I recently signed up for a free trial of a product and since this is how some companies handle their marketing and customer service, I received a phone call from the company. They wanted to make sure I fully understood how to use the product, if I had any questions, etc. Without revealing the product, you can probably guess if I tell you it has to do with webinars.
So, Mr. Genealogy Webinar here explained that he had no issues with the product. Then, I took the chance to do some proselytizing about genealogy (as in, "Hello. Have you heard the good word about Genealogy today.") by stating that the product was very popular in the genealogy community, etc. I pulled out all the stops and discussed the various webinars, the Geneawebinars website etc.
The woman then asked if genealogy was related to family history. I explained a bit more and I also said that webinars help beginners better understand how to research, what tools to use etc.I guess I get frustrated when someone under 40 doesn't take an interest in genealogy or thinks it is something for us old folk. Well, to that end, I've started to produce a future episode of GeneaBloggers Radio entitled "Getting Youth Involved In Genealogy" which was suggested by Drusilla Pair of Find Your Folks. Stay tuned for the July 15th episode which will be hosted by DearMYRTLE and will have Professor Dru and others as guests.
Finally, I heard her make this statement (paraphrasing): "Oh that's neat. I'll have to tell my folks since they're getting ready to retire and they need something to do."
Hopefully we can get kids fired up about family history. Or maybe we just need something like School House Rock just for genealogy . . .
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