Genealogy Party| Using Genealogy Shows to Teach Family History
Let’s have some Genealogy parties!
So for Tuesday tip day, I wanted to share an idea that I had after watching several shows on TLC. I’m not sure if you been watching TLC lately but there are two shows that had been giving lots of attention to the genealogy community. Who do you think you are, and long-lost family. I am for one very excited as a genealogist that people are starting to be exposed to the industry in its mega time giant ancestry.com through these TV shows. However, as I began to watch the shows I wanted to the think of ideas of how people who are into genealogy can use these shows to help others become aware of genealogy.
Brainstorming some Ideas!
So I began brainstorming and one idea that I had that I wanted to share with my audience is movie nights. Now, it’s not really movie nights because it’s a TV show. But having people over for genealogy parties that are in your families to watch these TV shows could pique curiosity in genealogy. And you can even break through barriers in your own genealogy using such parties.
How to set up the Party!
So how would I go about setting the party up? The first thing that you need is either of the TV shows in question on DVR, DVD, Blu-ray or having the party on the night the shows air. Sunday seems to be the best day for this as there are reruns of the shows and you can set it on and move on to the rest of the party as the shows go along. You want to have food at this party! Food will bring people out like Moses telling his people to go free or parting the Red Sea.
Spreading the Word!
If you tell people that it’s just a genealogy party, you probably won’t get a lot of people attending because family history is still seen as history. And history to people who are not genealogy nuts is boring. Well, most people! However, if you tell people that there’s going to be food at such events, you may get more people than if you just bill it as a genealogy party.
Genealogy Games are a hit for Genealogy Your Party!
Other things that you might want to do is look up genealogy games. Watching TV is cool but can get boring real fast. However if between episodes you have genealogy centered games, you keep people interested, you keep people there and you keep people awake! Make sure you have plenty of food I cannot stress this enough! You also want this party to be productive! Who wants to shell out money on just having a party? Now, you might want to do just that if your audience has short attention spans. However, I would like to drop another idea on you. If you have pedigree sheets, blank family trees, and family group records at this party not only can you break down barriers in your own family history. But you’re striking while the iron is hot!
Following up after the Party.
Follow-up with everyone who attended your party a week after your party. Ask them if they need help with their family history. You can also ask people if they completed the blank sheets that you had at your party especially if you invited family. Collecting information can put this party to great use. Now if you are a professional genealogist like myself or others. This party should not, capital word not be a sales pitch for your services. You can develop clientele from these parties but people see sales pitches a mile away. If you want to use this as a way to develop clientele, simply have people over for the party. Have FOOD! I can’t stress that enough!
Games Make things more interesting!
Have games and other fun activities ready and available. And leave it at that, and when you follow-up with people in a week ask people if they would be interested in researching their own family history. This will lead into a conversation that is natural for the people, and not salesy. Do not peddle your own products at this party, you may have a bunch of people at your first one but people will not attend the second one. Worse yet people talk and you will have to pull teeth to get people at your next party! Use these ideas and have a genealogy party today!
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