Genealogical Change? – No Big Deal – Ida Could Have Handled It


During the last several weeks there has been a verbal uprising in the online genealogy community over the demise of Google Reader and the imminent demise of’s “Old Search”. Hundreds if not thousands of posts on Social Media and blogs have been written about these two subjects.

I understand that people can be resistant to change, but give me a break. I had used Google Reader for a long time and after 5 minutes of research and 5 minutes of setup – I changed to Feedly and THAT major life problem was solved,

Regarding Old Search, I was a bit more reluctant because I liked it and because I had not used New Search enough to actually allay my concerns with it. So I watched a short tutorial from about search and read a few things and switched over. Took a little more time and “convincing” but it was done. And everything works just fine. Again another major life crisis was averted.

Now please compare those two insignificant life changes with those that my Great Aunt Ida Mae Williams Fageol faced during her 108 years here on earth. Born in 1884, she lived until 1992. She lived through some HUGE technological and other changes and events that impacted her life – some directly and some indirectly:

  • Mass Electrification
  • Automobiles
  • Airplanes
  • Electronics
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Computers
  • Telephones
  • The Internet

She also survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake where she was displaced after her home was severely damaged. She had family members who served and fortunately survived World War I, World War II, and Vietnam.

Could Aunt Ida have handled the demise of Google Reader and Old Search? With her eyes closed and without breaking a sweat or increasing her heartbeat. And without complaint.

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  1. “Born in 1884, she lived to the ripe old age of 1992.”
    Surely that’s a typo? 😉
    Apart from that, I so agree.

      1. Oops you are right. She died in 1992 at 108 years old. Thanks I will fix

  2. I don’t like change.. or I’ve convinced myself I don’t. So, after I get used to a way of doing something.. it is a challenge, especially if I’m not really aware that a big change is coming, to adjust. My gran is 99..100 in Dec. and I think of what she has seen in the way of change, but did not adapt to or accept. Thanks for your post.. thoroughly enjoyed reading it! And Mariann.. my son-in-law brought a plug in thingy “with magazines on it”! I still don’t know what to do with it!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Brenda. Like it or now we will face continuing rapid change I expect.We will just have to adapt as best we can.

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