Family History and Computers

I seem to spend most of my spare time conducting family history research. Either that or preparing lessons to teach others how to do their own research. That being the case it seems appropriate for this blog to concentrate on how to help others.

My comments may be best received by people who have not fully embraced modern technology, or by those just beginning their family history journey. I would also like to think there will be insights that will help anybody who cares to read these posts.

Family history research is a lot easier now than it was 50 years ago when I first started my journey, but that does not mean that it is easy. There is still a lot of effort involved. If anything, the process is more complicated now because computers and the internet have given us so much more material than we had access to before. But traditional research in a document repository still has its place.

As I said the last couple of posys, family history should be more than a collection of arcane facts and figures. Not only does finding out background information about the family, the neighborhood, local and national politics, and pictures of where your ancestors and distant cousins lived make it more interesting for you, but your children and grandchildren will love that kind of detail as well.

Remember, you will only be limited by your imagination. The information is out there! Next week I will try to break down the different ways you can use computers and other electronic devices in your research.

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