Meet 19 Year-old Elyse - Who Teaches Genealogy Lessons on YouTube

June 2008 by Robert 

Elyse teaching genealogy lessons on YouTube.Do you want to see something refreshing? This will make you feel good and give you hope, knowing that some of the younger generation will continue our genealogy research.

You know that the words youth and genealogy are not usually found in the same sentence together.

The older we get, the more we appreciate the value of our family history. That’s why it is rare to see children and teenagers interested in genealogy, and why it is usually the “mature generation” who are involved in researching their family tree.

Meet Elyse: She’s 19 years-old, goes to school, has a boyfriend, loves Harry Potter, and has created 15 videos about genealogy on YouTube.

She is smart, charming, and very ambitious. I asked her the question that I’m sure many of you are wondering: How did you get interested in genealogy at such a young age?

Elyse said:

“I got into genealogy when I was about 13. My aunt had begun playing around on Since she wasn’t very technologically savvy, she didn’t take to it very seriously.

However, I was extremely interested in history and I understood computers and before you know it, I’m addicted to

At about the age of 15, I got to visit my paternal grandfather for the first time since I was a baby. He lives in the middle of the Appalachians in Tennessee (Carter County, Tennessee to be exact). Despite how rural it was (…the lack of a movie theater and mall in town was definitely odd for me).

I was immersed in this history that I had never had before. So pretty much one thing led to another and before I knew it I was addicted!”

Elyse in her video: Giving Back - Genealogy Style


Here is a partial list of the videos Elyse plans to make this summer:

Blogging Videos:

  • Response to Dick Eastman’s article about complaining
  • genealogists

  • My rootsweb mailing list

How-to Sorta Videos:

  • The US federal census
  • How to cite your sources
  • The UK’s various federal census
  • How history may have affected your ancestors
  • Church Records
  • How to do a genealogy related interview
  • Familysearch Beta!
  • Why message boards and mailing lists rock!
  • Genealogy computer programs
  • State and territorial censuses
  • Tax lists
  • Wills
  • Some technology that is useful to a genealogist.

Ah, the energy of youth.

“Refreshing” is what keeps coming to my mind when I watch Elyse in her genealogy videos. I predict that this young lady will continue to do wonderful things in the genealogy world and will astound us all as years go by.

Elyse is a Family History Hero: You can see all of her videos on YouTube at:

I hope you will support her efforts. Take a look at her video lessons and leave comments on her videos directly on YouTube.

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