What Would You Ask ancestry.com?


For those of you who don’t read my personal genealogy blog – Destination: Austin Family – you may not have heard that I will be visiting Ancestry’s headquarters in Provo, Utah later this week for Blogger’s Day.

Not only will I be given a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Ancestry data center (which as a techie I am super-psyched about!), but I’ll be in dialog with several people from Ancestry during my visit.

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I’d like to propose a neat exercise similar to one I used when I worked in the corporate world.  It is called “If I Were King Of ________,” where ________ is the name of the company we all worked for.  It was an interesting way to give a voice to staff and many times upper management was surprised: their perceptions of what staff thought was important was not in-line with the actuality of what was important to staff.

Using the same concept, let me ask you, the readers of GeneaBloggers, this question: if you could ask Ancestry.com just one question, what would it be?

Don’t be shy and leave your one question – no more than one, no explanatory comments, just a question – in the comments below.

I can’t guarantee that I’ll even have the chance to discuss your question during my visit, but this is a way to gauge what matters to genealogists, especially those who work with blogs and social media.

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About Thomas MacEntee

What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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