Sunday, November 28, 2010

OK So I Started A Blog (And Joined Facebook)


For some unknown reason I started a blog in late 2008.  I used Google’s Blogger although there are many other choices.  I began to post articles and added posts every few weeks through the spring of 2009 when this creation of the blog really paid off.  But more about that later.

I posted family stories, newspaper articles, summaries of family trees, etc.

I hadn’t done a blog before so I was learning as I was posting.

I also purchased a domain name “marksology” which points to the blog.  This personalized things just a little bit more.

When Blogger added fixed pages, I added family tree summaries, some maps, and a timeline for the Braunhart family.  I researched several free web-based timelines and opted for xtimeline, which was not only easy to populate but also could be embedded in the blog quite easily.


TIP – START A BLOG

So what is the goal of family history research besides writing a bunch of facts down about ancestors and discovering family stories?  “IT IS TO CONNECT WITH RELATIVES YOU DON’T KNOW”, as well as those you do know.  The best thing that I did to find those unknowns and to connect people who I didn’t know how they were connected, was to start a blog.  There are many platforms to choose from.  Find one that you are comfortable with.



A few months after I started the blog, I joined Facebook – just for fun.  There is a lot of stuff about my Facebook friends that I don’t need to know – but Facebook provides another way for people to find you – and those people may be unknown relatives!


TIP – JOIN FACEBOOK

So what is the goal of family history research besides writing a bunch of facts down about ancestors and discovering family stories?  “IT IS TO CONNECT WITH RELATIVES YOU DON’T KNOW”, as well as those you do know.  Using Facebook provides a mechanism for people to connect with you and it works!!!



In a later post I will prove that a blog and Facebook works to connect with new people.

2 comments:

  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    May you keep sharing your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    http://drbilltellsancestorstories.blogspot.com/
    Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
    and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"
    http://www.examiner.com/x-53135-Springfield-Genealogy-Examiner
    http://www.examiner.com/x-58285-Ozarks-Cultural-Heritage-Examiner

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  2. Regarding: 'There is a lot of stuff about my Facebook friends that I don’t need to know' - yes! Like all those little farmville, tikiville, fishville, mafiaville... updates. I learned how to turn those off, and it is much better now.
    :-)

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