Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday's Tips - Use Facebook to Find, Join and Contribute to Genealogy Interest Groups

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to use Facebook, the uber social networking site, to find, join and contribute to Genealogy interest groups.

The Family Tree Magazine article on the 101 Best Genealogy Websites for 2014 included Facebook in the "Best Social Media Websites" listing, saying:

"Don't think the king of all social media merits a place on a genealogy website list? Download the 118-page "Genealogy on Facebook" PDF file containing 3,800 links. Everybody from the Association of Professional Genealogists to the WorldCat library database to us here at your favorite genealogy magazine has a Facebook page these days. We're beginning to think that Mark Zuckerberg fella might be onto something." 

The link for the 118-page "Genealogy on Facebook" PDF File caught my eye - and it's FREE to download.  When you click on the link, you go to a page on the www.socialmediagenealogy.com website to download the PDF.  The PDF link is   http://moonswings.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/genealogy-links-on-facebook-april-2014.pdf.

Did I mention that this PDF is free? Katherine R. Willson did a lot of curation to put this together!  Thank you, Katherine!

As you can see, the list is divided into states.  The California list is over three pages long, and highlights repositories, genealogical and historical societies, and research groups.

After the State listings are listings by topics.  Here is the top of the Blogs/Bloggers listing:

There are many pages with Surname groups also:

But there are no groups for my Seaver, Carringer and Vaux surnames.  Maybe I'll start one!

Needless to say, you should be able to find a genealogy interest group to suit your needs.  Check it out!

These Facebook groups and pages are the "new mailing lists" for genealogy contacts and research.  The beauty of them is that many people read them daily, and contributors can interact publicly or privately with their colleagues on Facebook.  Contributors can add media (photos, audio, video) or link to web sites and blog posts with more information.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/07/tuesdays-tips-use-facebook-to-find-join.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


T said...

The dreaded facebook. Won't sign up. My loss. Still won't do it. The whole world does not use facebook.

Rosemary said...

Been there and already do it! There are lots of great people out there to help. I love the Historical Society pages with photos and interesting tidbits of their area.

Katherine R. Willson said...

Thanks, Randy, for mentioning my list! Guess I better get busy and add those additional 400 links that I've been sitting on! :-)

Katherine R. Willson (Ann Arbor, MI)


Katherine has done an excellent job in compiling this list, and Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook (with more than 5,000 global members) is happy to be on the list!

Katherine R. Willson said...

Thanks, Schelly! It's been updated again - now at 124 pages containing 4,300+ links (and another 800 in the queue to still be added - oh, my!).