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Re: Social Networking Sites--Anyone use them?

Hi Angela and all,

There are a ton of family historians and genealogists on Facebook, Twitter, and even LinkedIn. From all cultures and countries.

I think the key is to make acquaintances with different folks. In turn, they will introduce or refer you to others of like spirit. I've made some new friends along the way. As I give, I also receive.

On Twitter, if you preface your post with "#genealogy" (without the quotes) all those interested in genealogy will see it and perhaps respond and/or follow you.

A similar thing happens on Facebook. During the last half of 2008, genealogists showed up in droves on Facebook. It's all about making connections around the keyword of genealogy.

On LinkedIn there are at least two notable genealogy groups:
'Genealogical & Historical Research' and 'Genealogy Linked' that are drawing folks. remains the best for African ancestored research. However, by utilising the various social networking sites you may run into people there who also can help you with those brick walls.

One example; on Facebook I was re-acquainted with a person I lost track of during high school. Turns out I worked for their father at a TV station (he was the chief engineer). Now, we are reconstructing our elementary school classmate roster. I could go on...

Social networking sites aren't just for finding dates and such. Special interest groups are using these site to connect with like-minded folks.

As the famous Les Brown says: "It works if you work it!"

"Guided by the Ancestors"

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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