As we say goodbye to 2012, we as family historians can celebrate a good year. Millions of researchers explored billions of newly available records and images; thousands of good family books were written, published, and made available to other folks. Many more librarians recognized how many of their patrons were genealogists and personal historians; hundred of genealogy conferences were well attended and well presented.
I sometimes wonder how we did much at all 25 or so years ago; musty old books and dusty old records stuffed in obscure cubbyholes in neglected corners of courthouses and archives. No scanners or digital cameras, no photocopiers (remember mimeographs?), no instant Internet; phew, talk about the pioneer era!
Lots more great stuff is on the horizon. It's a good time to be involved in genealogy. Let's keep pushing for improvements from one and all, including ourselves. It's almost 2013--charge!!