Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My First Class Went Well - I Think

I presented my first genealogy lecture/class - Eastern European Genealogy, for the California Genealogical Society at our library in Oakland on Saturday, February 11, 2017.

We had a full house, and due to a scheduling snafu (it was listed at two different times in different places), we started at 1:30 p.m. All told, I think we had just under the 30 people signed up, as we had two people from the waiting list seated.

We went a full two hours, and very few people left. I hope that means that people enjoyed it.

Only one or two people came up to me at the end. The only real comment was from someone more qualified to teach the course than I am, who thought that I should have encouraged folk to not use Google translate but to instead learn to read the original languages. I chose to try to make the field seem more accessible, which I think is probably best for most people.

I am always insecure about making presentations, and without positive feedback, I will remain nervous about it.

The experience was very helpful, and I have a much better idea of what to do to improve the class if/when I present it again.

I was hoping to start a CGS Facebook Eastern European group, but that didn't happen at the time. I will try to get something started soon - I am traveling a lot in the next few months, and I want to get this taken care of before I forget.