Are you interested in genealogy and family history? Would you be willing to help us understand the growing interest in genealogy around the world? If so, please carefully read the directions below and complete the survey that follows.
Genealogy is the number one hobby in the United States according to some sources. Nearly 60% of U.S. residents participate in some genealogical activities. Yet there is sparse information about the millions of people involved in this rewarding hobby and what needs are met by the pursuit of one's ancestors. The purpose of this study is to find out more about genealogists and family historians and why they are interested in genealogy. While we realize there may be some differences between the two pursuits, for the purposes of this study, the terms genealogist and family historian will be used interchangeably to mean persons who are interested in family descent and collect or discuss information about their ancestors. All information collected is anonymous. Although an initial computer identifier code is collected when responses are entered, this information is subsequently stripped from all data analyses and erased. No identifying information about your individual answers will be divulged.If you have any questions about this research or would like information on the results, please contact Pamela Drake via email at email@example.com or via telephone at California State University, Fullerton at (714) 278-7374. This research is being conducted as a Master's thesis project supervised by William D. Marelich, Ph.D.
Please complete this survey only once.
The survey has been tested utilizing Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer only. Please use either browser to complete the study, or make sure that your alternate is able to process CGI scripts.
Please answer every item. Answer as completely as possible. To obtain the clearest picture of who is interested in family history, we strongly encourage you to include any items we may have missed in the spaces labeled "other." If you need additional space, please go to the end of the survey and indicate by number which item you are continuing to answer. Additional comments may also be added at the end.
The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. The online version is divided into two parts, with the largest part first. PLEASE make sure to complete both parts.
A couple of notes on quirks in the way the online survey works:
Do not use the "Enter" key to move between items. Use your mouse and the scroll bar on the right side of your screen to move between items. Using the "enter" or "return" key will submit the survey too soon.
When filling in boxes, do not use commas or quotation marks. Those characters interfere with the program. Please keep these things in mind as you go through the questions.
Thank you for your participation.
THIS IS THE END OF PART ONE