I’m up for another round of 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog. How about you?
I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I’d come across a fabulous genealogy blog – Tonia’s Roots. Lots of great info! She has an ongoing weekly exercise – 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog that I am loving. Learning lots too!
I’m skipping around a bit and landed on Week 9 and our lesson for that week is Participating in Online Genealogy Groups. These could be forums, mailing lists, message boards, Facebook groups, etc.
Suggestions include Finding Online Groups to participate in. Well okay.
There are plenty of groups around to participate in. Some categories include:
*Groups related to being or becoming a professional genealogist. I’m interested but I think I need to get my feet under me first, but I’ll check it out and see what I come up with.
* Surname or locality groups. You know what, I know I should belong to my local genealogy group. I just haven’t gotten around to it! Duh! I just checked their website. I WILL join the first of the year!
*Genealogy software groups. Not even sure what this is!
More suggestions from Tonia are, to take a look at Ancestry’s message boards, Genforum’s forums, RootsWeb mailing lists, and GenealogyWise groups. Also search Facebook for “genealogy groups.” And don’t forget about Google – a search for “Genealogy Forums” will turn up other possibilities.
Well let me tell you I did check Genforum’s forums, subscribed and listed my g-g-grandfather all over the place, from surname to county to state. Woo-hoo! Something very new for me and hopefully (with fingers crossed) will eventually be profitable. My plan is to list an inquiry there once a week.
In fact I checked my county. I’d like to help someone else in their research if I could. Didn’t find an inquiry I could assist with but will check back weekly.
Not listed are personal Twitter and Facebook accounts. I have a Twitter, @GenealogyCircle, and Facebook, (Genealogy Circle) page. I monitor and participate in both, but not near enough, I’m sure! I will search Facebook for genealogy groups to join.
Another Action Item is to Spend 10-15 minutes participating in all the groups mentioned above. Don’t just lurk. Get in there and join the conversation! Oh wow! I will! I’m just afraid I don’t have anything worthwhile to say!
But you know what? I’m going to jump in and post!!! Do you have any other suggestions for me? I’m all ears and ready to learn! If you do give me a shout in the comments! Thanks!!!!