The NEHGS newsletter conducted an unscientific poll last week:
Last week we brought back our popular question feature with a survey on journal readership. Many of you responded, with some interesting results. As expected, almost everyone (98%) receives the Register. In addition, 25% receive NGSQ and 17% get TAG. About 20-25% of TAG and NGSQ readers fully read the journal. 70% of respondents read only select articles from the Register, with 20% doing so for TAG and NGSQ. The percentage of individuals not reading the journal, but only searching it as an electronic database, are as follows: Register, 54%; TAG, 45%; Record 20%.
This is not surprising news based on my own unscientific work of last fall on scholarly articles penetrating the web. Of those that responded it seems only l7% get TAG. And that's just the membership of NEHGS who responded. So, counting the rest of the so-called genealogists out there, probably only 1-2% know of this excellent source. So, it's no surprise that people are not finding the best and most current information on their own ancestry.