Friday, October 1, 2010

Family History Month - ACKNOWLEDGE

Today is the first day of Family History Month and I am celebrating the month with daily prompts using the alphabet and action words, please join me! 

~Today's prompt is brought to you by the letter A ~

If there is one thing I have learned on this journey it is that genealogy is not a solitary activity.  Sure you can work on your genealogy by yourself but sooner or later you have to rely on others - for stories, for data, for inspiration, for making connections, for tips and helpful advice, for cheering you on when you are successful and for commiserating with you when you hit that brick wall.  In fact, that shared sense of collegiality is one of the best parts of the genealogy community. 

Oftentimes, we forget to acknowledge those who have helped us with our work.  Why?
  • Sometimes this is a conscious decision - many people have seen their work product on someone else's tree without a prior request to use it and/or a proper acknowledgement
  • Sometimes this is the result of forgetfulness - many times we plan to write a thank you note or comment on someone else's helpful blog post, article or GEDCOM once we get a minute in our busy day and we simply never do it.
Well let's dust off our manners and be thankful!  Today acknowledge one person who has helped you with your genealogy research AND acknowledge one person who has helped further our collective genealogy community.  Make a phone call, send an email, connect on Facebook, post a comment on a website or podcast, and/or acknowledge that person on your own blog.

(photo by digital artist Felixco, Inc. and made available by ~ thanks)

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