I just wanted to let you know that at our last genealogy program we had our quarterly “Breakout” groups at which researchers sit together with other researchers interested in the same area of ethnic research e.g. Irish researchers, Polish researchers, German researchers etc.
This was the evening we were going to replace an older breakout table with a new one. The new table group was intending to have those that have actually created a family history book or report on their research share with others how they went about creating this wonderful book achievement.
I was a little nervous prior to the program because I simply did not know how many people would be interested in participating. Even more so I was a little concerned if I had everyone at the table wanting to learn how to create your book and have no one actually at the table who may have created a book.
But to my pleasant surprise this new table started out with a “bang”. There must have been at least 10 people around the table (seating for 6 is what I set up!). Of the 10, it looked like about 5 of the participants had created an actual family history book of their research! WOW! What a great way to start this quarterly table exchange of creative information!
This group was highly active and very animated during the course of the evening, something I really like to see as fellow researchers help out other fellow researchers in areas one researcher may be familiar with while another just wants to know.
I want to say thank you to those that brought their family history books to share with those at the table. I had hoped that maybe 1 person with a book might be present, but to see 5 present during the inaugural startup of this new table was just wonderfully over the top!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!
We will do this overall program again in December 2012 and again include this new table at that program. I will still be seeking those that have created a family history book to come out again and share their expertise.
What a great start to a new table at which research ideas are shared!
Schaumburg Township District Library