D. Joshua Taylor is a nationally recognized genealogical author, lecturer, researcher, and is also the former director of education and programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He recently spoke at the Conference on Family History and Genealogy at Brigham Young University and talked about the future of genealogy, saying, “it will no longer be viewed as an ‘old’ activity for the retired. It will be undefined by age, gender and nationality. We’re in prime time now.”
Taylor made several predictions for the near future. Of course, most all of us will agree with his predictions of more information will be simple to download and interactive, there will be more online websites for digital scrapbooks and family histories, and everything will be digital. However, he also predicted:
Genealogy will be more about people than facts. He encouraged genealogists to think beyond the pedigree chart and get into the stories about people.
Communities will share data. Genealogists, historians, librarians, archivists and medical professionals will share information.
There will be a new generation of genealogists that will take new tactics.
...and a number of other predictions.
You can read more about D. Joshua Taylor's recent talk in an article by Laurie Snow Turner in the Deseret News at http://goo.gl/5JkwO.
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