Thursday, I invited Karen Ward and her husband to speak at the Tillicum/Woodbrook Neighborhood Association. They are the former directors of the local Family History Center in Tacoma. Karen Ward got interested in genealogy when she was a teenager and they both spent time in Salt Lake City volunteering and learning at the Family History Center there.
If you have a local Family History Center near you, check it out! They have local histories donated to them, computers that you can access various on line genealogy sites for free, and you can pick up any microfilm or microfiche that you ordered online from Salt Lake City. They have blank forms, and many, many reference books. You do have to pay for copies (15 cents each), but that helps the center pay their expenses like the electric bill. They have about 45 volunteers to help you. Volunteers have 4 hr shifts, so this is a learning and volunteer opportunity. We all need to know where we came from and what we can learn from our ancestors. By researching their lives, you can learn some of the things they had to endure and maybe learn from them even if they passed a long time ago.
Please write things down for following generations. Wouldn't you love to have a letter or a diary from your great-great-great grandmother or grandfather? Your descendants will love you for it. Tell them what we are going through now, lessons you have learned during your lifetime, and what you value.
I taught a class a few years ago called "Writing Your Life Story" and everyone in the class was interested in Genealogy and Family History. When I have some time, I may teach another class but I will spend more time on genealogy and less on just writing.