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Social Media and the Genealogist

 

Social media isn’t just for keeping up with you friends anymore; there are more and more groups on Facebook that are specifically for genealogy.  Many families have started surname research groups to keep up with cousins and share information. I personally have found several groups helpful including: the Genealogy Do-Over (a group for those who want to go back into their past research and start over, making sure everything is thoroughly analyzed, evaluated and cited); The Organized Genealogist (organizing everything from files to offices);  Gendocs Templates (forms for research freely shared); Technology for Genealogy(discussions cover all types of technology related to genealogy); Genealogy – Cite Your Sources(for those who want help in properly citing sources);  and Find a Grave Genealogy (for those who use and participate on the find a grave website).  These are just a few of the many Facebook Groups that are specifically for genealogists.  The groups are topic specific and you can ask questions and get help from other researchers.  Elizabeth Shown Mills, author of Evidence Explained, often answers questions on the Genealogy – Cite Your Sources group page.  I find that the groups provide fresh incentive and ideas to my research.  For those of you who have a Facebook profile, you might want to check into some of the genealogy groups available and for those of you who thought Facebook wasn’t for you, you might give it a try and see if you don’t find some useful gems on there.