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12 September 2011 ~ Comments Off on New Article – Looking for the Dead at Obit Magazine

New Article – Looking for the Dead at Obit Magazine

Obit Magazine

My latest article entitled Looking for the Dead has been posted at Obit Magazine.  Take a look especially for links to uncommon resources and record sets for locating your ancestors!

Disclosure:  Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2011, Thomas MacEntee

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21 August 2011 ~ Comments Off on Appearance on The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan, WGN AM Radio

Appearance on The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan, WGN AM Radio

In case you missed it, early this morning, August 21, 2011, I was a guest on the WGN AM Radio show The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.

During the segment, I not only discussed some of the basic trends in the genealogy industry and why family history is becoming more and more popular, but I also had a chance to mention the upcoming FGS 2011 conference in Springfield, Illinois, September 7-10, 2011.

You can listen to the segment by clicking the link below:

http://www.wgnradio.com/shows/sundaypapers/wgnam-kogan-uncut-110821-thomas-macentee-federation-of-genealogical-studies,0,6748843.mp3file

I guess the episode went well since Rick said – live on the air – that he’d love to have my come into the studio for an expanded segment about genealogy! So I’ll keep you posted on the progress of that project!

And many thanks to ISGS member Linda Swisher who used her contacts to arrange for my appearance on The Sunday Papers!

© 2011, Thomas MacEntee

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21 March 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Genealogy and Gasoline Prices

At first glance, you might ask, “Is there really any connection between genealogy and gas prices?” And then you realize that increasing gas prices in the United States really have an impact on pretty much everything. If a consumer must allocate more money towards gas prices, then other areas of spending will suffer. In the alternative, the consumer might cut back on automobile travel in order to maintain current spending levels for other items.

But let’s look at the impact of rising gas prices on the genealogy industry and some possible trends to be spotted in the future, especially in Summer 2011:

  • A decrease in genealogy research trips.  With the high cost of gasoline and the fact that most genealogy research trips are done via automobile, we could see a cutback of such trips. Also, some genealogists have already indicated that even if they cutback on the number of trips, they might take one or two longer trips rather than several shorter trips. This makes sense since consumers naturally migrate towards “combining trips” even when running errands around town.
  • An increase in ride sharing for genealogy conferences. Already two major genealogy conferences (FGS 2011 and SCGS Jamboree) have announced the availability of ride sharing via RideBuzz. This makes sense especially with many attendees driving from the same location.
  • An increase in online genealogy website traffic. Although it is difficult to determine this by looking at website traffic number for Ancestry.com and other sites (since there are many other impacting factors such as WDYTYA), many researchers might opt to fully explore what is available online before they set off on that research trip.
  • An increase in online webinars and meetings. February and March 2011 have already seen an explosion in webinars (see Geneawebinars for a list of upcoming webinars). So far, there has been no real impact on live speaking engagements by genealogy speakers. But look for more genealogical societies to begin embracing webinars and web conferences to hold virtual meetings rather than in-person meetings. Already, FGS is doing this for their board and committee meetings at a great savings to the society.
  • Higher prices for shipping online genealogy purchases. It is only a matter of time before we see shipping and handling costs increase when buying books, CDs and the like. This might cause some publishers to offer an e-book alternative that can be downloaded immediately with no shipping costs involved.

What other areas of the genealogy industry do you think will be impacted by rising gas prices?

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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