Open Thread Thursday: How Would You Encourage Someone To Read Genealogy Blogs?

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

Recently the Daily Genealogist blog at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston published the results of a survey asking “How many genealogy blogs do you read?”

Surprisingly, or perhaps not surprisingly to some, 60% of respondents stated that they don’t read any genealogy blogs.  Keep in mind that this survey was conducted online, so the respondents all received the survey link via email or may have already been following the Daily Genealogist blog.

This one data point has already generated quite a bit of chatter on various genealogy blogs – what are your thoughts as a genealogy blogger? Are we as bloggers not doing enough to get the word out about how resourceful genealogy blogs can be?  Are we dealing with a perception or education issue here?

Let us know how you would encourage genealogists – especially beginning genealogists – to read not just your own genealogy blog, but a wide variety of blogs.

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.


For me, I think it is still education. We know how important education is in the field of genealogy and how it is education that will help the newcomers to family history research understand the basic foundations of genealogy.

Personally, I’ve been giving a “why you should be using genealogy blogs as a resource” presentation for two years now and continue to do this when needed.  Perhaps we need more – a webinar? A video or slideshow? A campaign such as “Why I Blog?”

I think I have a new genealogy resolution for 2012!


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.

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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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