The WDYTYA effect hits America

6 Mar

I had to smile when I read Thomas MacEntee’s post which mentioned his difficulty accessing the NEHGS and Ancestry.com websites after the transmission of the first episode of the US version of WDYTYA.

"Ahhh", I thought to myself, "the Who Do You Think You Are? effect has finally hit America".

If WDYTYA has the same impact over there as it did here you can expect more of the same in the coming weeks and months, as people see how ‘easy it is to do genealogy research.

So apart from slow and unavailable websites what else can you expect?

Queues and delays at archives, libraries and repositories, may take a while to manifest themselves whilst everyone spends their time ‘crashing’ the internet searching for their ancestors.

You can also expect delays ordering documents. Over in the UK the General Register Office had a real struggle meeting the demand for birth, marriage and death certificates.

It is not all bad news however, of course more genealogists has to be a good thing in the end, and for bloggers you can expect an increase in visitors (my own posts on the last series over here saw three or four times the average number of hits).

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2 Responses to “The WDYTYA effect hits America”

  1. familyforest March 24, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    These shows like Faces of America and WDYTYA are terrific inspirations to lead the viewers to tracing their own ancestry.

    So for the first episode of Sarh Jessica Parker on Who Do You Think You Are? and more on Sarah’s other family ties:

    http://familyforest.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/sarah-jessica-parker-on-who-do-you-think-you-are/

    and for a great resource to trace your own

    http://familyforest.com

    Looking forward to the next episode!

  2. Tara April 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm #

    I love that you call it the “WDYTYA Effect” that’s great, and very true! It will be interesting to see what happens next with it!

    http://www.thehistorium.com

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