Monday, November 29, 2010

Applying the FAN Club Principle - Bernie Gracy Videos

The FAN Club principle in genealogy means to consider how your ancestral families interacted with Friends, Associates and Neighbors in family, social and economic relationships. 

Professor Dru Pair (on the Find Your Folks blog) posted Breaking Down Brick Walls with Location Based Genealogy today with three embedded videos created by Bernie Gracy and placed on YouTube.  The three videos are about 40 minutes total, and summarize Bernie's presentation given at several recent Family History Expos. 

If you are interested in how location-based genealogy works, then I encourage you to take the time to watch these videos.  Please do it from Dru's site since she took the time to find them and post them.

Bernie Gracy has other videos on the Internet, including two segments from his interview with Lisa Louise Cooke on the Genealogy Gems TV Channel - see for Part 1 and for Part 2.  The most recent video is called Location Based Data Quality - see YouTube.  There is also a video of Bernie from the Loveland Family History Expo at

Bernie Gracy has the Ancestral Hunt subscription website (in beta) and at least two blogs - for which there is, apparently, no RSS feed (which shows up in my Google Reader but not when I click the URL)

I really appreciate original thinking and practical application of technology tools to genealogical research methodology, and I think that Bernie's video and article archives in his Education Center contribute to the FAN Club principle.

Thank you to Professor Dru for the pointer.  I enjoyed the last hour of watching Bernie's videos and reading his material.  This was really "genealogy fun" and educational too!


Kristin said...

just went and looked. poor guy took three years to find the neighbor! interesting presentation.

Professor Dru said...

Thanks Randy for posting this on your blog.