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Ancestors expert Irene Johnson explains some of the benefits of computers for genealogy.
These are exciting times for genealogists. The merging of technology with genealogy has made almost every aspect of family history research easier - storing and organizing information; contacting others and networking on a global scale; researching surnames, places and other special topics of interest; sharing discoveries, photos, and data; and so forth. While genealogy can still be done manually without the use of computers, most people who have been researching their roots from pre-technology days will testify to how much more progress they have made since investing in that home computer and how much more productive they have been in their research in general.
Types of Genealogical Technology
Genealogical technology is such a massive topic -- and is developing so rapidly -- that it's difficult to distill down to simple categories. As far as we think we've come, it's almost impossible to fathom what we will be able to do in another five or ten years. Below, we have provided an overview of some of the technological tools that are readily available to most genealogists today, including:
· Search Engines
· Mailing Lists
· Online Databases
But we'd also like to hear your ideas about the future. Visit our tips page to tell us about some of the ways you envision genealogy and technology blending together to help us all in the near future.