Sunday, February 28, 2010

PREDICTION: Women and Genealogy make this the most exciting March ever

I may be going out on a limb here, but I predict this will be the best March ever for women and genealogists. Just look at what is happening this month and everything we can look forward to.

1) On March 5, "Who do you think you are" premieres on NBC. While the show features the ancestry of celebrities, the discoveries should prompt everyone to consider their own ancestry. With the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Lisa Kudrow and Matthew Broderick, its the perfect inspiration for everyone to begin or enhance their family history research. After all, what story could be more important than the story of how you became you?

2) Faces of America continues on PBS and while much has already been written about this show, it is wonderful to know if you missed the shows, you can catch up on pbs.org.

3) March is Women's History month...and for us seasoned genealogists we know that celebrating our female ancestors can be difficult. We can encounter roadblocks when tracking women in public records due to name changes, multiple marriages, and scarce documentation in comparison to men who may have owned property, paid taxes, etc. Their contribution to our families can't always be measured in public documents, but most of us realize they were the glue to keep families together. Let's use this month to blast through some of those obstacles and share what we do know about the important women in our families with the next generation.

4) Family History Expos continues to meet throughout the United States for the remainder of the year. The Mesa Expo was excellent and you can expect the same degree of excellence at the future sessions.

5) And, if that is not enough for the month, consider the $20,000 Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes offered by Ancestry.com. The trip offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to your ancestral homes, meet with professional genealogists. Enter daily through April 30 and make your research dreams come true.



No comments: