Open Thread Thursday – What Is Your Genealogical Nightmare?


These week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

While some of the information we dig up about our ancestors might frighten us or family members, there are other possible nightmares related to genealogy research: lack of access to records, the rising cost of performing research, etc. What is your genealogical nightmare?

While we live in a time when it seems there has never been more access to records – both online and offline – a variety of threats to such access exist. Picture a genealogy industry with reduced or restricted access and nightmare could become reality.

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

  • Are you concerned over the lack of access to records as more and more states work to restrict access due to privacy concerns? In your opinion, are such concerns especially involving identity theft true or false?
  • With the consolidation of the genealogy industry to just a few “big players,” are you concerned about the price of access to online records?
  • As state, federal and even some church budgets are constantly under pressure and funding is cut, what if some libraries and repositories reduce their hours or simply close?
  • Are there other scenarios you’ve considered that are just as scary?

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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