Mesa turns out to be a lot cooler today with some clouds. We can go months without seeing rain, clouds aren't than uncommon. The Arizona Family History Expo seems very well attended. I taught a class on the FamilySearch Research Wiki in a large auditorium and nearly all the seats were filled. I am continually amazed. When I ask how many of the attendees know about the Research Wiki, I got about three or four hands. This is not a very good indication of market penetration. I think it gives a good indication of the breadth of genealogical resources online. We are not all chasing the same few sites, there are a huge number of sites to look at and use.
FamilySearch has another website that languishes in obscurity. That is the TechTips
site. From the comments made on the posts, I can only assume that this
is an extremely valuable website, but the number of people who recognize
the site name is even smaller than those who recognize the Research
Wiki. It makes me wonder how many really obscure, but valuable, websites
there are out there in the online world?
Last evening, I participated in a panel discussion about
genealogy and social media. I have found Google+ to be more focused than
Facebook primarily because of the way the Google+ Circles allow you to
easily select those with whom you wish to associate. I think that there
is a place for both. The comments from audience were interesting in
showing that a relatively small percentage of genealogists use Facebook
regularly and even fewer were acquainted with Google+. One of the values
of these genealogy conferences is giving a large group of genealogists
the opportunity to at least hear about all the changes and new resources
appearing on the Internet.