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Social Media Tools for the Wise Genealogist
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Genealogy has come a long way from the days when networking meant writing a letter and waiting for a reply. With the advent of social networking and social media tools you can network with researchers worldwide, find distant relations, curate content, and share your research. This course will provide you with just some of the tools to help you take advantage of Web 2.0.

Most people automatically associate social networks with websites like Facebook, Twitter, and even The National Institute’s own GenealogyWise. We will explore these websites and others that help you share your family tree, family stories, and even your personal library. The course demonstrates that the concept of social media is all about sharing, education, mobility and yes, networking. Each module concludes with recommended resources that provide the student with additional learning tools to get the most out of their social media experience.


Module 1
Introduction to Social Media

Introductions to Social Networking
  • Keeping Up With Social Media
  • Privacy Concerns
  • Additional Things to Consider

  • Privacy and Account Settings
  • “Friends”
  • Using Facebook
  • Uploading Photos
  • Genealogy Pages

    Recommended Resources
    Additional Reading

    Module 2
    Genealogical Education: Social Media Style
    Introduction to Education on Social Media

  • Chat Rooms, Instant Messages, & Library Chat Features

    Virtual Meetings

    Digitized Books
  • Finding Digitized Books Online

    Second Life
  • Creating a New Account at Second Life

    Recommended Resources

    Module 3
    Blogging and Microblogging

    Why Blog?
  • Setting Up a Blog
  • Maintaining a Blog
  • Finding Blogs

    Why Microblog?

    Using Twitter
  • Getting the Word Out
  • Who Should You Follow
  • Twitter Tools

    Recommended Resources

    Module 4
    Collaborative Editing and Document Sharing

    What is Collaborative Editing and Document Sharing?
  • Utilizing Collaborative Editing for Your Genealogy

    Using Google Drive
    Google Docs
    Places to Share

    Module 5
    Videos and Images
    Using Images in Your Genealogy
    Finding Images
    Posting Your Images - Flickr, Photo Bucket, etc.

    Curating Images on Pinterest
  • Getting Started
  • Ideas
  • Pin in Secret
  • Share Your Family History Research
  • Learn More About Pinterest

    Genealogy Videos - GenealogyWise, Google Videos
  • Uploading
  • Deleting

  • Uploading to YouTube
  • Playlists

    Searching the Internet for a Video
    Recommended Resources

    Module 6
    Sharing Books
    Why Should You Share Your Library?
    Recommended Resources

    Module 7
    Your Family History on the Internet
    Why Share Your Family History
    Tree Projects
  • My Heritage
  • Geni
  • WikiTree
  • FamilySearch

    Social Network Websites for Genealogists
  • GenealogyWise
  • Becoming a Member
  • Content Posted on GenealogyWise
  • Unacceptable Content on GenealogyWise
  • My Page
  • Settings
  • Adding Photos - Uploading
  • Groups
  • Joining a Group
  • Creating a Group
  • Videos
  • Chats
  • Chat Room
  • Problems/Suggestions - Internet Browser

    Message Boards

  • Google Sites

    What Will You Use?

    Module 8
    Cloud Computing
    What is Cloud Computing and Why Should You Use It?
    Benefits of Cloud Computing

    Cloud Computing Websites

  • Communications

    Online Storage and Backup

    Computing From and Away From Home
  • Photos
  • Bookmarks and Tools

    Mobile Apps
    Recommended Resources


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