Dear GenealogyBank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear GenealogyBank, It’s not me– It’s you. Really. You have a great product. Sure, there is overlap with other free sites like Chronicling America and other paid sites like Newspapers.com. But I get it; you’ve got content they don’t. Like newspapers from Eastport, Maine just across the bay from where one of my ancestors settled. And I…

‘The Checkout’ takes on Ancestry and WDYTYA

Last week an Australian TV series called ‘The Checkout‘ released an episode which parodies Who Do You Think You Are. The video, entitled ‘Who Do They Think They Are?‘, takes many jabs at the TV show for making genealogy look easy, but takes many big swipes at Ancestry.com for their subscription tactics. Go ahead, watch the…

Dick Eastman’s Complaint About Genealogists

Dick Eastman has a complaint about many genealogists. I am appalled that some people apparently expect a company to spend money gathering free records, spend money scanning it, spend money building data centers, spend money buying servers and disk farms, spend money on high-speed Internet connectivity, spend money for programmers, spend money on customer support…