Open Thread Thursday – What Is Your Genealogical Nightmare?

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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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13 thoughts on “Open Thread Thursday – What Is Your Genealogical Nightmare?

  1. My biggest nightmare is the propagation of erroneous family histories and undocumented links, that occurs on the internet; and the fact the many people take it as ‘fact’.

  2. The client who has done their family tree in a week back to an illegitimate son of the Earl of *Wherever* from unsourced histories on t’interweb and then wants me to find the documents to prove it. Genealogist FAIL :-)

  3. Inaccessible vital records. I can deal with internet-crazies, but if I can’t get vital records…well, that’s definitely a buzzkill.

  4. My son, working in IT through a school district, just told me that he can’t wait for the end of books and libraries! I am just so shocked as he has always been an avid reader and library user BUT his point is that so much money could be saved by not dedicating physical locations etc when we could all be carrying around our own personal libraries in a lightweight digital format. I do get his point, but I LOVE to curl up with a good book.

  5. My genealogical nightmare was the discovery that my grandfather’s biological father, whom he thought died when he was 10 – was actually alive and well and living with his new family a few states away until about 15 years before my grandfather passed away in 2005. Though all the people in my family that this directly affected are no longer living – it’s not a situation I was prepared to encounter or care to have to explain to anyone. Generations later, it’s still a slap in the face.

  6. I have the joy to have in hand a LOT of primary sources: ledger books, photos, letters, maps. I have begun discussing with my daughter where they are stored and my desires for their continued safe keeping. The only nightmare worse than not getting to finish my family stories is the thought that all of these collected records will be thrown out at the curb!

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