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Digitization by the Youth

I am constantly thinking of ways to get younger people involved with genealogy. I think it is so hard because so many younger people are too involved with other things to even care about their ancestry right now in their lives.

I think my church did a great job getting a little spark of interest in some of the people tonight. They had planned on everyone doing some indexing of records that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing. I didn't expect to see as many people there as there was! I figured there would be a couple people show up, but there were quite a few! I think there is about 20 or so computers in the Family History Center there and there were people that were waiting their turn to try the indexing. 

After about 15 minutes one of the coordinators asked if anyone wanted to take a break and let some other people try because some of them were just waiting in the hall because there weren't enough computers and room for them in there. I was shocked! I gladly gave up my computer and let someone else try it. I figured I have done quite a bit and would let someone else see if it could spark their interest in genealogy.

If you have youth groups, or know of ones that are looking for activities, I would suggest setting up a time and place, whether it be a Family History Center or just the library, and introduce something like that to them. I think many of you will be surprised like I was to see how many people show up and actually think it is interesting and fun! Let me know if you have done an activity like this or if you do one in the future. I am always interested to hear about ways to get more people involved with genealogy.

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