Famicity Closing

It’s a sad day. The content of our family’s Famicity network was delivered to my inbox this morning. Famicity is shutting down. It has been a delightful family network for our family – a network designed to support all members of the family – young and old.

Famicity page

We used Famicity to share special events like birthdays, anniversaries and graduations with family members all across the country. It was also a digital scrapbook where we could share family stories, photos and other ephemera related to ancestors so younger members could discover more about their family history.

Famicity posts

We will miss Famicity. Yes, there are other social networks but none of them have protected our privacy like Famicity did. I would love to see someone take on Famicity in a way that families can afford and the platform can support itself. These features along with privacy protection are worth paying for.

Journaling Your Research Notes

Have you ever considered using a journaling app for your research notes? DayOne offers a number of features that make it easy to capture, organize and find the notes you add to your DayOne journals.

Each note created with DayOne automatically includes the date, place and time it was created. You can also include hashtags – keywords describing the content of each note – by including a hash mark (#) immediately ahead of each keyword. For example – DayOne will automatically identify the #Barrett hashtag as a tag for that note. Then, when you want to find all the notes related to that hashtag, go to the Search box and enter the tag in the Search box. Yes, it’s that easy.

Another useful feature is the sharesheet. Tap the share icon at the top right side of the note you are writing. Use it to email this entry to someone, post it to social media or you blog. I’ve tried it with both WordPress and Tumblr and it works beautifully!

Genealogy Collection At Internet Archive

The Internet Archive’s genealogy collection supports an ever-expanding collection of genealogy resources. Items in this collection includes:

Resources include books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, census records, passenger lists of vessels, and other historical and biographical documents.

FamilySearch Research Wiki

Online Genealogy Records by Location

The Research Wiki at FamilySearch is an amazing resource to help your research efforts. This post spotlights the section containing links to online records for states, provinces and countries.

United States Records
This guide includes birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history and military records. Also included are articles to help you develop research strategies, find various record types and other articles and websites that can help your research effort.

State Genealogy Records
Also included in the U.S. section are articles on record types, historical background and ethnicity.