Open Thread Thursday – Your 2011 Predictions for the Genealogy Industry

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

You’ve been given a very powerful crystal ball to see into the future, to the end of 2011. You can’t use it for Mega Millions numbers or to spy on your in-laws. It only works for predicting the future of the genealogy industry. Tell us what you see.

Take a look at the predictions made earlier today by Genea Dixon here at GeneaBloggers for inspiration. And please, let’s make this a fun topic – no personal attacks or agendas (I hate to have to say this, but I do.)

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Please either post on today’s topic of “Your 2011 Predictions for the Genealogy Industry” 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.

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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.

    3 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday – Your 2011 Predictions for the Genealogy Industry

    1. The one prediction I feel safe making is that the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War will be the nexus of a great many genealogy and family history developments. It will influence public and private conversations about the continuing impact of secession, slavery and emancipation, and states’ rights, sparking an amazing array of blog posts. It will also encourage families to dig out Civil War-era documents and institutions to digitize as many of them as possible.

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