Ruth's Genealogy

“And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Which social media tool do you appreciate the most? Has it increased your circle of friends? How has it benefited your family tree?

Social media, hummm, let’s see…

I have been on Facebook for several years and have 274 friends as of this writing, the vast majority being other genealogists.

So how has Facebook benefited my genealogical research?

In a word(s): Fellowship. Support. Encouragement. Understanding.

While I have rarely gained specific genealogy data, such as images, documents and sources, through my presence on Facebook, what I have gained through an online association with like-minded souls has greatly benefited this passion of mine.

I personally know of no one (outside of Facebook) who actively studies their family history.

But with Facebook, I am able to keep up with the latest “trends” in genealogy: research techniques, new sources (both online and real world), technology, conferences, education, etc.

But I can also see how other individual genealogist are doing in their work. One person’s post might discuss a brick wall she is trying to topple, while another shares the joy of a Happy Dance!

But it’s also interesting to read about what goes on in a genealogist’s “non-genealogy” life: births, graduations, weddings, anniversaries and other happenings.

We’re not all just computer screens and pedigree charts, you know… :)


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.


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