Today’s Tip: Don’t forget the digital world of genealogy changes at the speed of data bytes!
The other day I received an electronic update from FamilySearch.org. They were notifying me that there were thousands of new images of probate, birth, death, voter registration, and other documents just for Cuyahoga County, Ohio. This just a week or so after the last update I got!
I also noted that GenealogyBank.com, one of my favorite sites (pay site) is 5 years old. Started with 160 million records and now has over 1 billion …… hard numbers for me to even grasp! But the growth is literally a daily occurrence.
Competition is a good thing for genealogy as no one wants to be left in the dustbin of being irrelevant, so the really big players are working overtime (literally) at getting documents digitally indexed and uploaded to the Internet.
This is great for all of us …. but requires that we remember that these changes are taking place at an unprecedented pace and that we must remember to revisit many sites to check and see what is new and exciting!
It is not good enough for us to check a site once a month. Now we must do some quick checking more regularly and watch those updates in our email boxes for new material notifications!
Just the other day I happened to be searching for a record on a relation when I came across a marriage license for a couple I had spent months searching for and had given up. Now, it had been added to the digital lot in an update of some kind.
So, remember to go back to those sites you use, love, have used, and maybe even were unimpressed with …. to see what is new. It may be just a nanosecond old!
What a great time we live in!
Onward To Our Past,