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QR Codes and Genealogy – The Wave of the Future?

March 10, 2010 by  
Filed under genealogy

Have you heard of QR codes for genealogy?

Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers* recently wrote a two part article that discusses QR codes and how they could be used for genealogy.

  • Part 1 explains what QR codes are.
  • Part 2 explains their use for genealogy including Historic Sites, Records, Libraries, Tombstones and Conferences. 

QR codes are similar to bar codes that can be read by one’s cell phone.  They are catching on all over the world and are even being used in Japan on tombstones. 

In Japan, QR codes allow you to capture the information about the deceased onto your cell phone by scanning.  They are also used on monuments and in libraries and museums to pass information to the visitor. 

I first encountered QR codes at a recent conference.  A vendor scanned my name tag for a free draw.  It was quick and easy and took only a few seconds.

I even made my first QR code of this website’s url.

*Thomas MacEntee will be speaking at an Alberta Family Histories Society special event in October.



Japan QR Codes on Tombstones


2 Responses to “QR Codes and Genealogy – The Wave of the Future?”
  1. D L SARGENT says:

    This all sounds so amazing, mindboggaling to say ~ Which type of phone will allow this…the artical had the iPhone and /or Smart Phone…any others.
    .-= D L SARGENT´s last blog ..WHAT IS HOLDING YOU BACK? =-.

  2. Hi,
    I imagine any smart phone that can download a QR Code reader. I found several QR Code readers at iTunes, the iPhone store. I’m not sure about other types of smart phones.


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