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Facebook groups for genealogy

Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 2:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
There are a large number of Facebook-based groups on the topic of genealogy. Among these are:

Irish Genealogy (over 3000 members)
British Isles Genealogy (over 3000 members)
RootsWeb genealogists (over 1800 members)
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness (over 1000 members)
Tracing the Tribe - Jewish Genealogy on Facebook (over 400 members)
Technology for Genealogy (over 400 members)

And those are just some of the more popular ones.

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 2:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't think the amount of facebook pages is in question, what is of interest is how people use them

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 3:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
There are many uses. I've seen surname groups, locality groups, (I have two locality pages for my GenWeb sites in Ohio) and there a topic groups. They tend not to be as restrictive as the boards/lists are on ancestry/rootsweb but like everything else some are good and some not so good.

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 3:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
People use them in the same way that they use message boards in other places.

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 3:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Very true. But I find the facebook groups to be less restrictive than the boards/lists. I belong to the Rootsweb genealogist group and the discussion is not restricted to just rootsweb but to anything genealogy related. I've never had my hand slapped for going "off topic."

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Jul 2012 4:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Probably because you didn't go off topic.

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 5:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
The unfortunate part of people using Facebook for queries is that they are lost after the moment. There's no ability to search.

I am in a few "genealogical" Facebook groups -- co admin some. However, I find I am always pointing them to the archived geni sites that they can search and post for others to find later.

I find that Facebook is best for connecting today's cousins... via searching the friends of relatives. Or searching to see if someone has an account. Far more productive than posting my particular query in a randomly related (area?) group. Seems that more often than not it is newbies beginning some of the groups and newbies posting to them.

I am not really seeing value in posting queries at Facebook.

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 5:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Actually, you *can* search for text from postings in Facebook groups.

Go to the group, and click on the magnifying glass on the far right (just past the Notifications and Settings icon).

Then enter the text for searching.

Voila!

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 31 Aug 2012 8:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
Is there a way to upload your family tree from Ancestry to Facebook?

Re: Facebook groups for genealogy

Posted: 29 Oct 2012 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have a group for Co.Armagh Ireland genealogy. http://www.facebook.com/groups/393637757367672/ There is also a group for Northern Ireland. http://www.facebook.com/groups/25050669192/
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