"Family history now figures on the agendas of Government departments in a way that was scarcely imaginable then. All ***** record-holding institutions—local and national archives, libraries and private institutions—have now recognised that genealogists are one of their largest constituencies, and they are providing dedicated research rooms, personalised consultations, expanded finding aids and, above all, digitised records."Nobody would write those words in praise of Library and Archives Canada.
They are written about Ireland, ***** stands for Irish, and "then" refer to twenty years ago and the first edition of John Grenham's book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, the fourth edition of which has just been published.
Those words are from an item Twenty-year stocktaking on Grenham's blog for the Irish Times. The article ends:
Even in the last four years, profound changes have taken place in the link between Irish research and the internet. Before then, any online transcripts of records were piecemeal and amateur—very welcome, but afterthoughts to the main business of hands-on research in Irish repositories. Now the internet is at the heart of any Irish family history.It's time Library and Archives Canada looked again at it's approach to genealogy and how it serves this largest and important sector of it's clientele.