Archival Musing #1: Genealogical Archives and the Not-so Distant Future

Ask any veteran genealogist: in terms of broad access to historical resources, we live in a great time for genealogical research. It seems a newer, more specialized database arrives each year, whether to do with military documents, emigration records, or even U. S. State archives. It’s as if we’re discovering our histories anew with each technological advancement. But how do we weather these changes in our databases, and what in our thinking and practices must evolve when to research means going to a digital archive first?

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