Quick Reference “QR” Codes – A great way to share more information in tiny spaces

Quick Reference (QR) codes, those little squares with digital-looking maze-like patterns in them, are popping up in more and more places these days. Now genealogists are finding they can use them to share a lot of information in very small spaces.

Just scan the code with your smartphone and you are taken to a site with more information. If, for instance, the QR code is on a headstone, you may be presented with stories and images of that person’s life. If the QR code is on a business card, you may instantly be taken to a website.

GeneaBloggers‘ Thomas MacEntee recently gave a talk called Genealogical Uses for QR Codes at RootsTech in Salt Lake City. An article on deseretnews.com says:

“Some of the genealogical uses MacEntee identified for QR Codes are linking to family trees, providing citation information at the bottom of a document and for referring people to particular pages in research databases.”

For more on Thomas’ presentation: QR Codes can ‘expand the experience’ of genealogists

For more about QR codes and a good image, read Wikipedia’s article.

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5 Responses to Quick Reference “QR” Codes – A great way to share more information in tiny spaces

  1. Laura says:

    Thank you for this! I keep seeing those things all over the place and could not imagine what purpose they would have. I can now understand how very valuable they could be.
    Laura

  2. Dawn Kirkpatrick says:

    Thanks for this, Laura. That’s gotta be one of the speediest comments yet, being that I just posted the article! Glad it was helpful to you. :)

  3. Robb Beggs says:

    I love QR codes. Heck, I even had one for my Facebook profile pic for a while. Unfortunately there’s a problem with them. Normally when you click on a link, you can see where it will take you before you click. Not so with QR Codes. It’s a blind jump, trusting whomever created the code. Maybe it takes you where it says it will. Maybe it takes you to a malicious website.

    Once someone come up with a tool to validate QR codes, I think that they’re going to be brilliant. Until then, be aware of the risks

  4. Thanks for the shout out. RootsTech did record my session about QR Codes and I will let you know when that recording is available.

    Cheers

  5. Dawn Kirkpatrick says:

    Robb, that’s a very good point. Thanks for your input. Thomas, looking forward to hearing the recording!

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