Category Archives: Social Media Genealogy

6 Effective Ways to Use Twitter for Genealogy Research

How to Tweet Your Way to Genealogy Research Success

How to Use Twitter for Genealogy Research
Social networking sites have made it easier for everyone to connect with people, organizations and businesses all over the world with just a few simple clicks. Social media can be especially helpful for those who are researching their family history. If you’re looking for a great place to connect with genealogists and family historians online, Twitter is a wonderful social tool to do just that — and more!

Twitter is a free-to-use social networking service that enables you and others to send and read short messages (or tweets). And thanks to Twitter’s great mobile app, you can tweet while on the go.

While a simple 140-character tweet may not look like it could do much to help you, it can actually offer up some big genealogy knowledge if used correctly. Plus, once you get to tweeting regularly, the social network could even help you uncover long lost ancestors to add to your family tree.  

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How to Use Pinterest to Plan a Genealogy Research Trip

Guest Article by Lisa Lisson, Genealogist & Family Historian

Genealogy Pinterest - Using Pinterest to Plan a Genealogy Research Trip

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Pinterest is a popular visual bookmarking and social media site. Did you know that when used creatively, Pinterest can be one of the best tools in a genealogist’s toolbox? Virtual bulletin boards can be created on whatever subject the pinner chooses. Pins can then be pinned to the relevant board on the user’s page.

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10 Fantastic Family History Instagram Accounts Every Family Historian Should Follow

Stunning & Helpful Instagram Feeds to Help You Discover Your Ancestral Past

Genealogy & Family History Instagram Accounts to FollowLooking for a great place to store, organize and share your family stories? There’s an app for that. Instagram, the mobile app used for photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking allows you to capture family memories with your smartphone or tablet and instantly share your family’s story with the world.

The mobile social networking platform is quickly becoming an important tool for genealogists and family historians to utilize in terms of preserving family memories, learning new research tips, collaborating with family members on their family trees and connecting to others who are passionate about discovering their ancestral pasts.

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Quick-Start Guide to Using Instagram for Family History Research

Tips for Using Instagram to Share Your Family Story

Using Instagram to Research Your Family History

Every family has a story. And preserving your family’s history has become even easier thanks to social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr and Instagram. If you’re looking for a great place to store your family photos. Instagram is becoming quite popular among family historians new and experienced due to its ease of use, interactive features and social sharing capabilities.

Instagram is simply a mobile app that is used for photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking. It enables its users to take pictures and videos with their smartphones or tablets and share them on a variety of social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. Not only does it help with preserving family memories, but it makes it easier for you to collaborate with family members while building your family tree.

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Helpful Hints for Finding Your Ancestors Using Nicknames

Guest Article by Lisa Lisson, Genealogist & Family Historian

Does the use of a nickname by your ancestor prevent you from finding him or her in the records? An individual can (and often is) found in genealogical records using either a given name or a nickname. Helpful Hings for Finding Your Ancestors Using Nicknames

Nicknames are not new and have been around for some time. Typically, they can take on a shortened form of a formal or longer name. For example, John is the shortened form of Johnathan. And Eliza is a shortened form of Elizabeth.

These particular examples are easy connections to make.

But what about less common nicknames?

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3 Great Reasons Why Every Genealogist Should Use Flickr

Guest Article by Lisa Lisson, Genealogist & Family Historian

3 Great Reasons Why Every Genealogist Should Use FlickrThe popular photo and video hosting website, Flickr, is a tool that has been added to my “genealogy toolbox.” It has a wealth of possibilities for the genealogist. (Did I mention Flickr is free?!)

For instance, I specialize in North Carolina genealogy. The State Archives of North Carolina has a Flickr account in which they have shared over 6500 photographs pertaining to North Carolina history. Photographs of individuals (both identified and unidentified) from a variety of time periods and areas about the state can be found. Photographs of locations, historic areas and even maps can also be found and all add color to ancestors’ lives.

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