Friday, February 27, 2009

1, 5-10 year possibilities (Part E) - Ancestry's "wiggling leaf"

My friend Lisa Alzo queried Ol’ Myrt and a number of other genealogy writers for input about trends we see coming down the pike in the world of genealogy. She plans to work the feedback we provided into an article for Family Chronicle magazine. However, her request did not preclude the cross posting of my thoughts on the subject here in my blog over the next few days. I look forward to reading what my colleagues think the future holds for family historians when Lisa’s article goes to press.

In response to What Sources (databases, technologies, etc.) or trends you think will be “hot” in the coming year, Ol’ Myrt continued by noting:

ANCESTRY’S “Wiggling leaf”
Its hard to ignore the option to have Ancestry’s search engines look for possible matches to a five generation GEDCOM file you’ve uploaded in either private or public access family tree mode. Skirting around the limitation, one may begin compiling the GEDCOM file with a 6th generation ancestor, just to see what’s available. There are so many databases at Ancestry it is all too easy to get lost in the currently irrelevant hit list that may include New York and Australia, when you’ve specified an ancestor’s birth, marriage and death locations as Pennsylvania.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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