Tuesday, March 10, 2009

1, 5-10 year possibilities (Part P) - Magazines go digital

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:

As we seek to reduce printing costs, postage fees, and shelf space, magazines and society newsletters will go completely digital. The advantage is that .pdf files are every-word searchable, so adding such versions of magazines to our online file storage area will greatly augment the search capabilities. Right now, we’d have to remember there was an article about how to search for Orphan Train children from New York City in the 19th century and then try to find it again. With .pdf file format, we won’t have to sort through miss-filed magazine stacks to discover how to proceed.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
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