Internet and Mobile Trends, and Rumors of the Next Mobile Gadget

When I published my book Turn Your iPad into a Genealogy Powerhouse (and tablets too!) some folks in the genealogy
community asked me if I really thought there were many family historians out there who would use an iPad or tablet.

My emphatic answer was “yes,” and as I travel and speak to live audiences around the U.S. and internationally they prove me right. It’s amazing how many tablets are carefully pulled out of bags and fired up when my presentations begin.

To put the increase in mobile device usage in perspective, check out this cool infographic on the mobile trends of 2012.

2012 Internet & Mobile Trends

Infographic courtesy of

Of particular note is the dominance of the iPad over the iPhone and iPod.  And while “iPhone” is a household term, Android smartphones far outsell them.

Bottom Line: Mobile is here and throwing its weight around.

And if genealogists have proven anything, it is that they are often leading the pack in using technology to accomplish their goals. (Tap into the newest genealogical tech at the upcoming RootsTech 2013 conference. Get more info here.)

And what can we look for in the future? Here’s an article about some rumors being whispered about the next big mobile gadget.  Shhhhhhhh….


Two National Conferences Merge Creating Larger Family History Event

Most genealogists firmly believe that genealogy is more than just collecting name and dates. And to their delight the organizers of the popular RootsTech conference reinforce that belief by adding the Story@Home Conference to the lineup at  RootsTech 2013 which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah March 21 through the 23, 2013.

Here are all the details from the press release:

RootsTech is pleased to announce the addition of Story@Home, offering a full selection of classes and workshops dedicated to the art and inspiration of connecting generations through stories.

With the addition of the Story@Home, RootsTech now provides a rich conference experience for anyone interested in learning how to preserve and share their personal and family stories. Story@Home presenters include nationally renowned storytelling experts, including Syd Lieberman and Kim Weitkamp.

Held March 21-23, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah, RootsTech offers an opportunity unlike any other to discover the latest family history tools and techniques in an effort to find, organize, preserve, and share family connections, history, and stories.

Story@Home helps bring family histories to life through the power of story. Over 20 classes offer insight in how to successfully research, tell, record, publish, and share family stories. Learn More Already Registered For RootsTech? Story@Home is automatically included in the Full Conference Pass, including 3-day, 1-day, and Student passes.

If you’re registered for the Getting Started track, add Story@Home classes for just $40. Simply edit your registration, choose the Story@Home + Getting Started Combo pass, and pay the price difference.

RootsTech now has something for everyone, from the avid genealogist to those just getting started, or for those who simply want to discover the latest technologies and solutions to better connect with their family. At RootsTech, experience world-class content from speakers from all over the country, an exciting exhibitor hall, and great keynote speakers.

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