Thursday, July 12, 2012

To Pay or Not to Pay? The Cost of Genealogy

To pay or not to pay for genealogy information?
There are a number of good blog posts this week about this exact question. I'm posting the links to these articles instead of blogging a post about this subject myself. These professionals have got it covered, and I support what they are saying.

Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers has two posts this week that, in my opinion, hit the nail right on the head.
First, Genealogy - What Do You Mean It Isn't Free? A 2012 Update
I couldn't have blogged this any better, so I haven't. My thoughts on this subject are covered in Thomas' post
Second, How Do You Make Money in Genealogy? A 2012 Update
This is a realistic look at how much money the average professional genealogist really makes in comparision to the work he or she does.
After reading this post, I've realized I need to re-evaluate my volunteer hours, too.

Next, is Michael Hait at Planting the Seeds with Charging for genealogy: what is it worth? Michael's take on this subject may be more for the professional genealogist, but it is still a worthwhile read.

Illya D'Adezzio of the Genealogy Today blog shares his thoughts about making genealogy data available with Where is My Free Genealogy Data?

Lastly, in case you missed this back in May, DearMYRTLE has a timely post about volunteering with Applecart: Thoughts on volunteerism

Copyright by Kathryn Lake Hogan, 2012.

2 comments:

Amy Crooks said...

I had to wiegh in on this too http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=32409743#allposts. I do agree that there should be some way of educating the general public of all we do in this community and it's value.

Kathryn Lake Hogan said...

Thanks for reading and commenting Amy.