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From: "Sue Maxwell" <>
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] Donating Boxes of Genealogy
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 11:14:13 -0600
I am sorry to hear of your area, as ours is totally opposite- we do
everything voluntarily, and everyone volunteers in more than one way- it is
a way of life. I bet that you/someone could interest teens and others-
people need to experience volunteer work to see how much it does for them
and others. There are a number of books available about how to interest
teens and others in genealogy- one is called "Creating Junior Genealogists,"
by Fische. Maybe much of the problems people are experience and the violence
and frustration among teens relates to their self -indulgent lives- inside
everyone is a "volunteer," I think, and while you may not catch everyone,
surely there are some who are ready. Sue
----- Original Message -----
From: "quillpen1" <>
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 10:52 AM
Subject: Re: [GEN-NYS] Donating Boxes of Genealogy
> Hi Betty,
> Thanks so much for all the suggestions. They sound really good.
> Unfortunately in my area many teens have w-a-y to much "easy money" from
> indulgent parents and the ones who don't have money work after school and
> vacations so they can keep up with the others . Teen volunteers are an
> oxymoron.....not like when we were young.
> Most senior citizens I know have little interest in volunteering. RSVP is
> constantly recruiting and it's tough going because seniors are already as
> busy as they want to be.
> Nursing homes in this area do not allow people in to visit "off the
> .....with good reason. In skilled facilities the residents are too ill and
> even in health related facilities this type of thing would interfere with
> the already hectic schedules that keep the staff scurrying about. I can
> vouch for that as I once was one of the "scurriers"....RN Charge Nurse.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Betty" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 4:57 AM
> Subject: [GEN-NYS] Donating Boxes of Genealogy
>> I missed the original post, but reading this morning's Digest, a few
>> thoughts come to mind (not easy at 4 am).
>> Are there any colleges or universities along he East Coast (or east of
>> Mississippi) which offer courses in genealogy ?
>> And, could Historical Societies accept boxes of genealogy that the
>> of a deceased researcher have brought in -- and ask for volunteers to go
>> through them?
>> And, perhaps high-school students could take it on as an after-school
>> Or, a summer job ? Or, Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts might like to take
>> on as a project ? That's a good way to get younger people interested
>> their own family-trees !
>> Or, maybe in history ! I know in my high-school years (40+ years
>> I had zero interest in history. Did not not want to memorize "names
>> dates." It wasn't till I was out of work and needed a hobby ... that
>> started genealogy ! (Sounds like a good name for a book: From
>> to Genalogy.) And, here I am, 12 years later, with at least a dozen
>> "banker's boxes" - filled with every name on my family-tree ! I hope
>> the next 12 years finds all this information -- in a book ! Or, six !
>> Someone on another List just had to move from house to apartment, and no
>> longer had room for her dozens of "banker's boxes." So, when she found
>> out she had to move, she started putting most of her information on
>> (actually she uses "floppy's") CD's take a whole lot less space than
>> Speaking of that, volunteers at a Library or Historical Society could
>> either teens or "senior citizens" how to use a computer and scanner --
>> the purpose of putting someone's boxes of genealogy onto CD's ! There
>> lots of people living in "senior housing" who would love to feel
>> And, as I mentioned on other Lists a couple of years ago, don't forget
>> that people living in "nursing homes" are a "source of information" that
>> people forget about ! And, it's better to talk to them -- sooner
>> than later !
>> A volunteer at a local Historical Society here went through old "poor
>> records" and found the birth of a Roscoe KIDDER - which had not been
>> recorded at Town Hall. She told me, and I searched the archives of a
>> Lists to find out if anyone was looking for information on a Roscoe
>> The first old posting I found -- I wrote to the researcher.
>> Unfortunately, her husband wrote back to say -- she had just passed on !
>> She had searched for Roscoe's heritage for years ! And, we were "a
>> late and a dollar short."
>> Fortunately, two other people have e-mailed me to say that are descended
>> from Roscoe and are very happy to finally find out where he came from.
>> One lady said her mother had visited Roscoe's grave for years - because
>> his being a soldier in the Civil War.
>> Hope everyone has a way of being .. cool !
>> Betty (near Lowell, MA)
>> P.S. Some day before I'm 95, I hope to write a book about my KIDDER
>> line. It goes from Cambridge and Billerica, MA, to Chelmsford and
>> Westford, MA, to New Ipswich and Temple, NH, to St. Stephen, NB, to
>> and Princeton, ME, and back down to Winchester, MA, and back to Billerica
>> and Chelmsford, MA (1640's to 1980's)
>> New List created on Feb. 1: CAN-USA-MIGRATION
>> For Genealogy researchers, please remember to check the archives of the
>> Lists & Boards for both your surnames and place-names.
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