I hope that the Genealogy Conference at BYU is as good as it is advertized. I
for one have struggled with genealogy since it went digital. I especially find
that so-called Family History Specialists in our local LDS Stake FH Library are
woefully under trained, if at all trained. We keep getting headlines how great
things are in this digital age for genealogist. As was once said in a US
Presidential campaign, "where's the beef?" I for one am lost in this
purported sea of digital magic. Maybe i need to come to the BYU Conference.
I love doing my family history research and unfortunately, I don't have a lot of
time to do that because I have to work. I find it frustrating that people who
are famous get special attention with their family history just because they are
famous. I realize that NBC does this for rating purposes, but it's still not
right. Every person counts and matters. To me it would be more interesting to
see the ancestors of a man or woman who lives on the street. Thus proving that
every person is the same, famous or not.
The nice thing about digital family history is you can do it at your computer.
Not everything, however, many still have to access the family history centers to
read old films. Even then you can still have access to the films if you order
films into your family history. The family search indexing done on
line is for everyone, and once you learn how to do it you will spend many
wonderful hours helping with the the different census and other records to be
made available on line. Many of the youth also do this indexing. In our area the
youth who go to Martin's Cove are taught indexing to help them feel a connection
with their ancestors.I love the programs like "Who do You think
you are?" and the generations project. The famous people they have
highlighted are helping more people to become aware of their own ancestors. The
generations project does not just highlight famous people but ordinary people.
I say hurrah computers and digital genealogy. I have been searching my ancestors
since I took classes at BYU when I was young. I am now 70 years old.
Great article. I think you mean 'piqued' and not 'peaked'. This is the
second time I've seen this mistake in the past two weeks. :) A proofreader's