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The Great Genealogy Rush of July 2009

10 Jul

A comment from Evelyn on my post about not wanting to get involved in GenealogyWise, made me realise that I had heard about this sort of behaviour before. It was conjuring up images of a gold rush, admittedly my knowledge of gold rushes comes from films, so probably not really 100% accurate.

Wikipedia describes a gold rush as “a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold.” Substitute a few words here and there and what I was seeing was everyone flooding in and staking their claim on their own patch of genealogical cyberspace. Perhaps not hoping to find gold, but genealogical treasure of one sort or another.

Now I am not trying to say that this is good or bad thing, just that it is not for me. I am sure things will eventually calm down and once the dust settles there may well be some rich pickings, but for now I will sit in my corner out of the way until the stampede is over.


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