Purpose

The purpose of this website is to consider genealogy in the the age of digitisation.

Key topics are:

1. appreciate the outputs of digitised genealogy

2. the challenges of analysis

3. the application of the outputs.

The OpenAI.com Chatbot GPT says

"European genealogical practices vary by country and culture, but generally involve researching and documenting one's ancestry and family history through records such as birth, marriage, and death certificates, church records, and census records. Many people in Europe also rely on oral tradition and family stories passed down through generations to learn about their ancestors. Professional genealogists may also be consulted to help with research and to verify and organize the collected information. In some countries, such as Ireland, there are also specific genealogical societies and resources available to aid in research."

So how did the genealogical culture end up on the margins?

The outputs of three decades of genealogy in the digitised era

Popular interest in genealogy has caused the state records on the population, birth, marriages, deaths, enumerations and a lot more to be digitised and made available. Millions of people have examined these records and assembled data packages for specific people from the past, What needs examination is whether the results and outputs of this work are well understood and whether they have been put to good use.