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Inspired by a post from The Ancestry Insider: Turning the Model Upside Down, who was reporting on Steve Rockwood's keynote address given at the 2016 BYU Conference on Family History and Genealogy.

Steve is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of FamilySearch International. He is the managing director of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which sponsors FamilySearch.

Steve said in the past we presented people with a chart or a computer to start them in family history. Those that were willing to stay with it long enough eventually experienced the positive emotions associated with family history. In the Church today, that amounts to 2% of the members.

FamilySearch has changed their logo to a set of picture frames, and has shifted the emphasis to "start[ing] people with photos, audio recordings, anything that anyone can participate in." This change in emphasis was evident at the 2016 RootsTech conference, where the emphasis was on applications that make it easier to collect family stories.

Let's talk about how a change in outlook from 'filling in the blanks on a form' to an emphasis on narrative makes a difference in how we 'do genealogy'.

Thanks to ACProctor for his pointer to this blog post.


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