Like many genealogists or family historians, I first got the genealogy bug back in primary school when we had to create a family tree as part of the social sciences curriculum. The bug continued by asking questions about family photos shared by mum and dad as well as looking at photo albums around the house.
But it developed more once I started visiting the local archives and library where records were kept for convicts I had found in my family. At this time I also started connecting with others through internet forums. Nothing was digitized at this stage and we were looking at original records in the actual books. Some though were on microfilm.
I am so glad the invention of the computer and ways of saving information have made it much easier for the newer generations of genealogists as they get the genealogy bug.