01 October 2012

Internet Habits Then & Now: 2002 vs. 2012 -- What Does it Mean for Genealogy and Family History Research?

Small Snippet from the complete Infographic, www.bitrebel.com
Though not strictly genealogical, understanding our use of the internet actually does help us become better genealogists and family historians!  If other genealogy and family history researchers are using all the “new” (and some “older”) tools of the trade and via the internet, we’d better at least “try” and keep up or we might be missing some really great “stuff!”

And, it might make you feel better to know that you have not imagined the explosion of internet-based activity and our use of them!  Though, it does give me a headache, as some days I feel less like a genealogist and more like a techy-geek nerd!  And, ignoring that, once I learned how to “control” my FB activities to 10 minutes each day, ignore the compulsion to check my e-mail (turning off the sound on my computer really helped with that!) and reign in my other “bad internet habits,” I still feel like I’ve gained much more than I have lost as a result of the internet explosion.

Additionally, it’s important to recognize that future generations of genealogists are more tech-savvy than many of those who have been at it awhile!  This means that the internet is where they WILL make information available – no published books for them (of if so, it will be in e-book format ).

Do check out the full version of this wonderful infographic (at www.bitrebels.com).  It really gives you a quick perspective on how much the last 10 years has changed our relationship with the internet and also influenced “how” we now research our ancestors!

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