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:
FAMILY HISTORY CENTERS NOT OBSOLETE
Instead of going to the wayside as predicated by nay-sayers citing the advent of online scanned images of books and film, the 4,500+ local Family History Centers will merely change focus by adding emphasis on education. Getting people started in family history research, Family History Centers will emerge as the new “how-to” resource with one-on-one tutoring on the Internet, the new Family History Catalog, software such as RootsMagic, AncestralQuest and LegacyFamilyTree, bridging to the new FamilySearch database, and the logic of the Genealogical Proof Standard.
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