Column: Are Mailing Lists Becoming a Thing of the Past

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: Journal-Pioneer (Summerside)

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Are Genealogy Mailing Lists a Thing of the Past?

Snippet: Is genealogy losing ground to other hobbies? Or are people finding other ways to connect and share information other than on Internet mailing lists?

I ask this because the number of posts I receive daily from the seven mailing lists I subscribe to have diminished over the past year. Sometimes a hot topic will spark a wave of messages, but on average, I receive about five posts a day. That’s not even one per list. What’s going on? Just a few years ago, I’d receive twenty, sometimes up to fifty, posts a day.

Have genealogy mailing lists lost their spark? Are Internet newsletters and blogs taking over, or have people decided to return to the old-fashioned way and attend society meetings and visit archives?

. . . To read more, visit a newspaper website or pick up a copy if you’re a local resident.

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