GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS …………….
It is supposedly summer, all is quiet, you might think we’ve forgotten you, but here’s a thought to ponder over your iced Pimms* (*other iced alcoholic drinks are available)
Chat at a family gathering has prompted a recently retired family member to start her quest to find out more about our ancestry. The gathering was only 2 weeks ago and since then we’ve all received daily up-dates of her findings by email – some sent in the wee small hours.
‘Its addictive isn’t it?‘
‘What do you think a labourer at a mineral water works did?’
‘If we knew him as John, why do you think he was christened Colin, with no mention of John?’
‘Oh dear, some of the family are not going to like what I’ve found today!!’
‘Will you come and search around graveyards in North Staffordshire with me?’
AND finally the comment from the title – sent at 3.30am Tuesday this week (I apologise in advance for the swear word)
YAYYYY FOUND THE BUGGAS … They only went and changed the spelling of their surname mid-century
Now whilst I find this family member’s enthusiasm and exuberance thrilling; it has set me wondering .. discovering our personal past, our histories, is very important in our knowing and understanding who we are .. but how do we get this message out to potential students to our genealogy courses?
How do we promote family history to show that tracing back your ancestors is about far more than discovering that X had two children out of wedlock?
From this, I then began to wonder about how we promote our other courses – should we be thinking more creatively within our publicity about the perhaps ‘hidden’ course content – wider context etc and stating this, not simply the specific course content/topics. As CIS are now mostly on-line, could we add a line relating to this? Or should we even be considering this?
Thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Meanwhile I await today’s email and along with it the next revelation!