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9 DM Prompts to Spark Conversations in the Genealogy Community

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In the social sphere, connecting with fellow genealogy enthusiasts can be as simple as sending a direct message (DM). Whether you’re new to genealogy or a seasoned researcher, reaching out to others in the community can lead to meaningful conversations, shared discoveries, and lasting friendships. Over the past decade, I have made some amazing connections with people who have become friends and I have even connected to some distant cousins from around the world. When I work with helping clients build their community on social media many of them are not comfortable with taking the first step to reaching out to people. I want to help you build confidence in reaching out and saying 'Hello.'

To help you break the ice, here are nine friendly DM prompts designed to start conversations that are both engaging and heartfelt.

Simple Greeting with Enthusiasm

‘Hi [Name]! I just wanted to say hello and express my admiration for your dedication to genealogy. It’s always a pleasure to connect with someone who shares this passion. How’s your research journey going lately?’

Interest in Their Work

‘Hello [Name]! I’ve been following your genealogy posts and am genuinely impressed by your work. I’d love to learn more about your latest project. What are you currently exploring?’

Shared Interests

‘Hi [Name]. I noticed we both have a deep interest in [specific genealogy topics]. I always enjoy meeting someone with such similar passions! I wanted to say hello and perhaps exchange some insights. Have you uncovered any fascinating finds recently?

Offering Support

‘Hello [Name]! Reaching out to say hi and know I’m here if your need support or resources in your genealogy endeavors. Which aspect of your research are you currently passionate about?’

Light and Friendly

‘Hey [Name]! Just a quick hello 👋 from one genealogy enthusiast to another. I’m eager to hear about how you started your journey into genealogy. What sparked your interest?’

Asking for Tips

‘Hi [Name]! I admire your genealogy skills and was hoping to get some advice. What’s one piece of advice you wish someone had given you when you were starting out?’

Complimenting Their Work

‘Hello [Name]! Your dedication to uncovering your family history is truly inspiring. I just had to reach out and commend you on your fantastic work. What’s the most intriguing discovery you’ve made?’

Encouraging Conversation

‘Hey [Name]! Hope you’re having a great day. I wanted to reach out and chat about our genealogy journeys. What’s been you focus lately, and what challenges have you faced?’

Creating a connection starts with a single message. These DM prompts are designed to be open, friendly, and inviting, perfect for sparking a conversation with someone who shares your passion for genealogy. Remember, the goal is to foster a sense of community and support, making each interaction as meaningful as the research we cherish. So, don’t hesitate to reach out – you never know where a simple hello might lead.


If you aren't sure who to send a DM to reach out to me and share with me what you are working on!


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