So many people think of genealogy as an avocation for retirees. For a while, I felt a little lonely, but more and more Gen X genealogists are connecting and showing up at conventions.
Now one of my challenges as a parent is also trying to interest my children in genealogy, without making it feel like a chore. I respect my children's unique interests and if they aren't keen on family history, that's alright. But it was nice to see that my son responded to the photographs.
I think if we want to involve our children, we have to find the approach that touches them most. Maybe my daughter will enjoy tromping through cemeteries with me, while my son will be more interested in the faces of the people he never knew. Maybe my son will be fascinated with the places they lived, while my daughter will be more intrigued by the stories of their adventures. Who knows?
The internet makes family history more and more accessible to all of us. One of The NextGen Genealogy Network's goals is to encourage young people explore this interest, and let them know they aren't alone. Genealogy isn't a "senior citizen's" hobby.
It's for anyone who wants to explore it, and the communities around it are open to everyone.
Do you involve your children in genealogy and, if so, how?
Copyright (c) 2014 Wendy L. Callahan