Speaking at BYU Family History Technology Workshop

Monday, 10 Mar 2008 | by Mark Tucker

This week I will be taking vacation days from work so that I can attend both the 2008 Family History Technology Workshop as well as the Computerized Family History and Genealogy Conference in Provo, Utah.  I will be speaking at the technology workshop and have 20 minutes to discuss my topic: 10 Things Genealogy Software Should Do. 

Here is the abstract from my paper:

Innovation in genealogy software starts with ideas that lead to better design. This paper discusses 10 things that genealogy software should do but currently doesn’t. It is a starting point for discussion among those in the genealogy community: family historians, software developers, and designers. It is a springboard for additional design ideas.

With only 20 minutes, it will be both fast and fun.  If you will be attending either the workshop or the conference, it would be great to meet you.

Check out the schedule for other topics that will be discussed.


  1. Mark,
    Looks like an interesting presentation. Reminded me of a blog post from a couple of years ago ( Wouldn’t surprise me if there were some common themes between your presentation and this posting. Genealogy software hasn’t evolved nearly fast enough. I’m excited to hear your presentation.

    Comment by Dan Lawyer — 10 Mar 2008 @ 4:09 pm

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  3. For those of us who weren’t there. . .Will you make a transcript of your presentation available? I’m currently redesigning my family website, and I’m seriously frustrated at how many programs are required and how little my genealogy programs can actually do for me. They seem to be focused on the genealogist, rather than the ability to share info with people who don’t really care about genealogy, but think it’s cool to see G-Grampa at 20 or hear about a new branch of the family in a far-off place. I’m interested to see what your vision of genealogy software is and if you think you’ll see any of it in your lifetime. :)

    Comment by J. — 28 Apr 2008 @ 8:59 am

  4. J.

    You can find a copy of my PowerPoint slides, paper, and even a video with my narration of the slides at:

    It may be more genealogist focused but I am always interested in hearing about what tools you are using, what is making you frustrated, and how things might be simplfied.

    You can add these comments to:

    I think today’s genealogy software is good, but that it can be even better. There are many scenarios (similar to yours) that are not currently being addressed. The field is ripe for more software developers and designers to take those scenarios and make a living solving those problems. I’m optimistic that will happen.

    Take care,


    Comment by Mark Tucker — 28 Apr 2008 @ 9:33 am

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