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Connecting Family: Online and Virtually
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Computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way families communicate. This course will highlight a few specific ways to use your computer and the Internet to build and strengthen family ties. Topics will include using multimedia techniques to preserve and share family photographs, build an online family tree, creating virtual family history tours/videos, creating online family newsletters, digitizing scrapbooks, publishing an online family history and creating and maintaining family websites, using communication tools such as Skype, and using social media (blogs, Facebook, and Twitter) to find long lost cousins, and stay in touch with relatives.


Module 1

Get Connected

Essential Hardware, Software and Peripherals
  • Other Peripherals and Software
  • Web Browsers

    The “Cloud”
  • Advantages and Disadvantages to “Cloud Computing”

    Online Storage and Backup
    Backups and Other Precautions
    Internet Safety
    Privacy and Copyright
    Glossary of Terms

    Suggested Reading and Resources
  • Websites
  • Books
  • Articles
  • Slideshows

    Module 2
    Connecting The Living
    Leaving Virtual Bread Crumbs

    Social Media
  • Blogs
  • Facebook
  • GenealogyWise
  • Twitter
  • Twitter Terminology
  • Pinterest
  • Google+
  • Google Alerts

    Other Ways to Locate the Living
  • Skype
  • Second Life
  • Second Life Lingo

    DNA Testing

    Suggested Reading and Resources
  • Websites
  • Articles

    Module 3
    Connecting The Dead

    Cemetery Sites
  • BillionGraves
  • Find A Grave
  • Names in Stone

  • AncientFaces
  • DeadFred
  • HistoryPin
  • WhatWasThere

    Funeral Cards and Obituaries

    Locality-Based Research Sites
  • Ancestral Atlas
  • Google Earth
  • History

  • OurTimeLines
  • Preceden
  • TimeGlider
  • TimeToast

    Memorial Pages

    Suggested Reading and Resources
  • Websites
  • Books
  • Articles

    Module 4
    Creative Ways To Share Your Memories

    Sharing Memories
  • Family History Presentations, Slideshows, and Videos
  • Interactive Family History Tour
  • Online Scrapbooks and Document Preservation

    Electronic Publishing
  • Family Newsletters
  • Family History eBooks: Self-Publishing Options
  • Family Website

    Keeping Track of Your Online Activities
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Note Taking


    Suggested Reading and Resources
  • Websites
  • Books
  • Articles

    Module 5
    Putting It All Together - Exercises
  • Exercise 1: Google Alerts
  • Exercise 2: Fold 3 Memorial Pages



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