Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Nicole Martensen

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn — even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once had to spend untold hours poring over dusty family albums and disorganized archives, they now have seemingly limitless resources available with just the click of a computer mouse.

Sites like Ancestry.com have done much to popularize genealogy, but family researchers can also find a trove of information on their own through online census and court records and social networks that make it easy for even novice investigators to locate, organize and share their family links. Person A and Person B might have never met or even be aware of any connection to each other, but…

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