Monday, October 13, 2008

DAR chapter encourages children to value heritage

According to an article on fwdailynews.com, "Local DAR chapter promotes education for democracy," members of the Indiana-based, Joseph Galloway-Nathaniel Prentice Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) have the right idea for helping kids appreciate their heritage. As part of their opening session, August 16, Regent Cathy Maxon reported on her Kid City activity, highlighting how she engaged local children in learning to value their family history. As one member noted, even children who’ve experienced divorce and remarriage can find a greater sense of identity through their own process of genealogy research. Besides encouraging family story-telling and DAR membership, the local chapter hopes to encourage education.

DAR member Elizabeth Greer of Rocky Mount, Va., recently lamented over the lack of basic knowledge of geography and history evident in today’s children and adults. She had conducted a “pop quiz” with over 200 people, aged 18 to 40. Only two individuals could accurately locate all the following cities on a map: Washington D.C., Richmond, Va., New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago. They couldn’t even find the Mississippi River. Seventeen out of 20 didn’t know who John F. Kennedy was. The schools and the culture have let them down, she said.

“Patriotism requires knowledge of history, people, places and events,” Greer added. The Galloway-Prentice chapter hopes to develop educational programs similar to the Kid City project for use in area schools, libraries, scouting and church groups. It's a program worth emulating.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Online resources available to advance your genealogical education

As we look toward the new year and the beginning rounds of genealogy conferences and seminars, you may want to consider getting a head start on your genealogy education. In her article, "Genealogy Education," Melissa Slate offers some online "resources to enhance your genealogical learning."

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Friday, January 26, 2007

St. George Genealogy & Family History Jamboree , Feb 9 - 10

Be sure to visit the Genealogy Today booth at the St. George Genealogy & Family Heritage Jamboree , February 9 & 10 at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, UT. Now in its third year, this two-day event is drawing speakers and vendors from all over the U.S. It will feature 100+ terrific classes to choose from, more than 60 vendors and exhibitors, and the latest genealogy products and technology. Many free drawings and prizes each day! The event is sponsored by My Ancestors Found and the Washington County, UT PAF User's Group.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Skilled genealogists may find new career paths

All too often people tend to limit themselves by job titles, rather than thinking in terms of skill sets. But if you take time to think about the many things you've done and the many skills you've mastered, you may find new ways of applying those skills and reinventing yourself. For example, a new service being announced may suggest a new career field for skilled genealogists. See “Growing Role for Probate Genealogists.”

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Monday, January 1, 2007

You can teach an old dog new tricks!

The new year is commonly a time for evaluation and reassessment. In her article, “Sharpening Your Genealogical Saw,” Gena Philibert-Ortega gives good ideas for refreshing our skills and gaining a fresh, new perspectives.

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