Every so often in life there is someone who does an extraordinary job and whose contributions go far beyond anyone's expectations. Jay Verkler's ten year tenure at FamilySearch has produced just such an experience for the genealogical world. Unlike the more visible media world, Jay Verkler's name is not a household word, but his influence has permanently changed the practice of genealogy for the better and his influence will be felt for years to come.
blogging about genealogy has done for me is to allow me the opportunity
to have a small glimpse into the rapidly changing genealogical world.
Because of my interest in genealogy, I had a fair understanding of
genealogical resources but little understanding of the greater issues in
the genealogy world. Blogging has given me a greater perspective and
because of that perspective, I am in a position to appreciate Jay
Verkler's contribution. Because of what he did, the pursuit of family
history will never be the same, in a very good way.
Jay, in my small way I hope you understand how much those of us who
know some of what you did, appreciate your contribution and sacrifice.
As I would say, Que le vaya bien.