I want to follow up on my last post. I realized that I discussed HOW to create a group but really didn’t go into detail about how to use groups to help you with genealogy. I’d like to give it a shot now by describing how I use Facebook groups myself.
I’ve created four groups on Facebook. One was created in 2010 as a way to “test” a group’s effectiveness with genealogy. Unfortunately, that experiment was cut short when we discovered my grandson had brain cancer and that took over our lives for at least a year or more. It was just recently that I decided to come back and try again. The “test” is ongoing and I will see how it works.
Here are the four groups I created:
These are long group names but they are very descriptive. If anyone is looking for William Henry Gamble who married Sarah Ann Pritchard, they know that this is not the group they are needing.
I thought long and hard about how to do this. These groups are for my great-grandparents, not my grandparents. I figured that if I just chose my grandparents then I would be hooking up with folks that I mostly know, although I probably still wouldn’t know all my Gamble and Stevenson cousins.
By choosing my great-grandparents, I feel it will open doors to be able to make contact with a lot more cousins. By broadening my tree, I am hoping to make that connection with someone, even a fourth-cousin, who might be able to help me in my research.
What do I put on my group news feed? That is still a work in progress. I originally have started with posting a short blurb about the grandfather, then a blurb about the grandmother and that was followed by a blurb about the marriage of the two, if I know it.
Why not put it all in one post? Well, I thought about that one also and my response is that I want to try to put each event in its own post so that if anyone has anything to add, it will be about that specific event. I’d hate to have to sort through comments and sort out the comments about the birth, death or marriage info.
Of course, right now I have no comments to sort through but I love to plan ahead!
I placed a picture with the blurb if I have one. I find that sharing begets sharing. That is what creating these groups is all about.
Will it take off? I don’t really know but I am a patient person. There was a time that my blog got a lot more traffic than it does now. It’s virtually just a placeholder right now. I am confident that if I continue to post worthwhile information that I will eventually be able to bring it to a point where folks will want to visit. If not, all it takes is just that one visitor stopping by and connecting to make it all worth it. That is the same way I feel about the groups. It’s not that much work to post information and hope for connections. If they don’t happen, at least I know I tried. If they do, I’ll be oh so glad I tried.
What do you think would be good content to add to a group to make it more active?