On the 1st of February, I attended my first major genealogy event. Unlock The Past (UTP) were bringing Scottish based genealogist Chris Paton & American genealogist Thomas MacEntee (from Geneabloggers & Hack Genealogy) down under for the 4th UTP Cruise. In conjunction with the cruise, there was also going to be day seminars in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney & Perth. Brisbane was first off the rank on Saturday.
Last year in August, I was lucky enough to attend to the launch of National Family History Month in Australia. However, my boyfriend came with me that day so I wasn’t all that nervous. This time I was braving it on my own and boy was I flipping out with excitement and nerves. Why was I nervous? It was my first event with other geneabloggers present, and I was expecting to be the youngest there. Plus Thomas MacEntee and Chris Paton are two of my genealogy idols, so there was that too.
I braved the sea of ‘oldies’ and the day ended up being awesome and one of the best days I’ve ever had thus far!! I met Thomas, Chris and fellow Brisbane geneabloggers Alex Daw and Helen Smith. If you would like to read my very detailed blog post about the day, it’s linked here.
I was pretty much like this inside my head all day –
And by the end of the day, like this –
When I was walking out, I literally felt that now, I can brave any genealogy event! I feel like I can do anything and YOU CAN TOO! Yes, it can be intimidating being the youngest person in the room. Yes, they’ve probably been doing genealogy for a lot longer. But we love it too! So don’t let anything stop you from following your passion and love for genealogy. WE ARE the next generation of genealogists after all.
|What he said ^ :-D|
I’m going to leave you with two comments I have received that I think apply to all of us young genies out there.
“… enthusiasm is rubbing off on those of us who have been around for a long time and sometimes feel a bit disillusioned”
“an inspiration to us oldies”