Technology has substantially shaped the world of family history and genealogy research. Understanding the ways in which technology has changed the approach to these projects can go a long way toward helping you leverage it to best meet your needs. At Heritage Consulting, our team can help to ensure that you are able to undertake the most effective genealogy research project possible. Here are a few things that you should know about combining family history and technology, as well as the benefits that are obtained by doing so.
Easier Record Preservation
When you use technology for your family history research, it will be easier to preserve your records. This allows you to easily backup all of your data and research findings. This prevents having all of your hard work lost by misplacing the documentation or having it damaged in a fire or other natural disaster. By backing up your information, you can help to preserve it for generations to come. This also enables you to scan in aging documents to ensure that a record of them can be saved for the future, as well.
In the past, doing research required searching through endless files and libraries. This resulted in much more time expended on your research process. With the improvements in technology, you can often find the information that you are looking for with a few keystrokes. By searching on the internet, you will be able to more easily and quickly perform your research and find information. However, it is also important to note that not all archives have been uploaded to the internet, so some lengthier research may still be necessary.
Websites for Genealogy
With the prevalence of the internet, it is no surprise that many websites have popped up that are specifically for genealogy. These websites have vast databases and can connect you to a community of other people that share your interests. Making use of these websites can often expedite your family history project.
DNA testing is a particularly advanced way in which technology can improve your research project. This testing can help you to find unknown relatives or learn where to search for your family’s records. When you have a DNA test done, you can gain more information that can even get you past walls in your genealogy research.
Digital Record Keeping
When you are able to keep your records on a digital platform, you will be able to protect them. This can also make it much easier to stay organized. Spreadsheets can be implemented to help improve the efficiency of your family history project.
Easy to Share
Technology makes it much easier to share your research. This will help you to share it with your family members and other interested parties. Many of the genealogy-oriented websites have locations where you can upload your research. In addition to this, it makes it easier for other people to share their research, as well. This can help you to find information for your own project more easily.
Technology allows you to record videos of interviews that you have with your family members. This provides very valuable information, both for your project and for sentimental value. If you intend to record a video of an interview, it is important to ensure that it is okay with your relative.
It can be difficult to double check information, especially when you have only compiled it through word of mouth. Family histories can easily be inaccurate. Stories may have changed over time. With access to the internet and technology advances, it will be easier to fact check the stories that are passed down through your family. This often enables you to ensure that your research is factual and accurate.
Using technology can be extremely beneficial for your research project. It can help you to do more research in a shorter period of time. It can also help you to protect your research and share it more easily. Our team at Heritage Consulting is passionate about making your research as efficient as possible. For more information about how we can aid in your research project, contact us at Heritage Consulting today!