Hello everyone! I want to post today about a few ways you can use Facebook to help you with your genealogy research. I know that may sound strange to some but you can do this!
I think the best way to start this off is to highlight what I have done to use Facebook to help me in my research. Please understand that I sometimes have some off-the-wall ideas so they may not work for you. This is just a little something to get your noggin to thinking!
The first and probably the most obvious way to use Facebook to help with genealogy is to find and add as many family members as you can. How does this help? Well, I may be wrong in saying this but it seems that folks are more prone to share on their Facebook wall than they are with just someone who they know is a genealogy hound. I remember years ago, when I first got started, that I would ask folks to send me family pictures so that I could start a collection to put with my research. I’m not talking about old pictures, I’m talking about recent family pictures. I never got much response. Today, I check in to Facebook and I have cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and so many more who are posting pictures of their kids, the family and sometimes even an old picture they discovered in their collection. Needless to say, my picture collection has grown!
You can also keep up with births, marriages and deaths through Facebook. I can’t count the number of times that I have seen that someone got married on Facebook and I never had a clue that they were even engaged.
So, it pays to add as many family members as possible!
The next way I use Facebook is by adding some of my genealogy blogging buddies. I can keep up with their blog posts, I can see what is happening in the genealogy world and I can get lots of great ideas just by checking in to see what is happening!
Another way I use Facebook is to use the Network Blogs app to publish my blog posts to my wall. I don’t always get comments on my blog site but I have had some pretty good conversations on Facebook after a post hit my timeline!
Other ways I use Facebook:
- Creating groups for each major surname and inviting my relatives to join in. None has ever taken off just yet but I’m hoping that someday they will.
- Adding genealogy pages to check out.
- Joining other genealogy groups.
- Having a constant way of getting in touch with relatives! Lots of folks don’t check their “real” email but will always check their Facebook mail!
Now, how do I control all of this? Well, that will be the subject of my next post!