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We should all hope that the someone out there would do "all our genealogy" for us, but I am certain that this will never happen. But the commentator went on to say, "But I cannot understand why there is a compulsion to analyze and make a deduction of the facts supplied. Surely that defeats the whole object of the hobby?"
In response, I would say that genealogy is much more than a hobby. I personally certainly do not put genealogy into the realm of handicrafts and scrapbooking, although there are many who treat it as a hobby. Just recently I spent about two hours helping another missionary at the Brigham Young University Family History Library to decipher some awfully bad handwriting from a Sicilian Parish Register. Also quite recently, I attended the BYU Family History Technology Workshop and heard several technical papers presented concerning the challenges of developing handwriting recognition software. I can assure you the programmers involved in trying to solve this intractable problem were not approaching family history as a "hobby." After listening to the challenges involved in developing a workable solution to handwriting recognition, I am confident we will still have a many difficult and overwhelming challenges left in doing our genealogy that will not be automated in the foreseeable future.
But I do think that the comment merits some consideration. There is an off-quoted statement which is possibly not true where Thomas Watson, the president of IBM in 1943 said, "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." See "The 7 Worst Tech Predictions of All Time." I could go on with the 1977 quote from Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation where he is reported to have said, "The is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." The point here is that we are presently only beginning to see the technological changes that will develop over the next year much less over any longer time period.
If I wanted to do so, I could use some antique woodworking tools and build a house the same way one was built in the 1600s. But would I want to? If my primary job was building houses, wouldn't I want all the latest tools? Right now, my primary job is doing genealogical research and I am more than happy to use whatever tools are available. I am excited to see the innovations and tools that are now available and I am anticipating a number of innovations in the future. By the way, I would rather live in my much newer home than one built in the 1600s also.