Talk about busy!
As soon as RootsTech ended, Daniel Horowitz and I flew to Albuquerque (New Mexico) to participate in A Taste of Honey, a community-wide education event, sponsored by MyHeritage.com.
Here we are at the MyHeritage display:
Genealogy is a popular subject here, even though there were many sessions on on completely different topics.
My presentation focused on Genealogy 101 - how to get started and, more importantly, why - while Daniel's presentation encouraged family history researchers to utilize all of MyHeritage.com's features.
Both groups asked questions and would have stayed longer if another event hadn't been scheduled in the same space immediately following.
We met numerous individuals during the day:
- One man had been researching for more than 20 years and kept all his information in notebooks and files. He had never used a genealogy software program.
- A woman wasn't sure why she should be researching her family history, and we attempted to explain why preservation of family data is so important to future generations.
- Another attendee commented on her lack of knowledge of Russian, and how she felt frustrated. Fortunately, there was a native Russian speaker in the audience who promised to assist her.
What does this all mean?
It means that as we make our connections, as people help each other - by sheer coincidence - to find family, that family history is being preserved in various ways.
Perhaps a child or grandchild simply isn't interested right now. But we hope that years later that interest will develop.
We know that thanks to some of the people we met in Albuquerque, those unique family histories will be preserved and it will be ready for future generations when they become interested.
And now, after just a few days back from RootsTech and A Taste of Honey, I'm flying today to London to attend the "Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE" family history fair. Our team will be at the MyHeritage.com display and several of us (UK genealogy advisor Laurence Harris, chief genealogist Daniel Horowitz and myself) will be speaking at the event.
Will you be attending the London event? If so, drop in at the booth and say hello. It is always a treat for us to meet up with our MyHeritage "family."
We look forward to greeting you!