I started out with this fear of family history. My grandparents had books and books of stories and pictures and pages and pages of information. They spent years pouring over the information and tracking down documents. It was all so incredibly overwhelming to me so I avoided it and it became the old person hobby. And not worthy of the younger generation who still had more interesting things. I dabbled in it a few times over the years but nothing really got me hooked. Until I started looking at pictures and these names on the page became real people to me and it was no longer the old person hobby it was finding out information about people I knew even if it was only through a photo.
I read histories and wanted to share what i learned with others...but they had the same attitude I did prior to the run in with actual photos. I created a project where I took these stories that I found so fascinating and drew pictures to go along with them. My grandma had done some as well. They added interest but it took a long time so you only did one for pages of text which still didn't draw you in unless you were already hooked on family history.
I wanted to make sure that pictures were really the key before i invested and I watched people look at family history records. If you haven't done it you should, you just watch people at a library. People pick up the books and thumb through them and stop when they get to a picture. It is the image that draws us in.
So that is how I got my start. I realized my family had all these great histories and stories that no one noticed because it wasn't presented in such a way that fascinated them.