FAMILY HISTORY! I AM DOING IT!
For our final challenge, Alex Beadon, asked us to write about a controversial or 'hot topic' in our field, then express our opinions about it. Being a non-controversial sort of person, I couldn't really think of anything I wanted to bring up or expound upon.
I have been a member of the genealogy community at large for several years, now. When I started speaking at Family History Expos, one of my expectations was to be welcomed into the national scene. I was really looking forward to getting to know other people who love and enjoy genealogy on the same scale as I do. It didn't really work out that way.
I met a lot of wonderful people during that time; presenters and guests to the events. I got to teach some fun classes and attend some fun classes. I wasn't trying to become famous or rich, I just wanted to flock with birds of like feathers. It was fun and I wouldn't trade the experience, but it didn't get me a bunch of new friends.
So, I follow blogs and get newsletters and try to stay up with what is new and exciting in the genealogy world. These things supplement and complement the basic, old-school techniques. That way, from a distance, I am still a part of the larger community. I can share what I have learned at the local level and enjoy helping others fuel their flames of interest in their families.
There have been some controversies in the community, but I like to believe that the family history community is just that - a community. I have benefited, and for that I am very grateful! I will try to pay it forward.