Column: Encouraging Participation Not Extinguishing It

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Encouraging Participation Not Extinguishing It

Snippet: I’ve been part of many wonderful hobby groups in my life, including writing, gardening, goat raising and genealogy. Each group of individuals who inhabit these realms are unique. My experiences with them have been positive. Almost everyone is happy to share, happy to teach, happy to learn. There’s not a mean bone in their bodies and everyone radiates encouraging energy…for the most part.

Although some have turned genealogy into big business, it is still a hobby for the majority of people who do it. That doesn’t belittle the activity in any way or decrease its significance. In fact, I think it increases its value because it’s not work.

As a hobby, it’s meant to be entertaining, interesting, challenging and relaxing. The added bonus is the people we meet while enjoying our favourite pastimes. We make wonderful new friends, and we share our ideas, our joys and our frustrations.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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