We are in a severe economic crisis of global proportions, as I’m sure you know. The world stock markets are in a severe decline, home sales are stalled, automobile and homeowner’s insurance premiums are increasing, a number of banks are failing and/or are being acquired by others, fuel prices are in a state of flux, food prices are soaring, two-digit utility price increases are projected in my area, medical costs and prescriptions are astronomical, and the cost of traveling is at an all-time high. The U.S. election campaigns have highlighted all of these issues and more, and the same financial problems are being experienced worldwide.
Genealogy is not an inexpensive pursuit. Believe me, I am certainly not immune to the high costs of this hobby. (Or is it an addiction?) I just totaled up all that I am paying annually for the pleasure of being able to research my ancestors. Here are the categories of expenses I was able to quickly identify:
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