Poll Results: Research Hours

Poll Results: Research Hours

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It’s not often that we receive over 2,000 responses to a single poll on the MyHeritage blog, but it seems that this week’s poll has generated wide interest throughout our community.

Here are the results:

As for the results: On first glance there isn’t a runaway favourite across the whole survey which – given the diversity of occupations across the genealogy community (including professional genealogists) – isn’t particularly surprising.

More interesting, perhaps, is that the two most popular responses were: “Whenever the mood takes me” and “One to five hours per week.” Individuals in both of these categories made up 60% of respondents. It seems that an unregimented research schedule is popular.

Some 13% of respondents were either professional or full-time genealogists, and 10% spent less than one hour per week researching.

We all have our own research routines; however, it’s also important to factor in time with our immediate families, regardless of how engaged we are with our research.

Personally, I’d like to be in the 10% researching for less than one hour per week, but until my research efficiency improves dramatically, that’s not going to happen!

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  • Scott Phillips


    September 23, 2011

    Very fun to see these stats. Thanks for doing this and asking the question!