--September 14, 2011.
To whom it may concern,
We are two professors – Leighann Neilson and Del Muise -- from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario who are conducting research on family history. We are not affiliated with any of the commercial genealogy databases or software providers. We are researchers and family historians ourselves, who want to learn more about the surge of interest in family history. In order for our research to accurately capture what's happening in family history in Canada today, we need the participation of as many family historians as possible.
The survey is available online at: www.cusurveycentre.ca/gensurvey and takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. If you’re interested in learning about the results of the survey, we’ll be posting updates on our blog Genealogy in Canada http://genealogyincanada.blogspot.com.
We anticipate sharing the results of our research with museums, archives, and genealogy societies, all of who are trying to meet the needs of family history researchers. Individual family historians will be able to learn more about how others are conducting their research by reading and commenting on the survey results as we report them on our blog.
The Canadian Genealogy Survey is being hosted by the Carleton University Survey Centre. Your data will remain in Canada, on a secure server, so it’s safe to participate.
This research has been approved by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board.