Hashtags, Tweets, and Blogs: the New Language of Family History

Think of how family history technology has advanced so dramatically in the last few decades. In the comfort of our own homes we can now research our ancestors’ names, expand our family trees, search through archives of photos, explore countless genealogical websites, do indexing, download digital images, upload stories of our ancestors, and share instantly what we find with family members who live thousands of miles away, to name just a few. We can even “tweet” about it to our friends, blog about it, or post our finds on Facebook and Instagram. With so much technology at our fingertips, shouldn’t we be taking advantage of it?

You’ll find a lot more great ideas to generate interest when you read the rest of this article at Hashtags, Tweets, and Blogs: the New Language of Family History

Diary of a Southern Lady

If you think those Ancestry Family Trees are useless, think again. There is gold to be found there. You just have to look for it!

Over Easter weekend, one of those tidbits turned into quite a whopper! Following a hint to another Barrett family tree brought me face to face with a portrait of my second great-grandmother, Frances Georgina Scott.

That wasn’t all. Making a connection with that tree’s owner led her to another ancestor’s diary – now published – which is a treasury of family information.

It used to be we communicated in person or via written correspondence. Then telegrams joined the mix followed by telephones … nowadays, in addition to cell phones and face-to-face communication, we use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and numerous other social media platforms. It’s rare that hand-written pieces of correspondence are created anymore.

UpFront with NGS has a very interesting article about the need to archive social network communications – the 21st century alternatives to letters, journals and photo albums.

While their focus on what societies can do to capture this information, individuals already have the ability to capture and archive their social interactions with mobile apps like Momento. Right now Momento is only available for iPhone but an iPad app is promised soon as are links to additional social platforms.

Photo courtesy of Jason Howie via Flickr.

Blog Comments . . . the New Social Network?

Before there was Facebook, Twitter or Google+ there were blogs with comment boxes attached to each post. These comments were what turned genealogy bloggers into Geneabloggers. We went from being individual bloggers into a blogging community thanks to the comments section. Although comments are still there and do see some activity, social networking sites are now the place to go for conversation.…

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