When I first expressed an interest in creating a blog, several people asked, "Jim, why do you want to add to an already crowded blogosphere?”
Great question—aren’t there enough blogs already? What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said?
If I write a blog, will anyone read it?
The answer to the first question is: There may be enough blogs but there can never be enough blogs that address a truly important subject. To the second question, I would say: Family research is an area in which new ideas and techniques are constantly emerging and new information continues to be made available. With advances in technology come advances in research methods, and therefore, a need to stay abreast of those changes. And to the last question, I would respond with the following thoughts:
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So, I took it upon myself to be their spokesperson. When I heard them express an idea or concern, I would encourage them to speak up and let their voices be heard and in turn, I would lend my voice, energy, and support to their ideas. That is what I see as one of the primary purposes of this blog. There is no such thing as a stupid question or comment. Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome. Of course it goes without saying that all communication should be respectful in nature; constructive criticism is always the most helpful form of instruction.
With this blog, I plan to disseminate updates that I receive or information I discover in the course of my research and consultant work for Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, and Legacy Tree. Some of this information will include news items of interest to genealogists and some will consist of my own personal observations concerning the research process. But above all, my hope is that this blog will become a forum for ongoing discussion among readers—especially those who normally find themselves part of “the silent majority.”
This blog is being written for all levels of researchers, from beginners to experts. It's intended for anyone who is in the genealogy business or interested in uncovering their own family roots. Please send suggestions for topics you would like to explore, and areas in which I can magnify your thoughts and ideas. As an added incentive, because I work in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I will provide a free lookup to the first 10 people who contact me with an idea or suggestion. With your help, this blog will give a loud and clear voice to family history enthusiasts and increase and enhance our collective research experiences.