Open Thread Thursday – Ancestry and the Genealogy Community

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

This week Ancestry.com announced that it would cease operation of Expert Connect on February 3, 2011. This has caused much discussion on various genealogy blogs and mailing lists about Ancestry.com’s commitment to and role in the genealogy community.

What are your opinions about Ancestry.com’s role in the genealogy community? Does the biggest player in the industry have any duty to this vibrant group of genealogists and family historians? Or is its duty solely to its stockholders and customers since Ancestry went public in late 2009?

Here are some of the recent postings by members of GeneaBloggers about Ancestry.com’s Expert Connect and its recent demise:

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Rather than post my personal opinions here at GeneaBloggers, I urge you to read my blog posts at High-Definition Genealogy including Expert Disconnect – What’s Ancestry.com’s Next Move? and Ancestry.com – The Evil Empire of Genealogy?

Please either post on today’s topic of “Ancestry and the Genealogy Community” at your own blog and then post the link here in the comments or simply add your two cents in the comments section.

This is a great topic for this week’s Open Thread Thursday! And please, if you have a topic you’d like to see discussed among your genealogy blogging colleagues, please contact us and we’ll take it under consideration.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Ancestry.com and other genealogy vendors.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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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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