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8 Ways to Get Involved in the Online Genealogy Community

In recent years the online genealogy community has grown tremendously. For a newcomer it may be an overwhelming task to know how to get involved in this community and stay on top of the news of the day. I know for myself the many avenues to engaging in this community has grown, and staying aware of the latest news of the day has expanded 10 fold since I initially started blogging.

I also know that as a previous newcomer, some  may feel like your on the outside looking in, watching a group that is highly engaged, wishing you too could become a part of the conversation. But how? How do you open the door into a well-established online group?

I can assure you the genealogy blogging community is a very welcoming collection of individuals. However, in order to welcome you, we need to know you are there!

If your new to the community and looking for a few more opportunities to be engaged in the online  community then here is a list of some the ways I would recommend you can get involved. One of the nice things about this list,  there is plenty to choose from, do them all or only a few. Whatever works for you. 

1. Geneabloggers –  you must visit Geneabloggers. Thomas MacEntee has managed to corral most of the genealogy bloggers in one large roll call. He has catalogued more then 2000 genealogy bloggers on his website.  If you have a new blog, submit it to Thomas he will gladly include you in his blog roll, this way the rest of us can find you and engage you in conversation. Check out his list of daily blogging prompts, a great way to see who is blogging on any given day and become part of the conversation. Also take a look at the events calendar where you can fine memes and blog carnivals to participate in.

2. Comment on blogs – once you start following a few blogs you like, please comment. Again we can’t welcome you into the fold, if we don’t know you're there. Don’t worry about what to say, introduce yourself, leave a link to your own blog if you have one, offer up your comments. Really anything will do, consider it like a handshake. We will shake back.

3. Geneabloggers Radio show – also brought to you by the infamous Thomas MacEntee. The Geneablogger's Radio show happens every Friday night at Blog Talk Radio. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage in the genealogy community. Family historians, bloggers, certified genealogists, we all come together on Friday nights for an exchange of ideas. Thomas sets the theme, brings in top-notch guests and the rest of us banter away in the chat room. It can be a lot of fun. Check it out.

4. Social Media - escapes no man, and certainly not a genealogist. We are out there in full force on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ . Sign up for one or all three. Like a genealogist's Facebook page, and join in the conversation of the day. Follow your favourite bloggers in 140 characters or less on Twitter (yes it can be done)  or create a genealogy circle in Google+.  They are all great opportunities to stay in the loop on the latest news and greatest finds and to voice your opinion and comments and engage in conversation.You can find a helpful list of hashtags for the genealogy community in The Top Ten Twitter Hashtags for Genealogists.

5. Genealogywise - self-proclaimed as the genealogy social network. This online forum, is a place where you can absorb yourself in conversation based on your personal research interests, surnames, nationalities etc. Acquired by the National Institute of Genealogical Studies, it remains a wonderful venue to engage in conversations with fellow family historians. Set up your own page, join groups and let the conversation begin.

6. Genea-Press - will keep you abreast on the latest news,  you can feel more confident when engaging in any conversations happening out there online if your on top of the most recent news and events. Add Genea-Press to your Google Reader and be in the know.

7. Google-Reader - subscribe to bloggers in your Google Reader, all the latest daily posts come to your reader in this one stop spot. This keeps your genealogy bloggers together in one easy to use tool, making it more convenient for you to follow the online community and respond in a timely manner.

8. Round-up Posts -Watch for posts on blogging round ups such as Monday Morning Mentions, Best of the Genea-Blogs, Follow Friday Gems, Week in Review.  These weekly posts highlight many of the great genealogy blog posts offered each week. Highlight posts of the week are usually great places to comment, to see and be seen in the online community. You can also reply to any given post in your own blog, drawing some of that traffic and conversation on to your own blog.

How do you stay involved in the online genealogy community? Share your favourites?

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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the double-shout out to GeneaBloggers!

