The idea of going online and with a few taps being able to access your family history just like that *snaps fingers* is, well, seductive. Also, being able to collaborate with cousins around the world via a world family tree would be quite handy. However, are we ready for something so seemingly easy? Is the technology available to adequately address the many issues that arise with a world family tree? Is the idea even realistic? What technology is already out there to create world family trees? Currently, which ones are better than others?
I tackle these questions and more in my article, "Are You Ready For a World Family Tree?," in the April 2013 issue of the Who Do You Think You Are? UK magazine.
Fascinating articles in this issue include a bittersweet "Reader Story" revealed by Simon Last who tackles adoption and Polish records to discover a part of his family story; a heartbreaking yet helpful look into a time when British orphans were shipped off to Australia in Janet Sacks' "New Life in a New World: Child Emigration to Australia;" and Audrey Collins gives an in-depth look at Criminal Petitions and how to use them in your research.
Get your issue today! It's available for the iPhone and iPad via the App Store. In fact, for just a bit longer you can get this April issue free when you opt for a free month trial subscription. You can also just purchase this issue in the App Store if you're not interested in subscribing to the magazine. It's also available digitally at Zinio.com where you can subscribe to the magazine or purchase single issues. And, of course, look for the Who Do You Think You Are? UK magazine in the genealogy/family history magazine section at your favorite Barnes and Noble Bookstore or newsstand.