The Occupy Genealogy movement is in essence a paradigm: it is positioned on a balance beam between change and tradition in the field of genealogy and family history. Change is needed on many levels yet tradition can still be respected. Opportunities for learning and growth abound on both sides of the journey.
When using "we" or "genealogists" we mean beginners, casual hobbyists, family historians, and professional genealogists. Our table is long and wide with lots of room.
We seek a voice in how current and new resources are accessed and developed by both the non-profit sector (government, genealogical societies, archives and libraries) as well as the for-profit sector (vendors such as Ancestry.com).
We want to ensure that all researchers - regardless of their interest in genealogy - have access to vital records on the local, state and national level. Not just in the United States, but in any country. We seek a measured approach towards access while at the same time protecting the privacy of living persons andensuring that records are not used for illicit purposes such as identity theft and other forms of fraud. We seek to mobilize our voices to contact decision makers using social media, form letters and e-mails and other effective forms of communication.
We recognize the advent of certain technologies which will change forever the way we "do" genealogy. We want involvement in these changes and a chance to advocate and educate genealogists about these technologies. We don't want to have technology served up in a "take or leave it fashion."
We seek honesty and transparency. This is what we do as genealogists, right? We seek the unvarnished truth about our ancestors. So be up front with us. Don’t try to put one over on us and when in doubt, ask us what we think.