19 June 2015

Facebook (FB) -- Are you taking advantage of its wonderful and FREE genealogical resources?

Back in December, we blogged Facebook can be a genealogical goldmine or a "too much" nightmare -- taming social media.  That hasn’t changed.  There is sooooo much that can be found on Facebook (FB) and it can be so overwhelming.

I have pared down the stories I see in my feed quite a bit.  I periodically “like” new people or entities and then prune my feed as time goes by.  The select FB feeds I mentioned in my previous post are still going strong, though I did feel bad that I didn’t mention Research Buzz back in that list (probably because I also get that in email form and the same is true for Dick Eastman and several others). As mentioned in the previous post, I have opted to get certain “news” via emails direct from a blog because it’s easier to keep track of them to read later and it also allows me to either archive them or file them in a digital folder as a source of future Upfront with NGS blog posts!

As you can imagine, more and more new individuals, groups, organizations, repositories are constantly joining or becoming more visible on FB.  It is always worthwhile doing a search to see if any “new” (or new to you) groups or pages are now available that weren’t before.  A mantra in family history research is to always revisit, revisit, revisit!  The internet and social media are too dynamic to not follow that advice – revisit!

A new group such as Scandinavian Genealogical Research has recently come to my attention and it’s a gem!  This is a newer public group described by “Purpose of this group is to provide a forum for links, tips and tricks that can be helpful or of interest for anyone interested in Scandinavian (mainly Danish and Swedish) Genealogy and research.”  Its coverage is not limited to Danish and Swedish.  In fact several recent posts have been on Norwegian resources.  Finnish research seems to be underrepresented and I know that I’ve not done my part to share some of the online gems for researching in that country. This is an incredibly dynamic FB group with over 1400 members which was created April 10 of this year and so it’s just over two months old.

Sometimes, a group like the Scandinavian one is solely a FB group.  Sometimes though, we learn when visiting a web page for a group or archive or library, etc, of interest that they have a FB page.  FB pages in this situation can be a wonderful way to stay current on the activities of said group or archive or library, etc.  As mentioned before, just because you “like” and “follow” something doesn’t mean you have to do so in perpetuity.  Pay a visit, possibly like and follow, decide the value to you, and then either continue to see such news items in your feed or un-follow or dis-like.  It’s a dynamic and ever-changing platform that might prove invaluable to your ancestral quest!

Any new genealogically-themed FB pages catch your eye lately?

Do you have a handy trick for how you identify new family history oriented FB pages to like & follow?

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