You never think it will happen to you. It is always someone else’s spouse – never yours . My husband finally confessed…he is interested in family history and wants me to teach him how to get started.
CRASH! Sorry, I have to pick myself off the floor. Tell the hospital to ignore my DNR request, I have something to live for!
Now, don’t get me wrong, my darling husband has been very patient and supportive of my genealogy
obsession interests. He has even gone to some of my presentations and helped set up, politely listened and didn’t even fall asleep. He has even encouraged me to attend conferences like the CAFG in April. He has endured my endless conversations about my upcoming presentations at Rootstech and has not run screaming from the room…yet.
But in the 28 years we have been married, has he never been interested in the actually doing any genealogy, he has been content to let me do the family history. So imagine my surprise when out of the blue, he said he wants me to teach how to get started!
[Cue romantic music] A happy couple, holding hands, merrily skipping through the gravestones together… Okay, I’m back. Had a brief daydream there.
What brought about the change? I think it all starts with stories. You share the great stories we find as family historians. We lure them in with stories. Then we lead along with mystery, followed up by lots of excitement and enthusiasm. I mean, how long can a person resist the gravitational pull of genealogy? As they say…