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  Motivations 2005 Survey Results

Motivations 2005 Survey - May 2005

No of records in this query: 2313
Total records in survey: 2313
Percentage of total: 100.00%

Field Summary for Q1:
1. How old were you when you started genealogy?
Answer Count Percentage
A) 10 or younger (A) 59 2.55%
B) 11-20 (B) 260 11.24%
C) 21-30 (C) 315 13.62%
D) 31-40 (D) 377 16.30%
E) 41-50 (E) 523 22.61%
F) 51-60 (F) 498 21.53%
G) 61-70 (G) 235 10.16%
H) 71-80 (H) 56 2.42%
I) 81 or older (I) 4 0.17%

Field Summary for Q2:
2. How old are you now?
Answer Count Percentage
A) 10 or younger (A) 1 0.04%
B) 11-20 (B) 7 0.30%
C) 21-30 (C) 27 1.17%
D) 31-40 (D) 99 4.28%
E) 41-50 (E) 329 14.22%
F) 51-60 (F) 709 30.65%
G) 61-70 (G) 717 31.00%
H) 71-80 (H) 340 14.70%
I) 81 or older (I) 59 2.55%

Field Summary for Q3:
3. What triggered your interest and involvement in genealogy?
Answer Count Percentage
A) School or scouting project (your own or your child’s, grandchild’s, niece’s, nephew’s, etc.) (A) 143 6.18%
B) Death of a loved one (B) 389 16.82%
C) Special event (e.g., parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, family reunion, etc.) (C) 188 8.13%
D) Request for help by a relative known to you (D) 305 13.19%
E) Contact by a relative previously unknown to you (E) 133 5.75%
F) Unexpected discovery that piqued your curiosity (e.g., old photo album, collection of letters, story about an ancestor, etc.) (F) 930 40.21%
G) Vanity search on Internet (that is, searching your name and discovering something) (G) 108 4.67%
H) Visit to the old country or ancestral hometown (H) 127 5.49%
I) Adoption (casual or formal) in the family (I) 58 2.51%
J) Desire to join a particular society or organization (e.g., DAR) (J) 58 2.51%
K) Religion (K) 102 4.41%
Other 908 39.26%

Field Summary for Q4:
4. What continues to motivate you now?
Answer Count Percentage
A) The thrill of the hunt/the challenge of mystery-solving/curiosity (A) 1840 79.55%
B) Leaving a legacy (for yourself and/or for the benefit of future generations) (B) 1625 70.26%
C) Finding famous/illustrious roots (C) 122 5.27%
D) Honoring/paying tribute to ancestors/the desire to “know” them (D) 1588 68.66%
E) Connecting with relatives, both close and distant (E) 1156 49.98%
F) Self-discovery (F) 629 27.19%
G) Creative outlet for researching, writing, etc (G) 581 25.12%
H) Social outlet (e.g., genealogical societies) (H) 210 9.08%
I) Fit with my other interests (e.g., history, travel, etc.) (I) 746 32.25%
J) Religion (J) 121 5.23%
Other 122 5.27%

Field Summary for Q5:
5. What is the most extreme thing you’ve ever done in the quest for your roots?
Answer Count Percentage
1733 74.92%

Field Summary for Q6:
6. What state(s) do you reside in?
Answer Count Percentage
2241 96.89%