May I introduce you to . . . Elyse Doerflinger of Elyse’s Genealogy Blog.
Elyse started researching her family history at age 13 and she is one of the youngest members of GeneaBloggers – and in my opinion, Elyse is definitely the youngest genealogist I have ever met! If you head on over to her blog you will see the fresh enthusiasm she brings to genealogy and blogging.
Elyse is an inspiration to all of us – young, old and in-between. I believe, and I think others who know her will agree, that she is capable of pioneering the field of genealogy for young people as well as able to bridge the gap with older generations.
In her recent post Genealogy Societies Need to Look Toward the Future, Elyse has brought our attention to the fact that genealogy is not just for older generations. Several younger genealogists have come “out of hiding” since they feel that Elyse “spoke up for them.” As many of us already know, genealogy speaks to all age groups. My granddaughter is nine and she is 100% interested in genealogy. Elyse would be a great mentor for her and other children!
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Elyse at the Southern California Genealogy Society’s 2009 Jamboree and I have to say that she was such an inspiration! I kept thinking to myself, “I wished I had started at that age!” And how great it would be to encourage others in her age group (as well as older age groups) and not to be afraid of doing what is often seen as an “old folks” hobby.
Elyse has a series of great organizational posts on her blog under the heading De-Cluttering Your Genealogy Lessons which include topics such as how to stay organized when you’re a “busy genealogist,” organizing photos, and more. She even includes her own YouTube videos on how to organize your genealogy. And if that weren’t enough, Elyse even has her own genealogy store!
Check out Elyse’s blog, she has so much to offer her readers, is a great blogger to learn from and she’s a lot of fun to hang out with.
© 2009, copyright Gini Webb
[Author Gini Webb runs the genealogy blog Ginisology which she describes as “my place to Honor our Ancestors, Memories, History, and our lives. Family lines I am researching: IJAMES/EIMES, TABELING, PATE, HAF, SAULE, KAISER, JARBOE, WEBB, EWING]