Genealogy goes prime time, and it's not just for the retired anymore

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  • Whip Orem, UT
    Aug. 15, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    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 curse.

  • avid reader Menan, ID
    Aug. 15, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    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.

  • silverfox Clearlake Oaks, CA
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    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.

  • TXCougOldster Tyler, TX
    Aug. 15, 2011 8:52 a.m.

    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. HELP!