Open Thread Thursday – Technology Predictions

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This week’s topic for Open Thread Thursday is:

With the RootsTech conference starting today and the genealogy industry’s continued focus on leveraging technology, what do you think will be available in 5 – 10 years to genealogists and family historians?

Post your responses in the comments or at a post on your own genealogy blog and place the link here in the comments.


The phrase, “You’ve come a long way baby” could easily be applied to the genealogy industry.  Just take a look at yesterday’s interview with Elizabeth Shown Mills here at GeneaBloggers where she outlines the changes over the last 30 years.

You all know that I am a big technology fan especially when it comes to genealogy. And I am also adamant – no, fervent – about my advocacy that everyone in the genealogy community needs to get in front of technology or at least be on top of the wave, but not behind it! And this means professional genealogists, genealogical societies – everyone.

Let’s see what my readers come up with in terms of predictions for genealogy when it comes to technology.  You can choose to keep it real and reasonable or make it wild and bold – these are your predictions!


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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