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Släktforskning på nätet: Onlinetjänsters påverkan på släktforskares informationsbeteende
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Genealogy on the Internet : The Influence of Online Services on Genealogists' Information Behaviour (English)
Abstract [en]

With the technological development of the last decades, an increasing number of genealogists are carrying out their research online. The purpose of this master’s thesis is to examine how and why genealogists' information behavior has been influenced by the use of online services for genealogy. Using a conceptual model of genealogists' information behavior as theoretical basis for the study, I examine how the use of online services affect genealogists’ search process, what information they are looking for and what information resources they use. Data is collected by seven qualitative interviews with experienced genealogists.The interviews indicate that online services have not completely taken over the genealogists’ search for information. Genealogists still went to physical repositories for a number of reasons. However, all participants in the study agreed that their visits to physical repositories and their use of physical records had declined since they began to use online services. The search for information was perceived to have become easier and more convenient with online services, although participants also acknowledged the risks of misleading information. Online services for genealogy also seem to have an influence on the contact between genealogists, especially on international contacts. This, together with the increasing research on foreign material, indicates that genealogy has been internationalized as a result of the use of online services. To the extent that the use of online services affects genealogists' information behavior, it seems in large part to be a result of online services removing geographical barriers that previously influenced genealogists’ information behavior. This is a two years master’s thesis in Archival Science.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 84 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087 ; 127
Keyword [en]
Genealogy, Information behaviour, Online information services, Archives
Keyword [sv]
Släktforskning, informationsbeteende, datorbaserad informationssökning, arkivvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-225782Local ID: 127OAI: diva2:722270
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Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Available from: 2014-06-09 Created: 2014-06-06 Last updated: 2014-06-09Bibliographically approved

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