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Younger Genealogists are Becoming Larger in Numbers

Since I am only 23 years old, I am always interested in hearing about more younger people becoming involved with genealogy. As I have said in the past, I believe the younger generations are going to be the ones who create new technology and techniques for us to do our research more efficiently and timely. It seems like every week I am either meeting new people who are my age (or younger) who are interested in genealogy. This growth of interest is exciting to me. Earlier today I read a blog post on the My Heritage Blog about three young genealogists from Spain, Argentina and Israel. They share with us how and when they became interested in genealogy and some great stories from their research. Whether you are a younger genealogist or not, I highly recommend reading this article and help spread the word to your kids, grandkids or even great-grandkids to show them that genealogy and family history isn't just for "old people" like many of them think. A Growing Interest Among the Youngest: Family History

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  1. A.C. — Yes, you young-uns are the Future! And we are ready to invest. I hope you have seen the announcement at of a new Student Genealogy Grant to help a young genealogist attend the 2011 Jamboree. I hope you will consider applying for the grant!

  2. I’ve been interested in genealogy since my teens. I can remember drawing family trees by hand and talking to various family members to see what they knew.

    It wasn’t until I was 24 that I really started to pursue it seriously. The birth of my daughter followed a few months later by the death of my great grandmother was the catalyst.

    It’s nice to see more younger people taking an active interest in their family history. Even now at 28, I still feel sometimes like I’m something out of the ordinary. When I attended the Atlanta Family History Expo last year, I was one of the youngest people there.

    I’ve been encouraging my two younger sisters to start tracing their roots. My middle sister just now started at 26. My youngest sister (22) hasn’t got the bug yet, but she does enjoy hearing about my finds.

  3. Thanks for the comment Denise! I have seen the announcement about the Student Genealogy Grant on various blogs. This is exciting! I will definitely apply for the grant!

  4. Dee,

    Thanks for the comment! I really like to hear how people got started in genealogy, especially when they started when they were young like me! Just keep working on getting your sisters involved. It will happen one day!!

  5. I think the growing number of younger people becoming involved with genealogy is related to the computer/technology foundation they received early in their lives. Some of the things genealogists do today in their research is very similar to the things non-genealogists do as a part of their jobs and daily lives.

  6. Encourage the youth to grab the video camera and record your older relatives while they look at old pictures. Later you can scan the pictures and add them to the video. You can record the kids looking back at their own pictures.

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