Wednesday, March 04, 2009

1, 5-10 year possibilities (Part J) - cell phones do it all

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 do you foresee happening in the field in the next 5 to 10 years?, Ol’ Myrt replied:

iPhone act-alikes will crop up with versions of genealogy programs to manage our family history databases while away from our more cumbersome laptops, eventually accessing our private online storage areas to open and edit document and database files. Currently, GPS coordinates are available, along with mapping technology – both useful for listing locations of ancestral homes and gravesites. VOIP services such as Skype will revolutionize the world of telecommunications, bringing the cost of calls down to practically nothing even on mobile phones. Good-bye to Verizon and other cell phone companies.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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