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  2. Great tips Lynn..wish I'd seen such a great summary when I started in social media and blogging. Thanks.

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  3. All great tips. Thanks for posting them. Hopefully it brings more people into the online genealogy community.

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  4. You've put together an excellent list!

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  5. You have reminded me that it's a while since I was active on GenealogyWise. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for the wonderful list. I wasn't previously aware of several of the resources that you identified.

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  7. @cassmob, agreed wish I had the list as well.
    @Amy and @Sheryl, I hope it helps others as well.

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  8. Thanks so much for the great suggestions! As a new family blog owner, this is perfect timing.

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  9. Welcome, Tanya, so glad I could help!

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  10. Lynn there are also Facebook Genealogy communities.
    https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Join_a_Facebook_Research_Community

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Thank you Hummer, I do belong to a couple of Facebook Genealogical communities for my surnames.

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  12. Great suggestions! Thanks for sharing!

    In my direct dealings with Thomas MacEntee, he has been nothing but kind, enthusiastic and generous. But maybe he has an Evil Twin who is indeed "infamous". Hmm. Now I want to see his pedigree chart!

    :-)

    Merlyn Liberty

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  13. @Merlyn, Thomas is certainly all those things, but don't be misled there is a notorious and mischievous side to our dear Thomas, I use the term lovingly.

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  14. Another great advice post on how to keep involved. I would add -- always check out what's the latest on Armchair Genealogist.

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  15. Great suggestions. I wasn't familiar with Genea-Press, but have since added it to my Googgle Reader.

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  16. Why thank you Linda!
    @Alana, I'm so glad, Genea-Press is a great tool.

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  17. Lynn, I found your article via the Follow Friday post on Deb Ruth's blog. I've just celebrated my half-year anniversary on my own blog, so I was interested to see what you had to say. Great tips! I particularly appreciate the Geneabloggers' site search capabilities for finding like-minded bloggers--I find blog-based conversation so much more on target than generic social media. On the other hand, appreciate your mention of Google+ and Genealogywise, which I've been meaning to check into.

    Thought I'd follow your advice and post my thank-you...and also, since I saw you are in Simcoe, give a shout-out to the stomping grounds where some of my ancestors passed through.

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  18. Hi Jacqi, thanks for stopping by. Now you have really peaked my interest, I need names, of your ancestors who passed through Simcoe? Anybody I know?

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  19. Excellent post! Lots of wonderful information and advice.

    Also, thanks for including my Follow Friday Gems. Greatly appreciated.

    Love reading your blog. Learn something new each time.

    Deb

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  21. Welcome Helen, nice to meet you to, and I will to over to check out your website. Thanks.

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  22. Great comments. Thanks for posting.

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  23. Thanks for the great tips, and a special thanks for being my inspiration for finally starting to write my wonderful ancestor stories. I am a brand new blogger and feeling a little lost right now. My blog title is Turning Pages --Ancestor by
    Ancestor.
    By the way, I have four 4th great-grandfathers in the Long Point Settlers Book. Ann Martin

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  24. Hello Ann, and welcome. I going to check out your blog right now. Trust me we were all a little lost a one time. Persevere, it is very rewarding writing your stories. Really, Long Point, great history in this area. What were the names?

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  25. Here are my earliest Long Point Settlers; Cornwell ELLIS, Timothy WEBSTER, Marks BARRET, Peter FICK, and William RAYMOND. I have done extensive research on all of them, but Cathy Thompson, U.E. has been helpful in finding material at the library in Simcoe. Perhaps you know her.

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  26. Ellis, and Barret and Fick are big names around here. Although it is spelled Barrett. I don't know Cathy, although I was born and raised in Simcoe, my family imported here in 1940's and 50's. So most of my research is done through other libraries in Ontario, although I do use the genealogy room from time to time. If you need anything, a cemetery plot photographed don't hesitate to ask. This area is rich is United Empire Loyalist history, War of 1812 and all that good stuff.

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