Tuesday’s Tip – Facebook

For years I have been an ancestry.com internet genealogist.  I love having so many records and public trees right at my fingertips and the cost is worth it to me.  I do enjoy the occasional research road trip and plan to enjoy them even more when my children are older.   I use other websites when I can’t find what I need at ancestry.com.  And rarely I will go to a genealogy library to do some research – once again having young children hampers my efforts in that direction.  But recently I discovered social networking as a way to further my family history research.

I started a Facebook Group for my paternal side of the family and set to work tracking down as many of my living relatives as I could find on Facebook and inviting them to the group.  It was amazing how many relatives I found, many of them I had never communicated with in my entire life.  Many times I have had to explain the familial connection to invitees.  This group has turned out to be an incredible way to communicate and share family history stories as well as keep up with where family is now and what they are doing.  It was the main way that we communicated information concerning the recent family reunion.  It has also been overwhelming to be able to share pictures many of which had never been seen by some family.  Lastly, gives me an outlet to share things that I have learned to a group of people that have some interest in knowing.

We’ve had lively discussions about the farm, Great Aunt Pearl, and many other stories from our collective family history.  All these shared memories have helped to jog my memory and to flesh out the facts from the records I have accumulated.  So I suggest that if you want the help of relatives in your genealogical research you try starting a family Facebook group.  And if you have other ways that Facebook has helped you in your research please share…


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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One Response to Tuesday’s Tip – Facebook

  1. jackie alleman says:

    Thank you again.

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