This month we’re happy to be re-posting a very helpful article about online tools, applications, sites and networking tips for your ancestral research! The re-post is courtesy of Janet at thechartchick.blogspot.com, a wonderful resource for helpful tips and know-how in the world of family history and genealogy.
Almost everyone said to have a plan going in. Some people said they had a plan for just one person at a time, some have their trees visually laid out in the background of their computer or on working group sheets right next to them. George and many others said to stick to the plan you create, too. But most of us also agreed that we tend to get sidetracked and fall into the tangential genealogy group from time to time. However my friend Laura mentioned that sometimes when you allow yourself to get sidetracked that can often be when you find your answer unexpectedly. Has that ever happened to any of you? But Thomas also reminded us that sometimes genealogy research online is like Costco and we need to resist the temptation to try all the samples. Which makes me sad because the samples are all so yummy and fun. But I see his point completely. 🙂
Becky mentioned that Facebook itself is a great way to meet up with distant relatives to swap notes. Sue and Grant said the big three (Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage) and a few other online sites are where they start and then move outward from there. Others say that having a variety of social media on hand in order to give your brain a break is a good option too. I am particularly fond of Susan’s suggestion to have a plate of chocolate chip cookies on hand for sustenance. Why didn’t I ever think of that one?
Russ also had a great suggestion over on Google+. His hint was to make sure you understand how the search engine works on each website you are using. I’m going to work on that myself because I’m sure my searches would run better if I new the nuances of the differences between each genealogy site. Thanks Russ!
Did our Facebook discussion miss any high points for you in your online research habits? I’m always looking for some new ideas. What about you? And if you aren’t friends with these people on Facebook, go send them an invite. Check out the actual discussion thread here and get to know these amazing folks. They are fantastic friends and I learn a lot from them all the time. I’m sure they’d love to talk to you too. And don’t forget to friend me on Facebook and Google+ I’d love to talk to you there anytime.