Until that point I had not realized how Facebook had morphed into a place for genealogy connecting and information gathering. There are many posts about recipes, crafts and sharing the usual cute photographs, but slowly family history is taking the lead.
The most enjoyable benefit has been the ability to chat with genealogy friends around the world. From every state in the union to the land down under, each day I am connected to the global community. Gaining different perspectives and understanding various cultures has added another dimension to my research.
How easy to it is to ask someone from England about a particular area your ancestor resided and get an answer in moments! This happened several times in my quest to locate my brick wall ancestor, Henry Wakefield. A fellow researcher gave me several clues that may just take me a step closer to knocking down another brick.
Facebook has broaden my family history horizons. Over the past year I have discovered Canadian Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Anzac Day and more from Facebook friends. Learning first hand about holidays and observances your ancestor may have celebrated is fun and educational.
Keeping up-to-date about webinars, technology and helpful websites has been extremely easy. Just today DearMYRTLE posted the link for "Show Don't Tell: Creating Interactive Family Histories" webinar by Lisa Alzo. Right away I clicked over to register!
DearMyrtle's Facebook group is "closed". This means anyone can see the group listed on Facebook, but to post you must be a member. Usually you need only ask to be included.
Several of my favorite groups are British Isles Genealogy, Who Did You Find Today?, RootsWeb genealogists and Technology for Genealogists.
Of course you will find the big genealogy sites represented. Tons of information can be found on Ancestry, and FamilySearch. A great feature of FamilySearch is specialized pages for various states and countries. The Indiana page is very active.
Also, make sure to check out your local historical and genealogical societies to discover if they have an online presence. Head over and "like" Allen County Genealogical Society, US National Archives and Connecticut Historical Society.
Our local library genealogy discussion group created a group page. We will use Facebook to share meeting notes, upcoming events and member questions.
Need help with genealogy blogging? You guessed it, plenty of help and support on Facebook! Head over to GeneaBloggers, Genealogy Beginner and BloggingGenealogy. Each of these pages offer tips, guidance and opportunities to ask questions.
Yesterday I asked advice on selecting a newspaper database for research. Immediately a genealogy friends shard a suggestion. Seems that Newspaper Archive offers the opportunity to view ten free articles. Just head over and start searching. With this one little tips I have found several new leads.
The best benefit by far has been connecting with fellow researchers. The virtual friendships have been priceless. From support when your wheels seem to spin to praise on blog posts. Each day I look forward to checking in with my group of Facebook buddies.
So give Facebook a whirl, and maybe you too will become a wee bit addicted.