Tuesday, January 1, 2013

I Am Your Audience

I am your audience.

There have been a lot of posts swirling lately about the makeup of the online genealogy world:
  • snobs
  • professionals
  • followers
  • community
  • newbies
In other words, the online genealogy world seems a lot like high school. There are the Big Men/Women On Campus. There are the popular, insulated cliques. There are the smart, nerdy kids. There's the new kid.

And then there's everyone else. Like me.

I have been working for 20+ years on my family history. My big overarching reason is because I love the Thrill Of The Chase. I have really good detective skills, which I use for both my own benefit and for a few friends and for the few I've voluntarily helped online.

But what I really wish for is to connect with cousins and those with similar research sensibilities - cemetery appreciation, location expertise, people who interact. I want to find blogs with interesting content. I'm good at finding information. What I seek is people to talk to about the information. You know, people who don't give you that "glassy-eyed stare" when you launch into a family story ;)

I totally understand that high school would be boring if we were all the same. I am fully aware that what I blog about or the family information I post to my website is not going to interest most of the people out there. And I'm fine with that.

I am primarily interested in the Midwest and New England, Quebec, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England and Denmark. I love old cemeteries. I am interested in hearing about new databases in those areas.

So a wish, rather than a resolution, is to seek out some mutually enjoyable genealogy relationships this year.

I am your audience and you are mine.

© 2013 Sally Knudsen


  1. sounds good to me! There's a lot of us out here, Sally - particularly on G+ I think. Cheers.

  2. I love it! You are so right. I've never understood why we have such division in a field that is built on relationships. Then again, in high school I just wanted to be friends with everyone. Still do. :)

    Couldn't have said it better myself. Great post!


  3. Hi Sally, I love this blog post! Well said. I'm in. :)

  4. Yes, I concur. Isn't it strange that people care so much about what other people do? It does frustrate me sometimes when I notice that people take info but don't reciprocate or when someone adds random people to a tree without knowing that it is a factual find. But that's their business. I say we all be friends, after all...who else would listen to my stories without their eyes glassing if not for my blogging friends? ;)

    1. Thanks Heather :) It takes a village, and I'd like to think my place in the village is the crazy historical fact lady ;)