You don't have to be a member of the Education Committee to share your
knowledge with others. The following members took the time to pass along
their learning experiences in various ways:
Sherry Jackson shared the basics with two co-workers who had never seen a
census record. Sherry took the opportunity to inform them about and
provide them with genealogy charts, family group sheets, and web links.
The effort was successful, as the new recruits did find some of their
Valerie Stewart connected with a cousin who has the same grandmother
(different grandfather). With Valerie's help using records from 1880 to
1930, they were able to determine more about the cousin's grandfather,
Mack Jones II, the only son in that family's generation to live beyond the
age of 20.
Rita Lewis lent a hand to new researcher Harry Hill (interested in Rabun
County, Georgia). She set up a quick reference folder for easy use, data
collection, and a very tempting phrase on the back that read "Just the
It started with a picture from Graham Lynch's father's photo album.
Blanche Kirven stepped in to help identify the person in the photo.
Blanche aided in putting the pieces together with Graham and June Lynch,
who were able to include the photo of Arvona Lynch (Graham's grandmother)
in material displayed at the last family reunion.
Carmine Stewart added a very creative and humorous touch in describing to AAGS members the variety of people that she helped with their genealogy experiences through a short collection of poems entitled, "Limericks by Dr. Steuss (also known as Carmine Stewart)". She assisted her neighbor & neighbor's sister, a landscaper friend, and a visitor at work.
Her prose captures the enjoyment of sharing the
To Reserve I brought in Bernard.
I was trying to help my landscaper. Friends sent me a lady named Mary. Glenda thinks that her family is hiding,
He had a few facts on some paper.
Found records of World War One,
Saying granddad's missing a thumb,
And a finger that they had to taper.
Thought I was a gen'ology fairy.
Oh, we found some good stuff,
But Yahoo's not enough,
For the real meat you'll just have to tarry.
Cuz in Hickory she knows they're residing.
Their last name is Rink.
Oh, that's easy you'd think,
So to Fort Wayne we'll soon be a'riding.
Friends sent me a lady named Mary.
Glenda thinks that her family is hiding,
They come to me one by one,
Whether you're at the beginning stage or advanced stage, it's rewarding to reach out and educate others about genealogy. Spread it around. You never know, someone else just might catch the genealogy "bug."