Computers make everything better. Today I learned about the role of computers in genealogy and family history research. Computers make it easier for an ordinary user to take up genealogy as a hobby. There are teams that study the research strategies of professional genealogists in order to better automate the search process for amateurs. Other teams focus on processing and digitizing existing records. The omnipresent nature of computers adds a huge potential for unnecessary complication if used for evil. But when used for good, computers make the user interface easier, they make programs flow smoother, and they give immense computing power to solve tedious tasks.