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:
To save travel expenses and time, local and regional genealogy societies will host meetings where professional genealogists appear virtually using such interfaces as http://www.gotomeeting.com/ . See Ol’ Myrt’s article in the Dec 2008 APG Quarterly which reads in part:
“PANIC sets in as you realize doctor’s orders preclude flying to Atlanta for your speaking engagement at the National Archives next week. “GoToMeeting” provided a viable win-win solution this past spring when an APG member found himself in just this situation. GoToMeeting should be considered as a cost-effective tool for genealogy speakers to provide real-time presentations to remote gatherings on a regular basis. Winner of PC Magazine Editors’ Choice Awards 2 years running, GoToMeeting is the product PC Magazine termed “One of the most effective ways to get things done.” (July 2, 2007). This [APGQ]article describes how technology can assist APG members to meet their professional goals, with the added component of increasing revenue while reducing costs.”
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