Friday, February 27, 2015

Why we play genealogy games on Saturday night

Initially +Cousin Russ and I set up "Genealogy Game Night" to give folks a chance to try out a real Google Hangout on Air, without the stress of having to be well versed in the use of the technology. What has emerged is a different way of looking at an ancestor - by asking panelists to guess a facet of his profile. We're not talking dates and place, we are talking occupation, interest, political or religious leanings, etc.

+Michael Hait recently stated his least favorite genealogy cliche is "putting meat on the bones."

What we are talking about when playing Cousin Russ' game WHO'S IN MY LINE are those characteristics of a person's life that sets him apart from others. Your ancestor didn't have to be famous. We just want to learn something about his/her life, not just the birth and death dates.

By looking at our ancestors this way, we also learn about the history of an area during each  ancestor's lifetime.

AND, it's just plain fun to use the other side of our brains when discussing our genealogical discoveries.

WHEN: Most Saturday evenings at:
9pm Eastern US (New York)
8pm Central US (Chicago)
7pm Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
6pm Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter:

Check the GeneaWebinars Calendar for exact dates for this and other DearMYRTLE study groups and Hangouts on Air, in addition to over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters in the next 12 months.


Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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