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The Hidden Branch - an amazing community for Young Genealogists

Treehouse Genealogy would like to thank The Hidden Branch

for contributing the following guest article to our website.

Note that The Hidden Branch are by no means

Affiliated with Treehouse Genealogy.


The Hidden Branch was founded in October 2019 by Tyler Truong, Emily Moore, and Daniel Loftus, who met through Instagram where they were documenting their genealogy. Our founding members decided to start a blog group to share their passion, hoping to encourage other teens and young people to get involved in genealogy. They set up social media and a website for The Hidden Branch, and throughout 2020 the team and our ideas began to grow.


Now, almost 3 years from where we started, we post regular blogs about various genealogy-related topics. We have “Tuesday Tips” posts which are closer to our roots of educating and advising about genealogy in various places worldwide. We also post on Fridays, covering more widespread topics relating to our personal genealogy research, historical events related to family history, and our “Voices of Genealogy” interview series with various working professionals within genealogy.



Alongside our blog, we have a podcast, and are developing more resources for our website to encourage genealogy amongst young people around the world. We’re also expanding our resources for Societies to help utilise social media, where there tends to be more young genealogists. Additionally, we work with our recently-recruited team of professional genealogists who are Ambassadors for The Hidden Branch. Our Ambassadors are helping us to affect more change within the community as a whole, they give us research advice, and help us to get our foot in the door with our development as genealogists.


Our advice for anyone looking to encourage young people to get involved in genealogy is often to start with pictures and stories. Show them their faces, or if you don’t have photos, do an activity where you visualise or draw them, imagining their life at a young age. Tell them stories of their ancestors, including (age-appropriate) stories of hardship and living through adversity. Our blog category “Introducing Teens to Genealogy” is a place to start for more ideas.


If you’re a young genealogist and would like to join our community, you can join our private

Facebook group where we discuss research, give advice, and share opportunities. If you’d like to become more involved with The Hidden Branch you can get in touch through our contact page.


To keep up to date with all things The Hidden Branch you can follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

 

Thank you to the team at the Hidden Branch for providing this Guest Article. As most of you know I am all for encouraging the younger generation to get involved in learning more about their Ancestry. If you have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew with a passing interest then please point them in the direction of 'The Hidden Branch' community. Clare

 

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