Genealogical Society of Victoria is about to introduce a new level of membership. It will be for people aged 18-25 [with proof of age required for eligibility]. This membership classification will be totally digital with no printed copy of our Ancestor journal and no hard-copy communications. Social networking will be a major focus for these members.
We need your help with a name for this new membership group. One suggestion to-date is 'Next Generation Genies'. What do you suggest?
As I was thinking about this blog, another blog hit my screen - how timely! It was from findmypast.com [the North American arm of findmypast] and titled 'Youth in Genealogy'.
One thread in that blog that kept coming back to me was the ability for these new younger family history researchers to talk to their parents, grandparents, and sometimes great-grandparents. How often have we heard ... "I wish I'd listened to my 'xyz-ancestor' while he/she was still alive"?
If we knew as much about family history research as we do today when we were younger, not only would we have listened more but we would have known what questions to ask.
This new generation of genealogists have that opportunity - and of course we should encourage them and not just envy them.
Please send me suggestions for this new young membership group - particularly if you are part of that group.