In an earlier post, I mused about why NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are showing genealogy as “easy” was a good thing. WDYTYA showed it being exciting and fun to do, which could lead people to follow this passion we call genealogy and family history.
With completely unscientific and anecdotal evidence, I found that my hypothesis was right. In less than 24 hours, I found 2 Tweets from people who were inspired by WDYTYA to start their searches. ShyGenealogist‘s husband asked her to help him with his genealogy “after 3 weeks of watching WDYTYA.” Lisaindayton announced to the world “Watched WDYTYA? last night and decided to start doing some genealogy research.”
That’s what I’m talkin’ about! Something exciting, something engaging — that’s what will entice people to start exploring their genealogy. Welcome, Mr. ShyGenealogist and Lisaindayton! We’re glad to have you in the community!