New Poll On Right Sidebar Of The Blog; Simple Question Being Posed; “Have You Actively Collaborated Your Research With A Fellow Researcher On Some Common Family History Research?”; “Yes” Or “No”?

Hi Everyone!

Well, here goes another Poll that is now on the right sidebar of the blog right at the top of the blog homepage.

I am just asking for a simple response to a very basic question.

“Are You Actively Collaborating With Other Researchers On Some Common Family History Research”  Yes or No

Simple, direct and to the point.

Researching “solo” had been the traditional method of research for many years probably because the technology that facilitated ease of communication did not exist.  Research of the 1980’s and earlier meant a lot of dedicated time to making calls, writing letters, visiting libraries and archives.  Cousins you knew of may have lived far from you and even communicating by phone at that time meant incurring “long distance” charges on your phone bill!  So you just did not readily have the ability to inexpensively communicate.

Then the Internet was born for general users in the early 1990s.  WOW!  An explosion of communicating was soon to take place, firstly by using e-mail.  If you had a computer and a cousin had a computer you could now bypass the post office and share information.  You could even add “cc” recipients or multiple direct recipients.  No longer were you going to incur postage charges, paper charges or envelope charges to connect with cousins.

Social Media was born.  Facebook.  Twitter.  YouTube.  Skype.

Our relatives and potential “collaborators” are now right at our fingertips, whether they live next door to you or half way around the world.  You can connect instantly through technology.

You can now feel more connected to “family” than ever before.  The more family members engage on solving family history problems, the more can be discovered and the more old problems can be put to rest in terms of research!

Have you connected with a “cousin”?  Are two of you or three of you or ten of you now working together to expand your family history research exponentially?

Take a look at the new Poll.  Consider providing a reply.

Let’s see how active this poll can be.

The more the merrier!

Tony Kierna
Genealogy Coordinator
Schaumburg Township District Library

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