The Value of Play

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Many of us in the genealogy blogging community are very familiar with the wonderful series of blogging prompts called Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) created by Randy Seaver of the Genea-Musings blog.  But have you ever thought of the concept as more than just “games” or “play?”

If you have children or grand-children you know that play is an important part of the educational process.  So too with adults.  There are times when we don’t allow ourselves time to play, time to educate ourselves.

So how valuable is SNGF? Well if you look at this week’s example – Ahnentafel Roulette – you can see it is an opportunity for those new to genealogy to learn about the Ahnentafel report and numbering system.

For me, SNGF has also been a way for me to get to know my ancestors much better and to see the “holes” in my research and places where I need to do more work.

In the past some in the genealogy community have criticized the genealogy bloggers as “all fun and games” or “not serious genealogists.”  Members of GeneaBloggers know that we often pursue our family history research as seriously as professional genealogists.  We just try to incorporate various methods including the use of social media, writing and well, just having fun sometimes.

If you get a chance, stop by Randy’s blog and tell him “thanks” and then if you haven’t already done so, join in the fun!

© 2009, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.

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