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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.


Course Content

Module 1

Get Connected
Introduction
 
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
Summary
Glossary of Terms
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
 

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 (Terminology)
 
DNA Testing
Summary
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
 

Module 3
Connecting The Dead
 
Cemetery Sites
• BillionGraves
• Find A Grave
• Interment.net
• Names in Stone
 
Photographs
• AncientFaces
• DeadFred
• HistoryPin
• WhatWasThere
 
Funeral Cards and Obituaries
 
Locality-Based Research Sites
• Google Earth
• History Geo.com
 
Timelines
• OurTimeLines
• Preceden
• TimeGlider
• TimeToast
 
Memorial Pages
Summary
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
 

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
 
Summary
 
Suggested Reading and Resources
 

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

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