QR Code Explosion – But Where Is Genealogy?

A new infographic on the explosive growth in QR codes with a 1200% increase between July and December 2010. Personally I am seeing them more and more including stores, bus shelters and other places.

From the post Who’s Really Scanning All Those QR Codes? at Mashable, you’ll also see how even local governments are getting in on the QR code movement. I think New York City’s use of the codes on building permits is creative: scan the code from a notice posted on a building and you have access to all the information on who filed the permit, the type of project, whether there have been violations, etc.

I know that more and more libraries are using QR codes such as the Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library where QR codes are used for its library audio tour. Check out Library Success – A Best Practices Wiki and its astounding list of ways libraries are putting QR codes to work!

We discussed QR codes here and here back in March 2010 but so far the genealogy industry has been slow to adopt their use.  For you creative thinkers, how could genealogy companies and even genealogical societies use QR codes?


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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 “QR Code Explosion – But Where Is Genealogy?

  1. What if QR codes could be used to download the info for source citations? For example, I can Print to Save as PDF to create a digital record from an Ancestry.com census record. What if that included a QR code and I scanned it to capture the citation to use in my family tree software?

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