
I think that AncestryDNA advertising has probably been well researched and young people are interested in the big picture – hence the focus of DNA testing is ethnicity – and the big picture where do you come from where does your family come from. One name studies that can help to align themselves with that sentiment may well have an audience.
I have recently been to two family reunions and was very surprised to see a large contingent of the younger generation.Not sure that they were really interested in the detailed family history but they were interested in the big picture and their family roots – they were pleased to be participating in celebrating their ancestors and connecting with their cousins.
While I like going from the detail, perhaps younger people want the broader brush strokes. However, I am pleased my immediate family reads my blog posts and that the posts are there for them to read when they have a question. They do tend to like the stories.
That is great Anne. Italians tend not to be interested, but those that are do the Ancestry test and My Heritage. I imported my Raw DNA data from FTDNA into My Heritage and am awaiting my results back from Ancestry – blog post on that soon!
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