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+Daryl Tester how many can we have??
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They look like Bengals - they're excitable kitties (think of that one jumping into the ball pit).
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Informative. Energetic. Inspiring. Thought-provoking. Loud. Exhausting. Those are just some of the ways RootsTech has been described. I’d like to add one more adjective to the list: Inclusive. As at past RootsTech conferences, the expo hall had everything from the … Continue reading →
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FamilySearch - RootsTech: Facebook and Family History—What a Match!

Think Facebook is just for keeping up with friends and family? Think again!

Amy Archibald wants you to know that Facebook IS family history, and that it can be a powerful family history tool to help you in many ways.

Would you like to get your family “on the same page?” By creating a Facebook group for your family, members can share their memories of a picture, post answers to a question (like, “What do you remember about fishing trips with grandpa?”), announce and celebrate family events (even virtual family reunions), conduct ongoing discussions, and just keep each other up to date on doings. Connecting in this way can bring families closer.

 To create a Facebook group:

* Find the drop-down arrow on the far right of the blue toolbar at the top of your Facebook page. The drop-down arrow will bring up a list.
* Click on “Create Group” and fill in a group name.  You will want to consider how large you want your group to be.
* Add members to your group by adding their e-mail addresses or names. Consider how private to make your group: (1) Public—anyone can see the group and view group posts; (2) Closed—anyone can find your group by doing a search and see who’s in it, but not their posts; or (3) Secret—only members of your group can find the group and see its posts. You may want to create a closed or secret group for a smaller family group (such as your siblings and their spouses; your children, grandchildren, etc). By creating a descendants group of a common ancestor and making it a closed group, other unknown relatives may find it and then request to become a member, giving you more control of membership. Or, you can make your descendants group a public group for all to see.

It’s a good idea to name a Legacy Contact who can manage the group account in case of your death, so that the group and content can continue. To do this:

* Click the drop-down arrow on the far right of toolbar.
* Go to the Security link in left sidebar.
* Click the Legacy Contact

Information pages on Facebook allow real organizations, businesses, celebrities and brands to communicate broadly with people who “LIKE” them. By liking their pages, you will receive their postings on your Facebook newsfeed. For example, to receive postings from FamilySearch, click “like” on their page. Consider following the pages of local libraries, societies, or other institutions which could help you with your family history.

There are many Facebook groups that offer help with genealogy, such as Cyndi’s List, Genealogy! Just Ask! and Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, (where you can post queries to their Facebook page about your research “brick walls”), FamilySearch Location Groups, etc.

Could you be related to your Facebook friends? Find out by going to http://www.ancestry.com/cs/us/facebookapp and turn your friends into family!

Connect with living cousins by doing a Facebook search for people using a surname, maiden name, nickname, city, school, work, etc. On the person’s Facebook page, click “Add Friend” or “Message” them.

So, how will you use Facebook for your Family History?

This post was a recap of a presentation made at the 2016 RootsTech Conference recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Think Facebook is just for keeping up with friends and family? Think again! Amy Archibald wants you to know that Facebook IS family history, and that it can be a powerful family history tool to hel...
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4 new titles from +Unlock The Past, with more due this week ...
 
Last week was busy, as we released four new Unlock the Past guidebooks.
 - Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Chris Paton
 - Resources for Researching your Family History Norfolk Island 1788-1814, Cathy Dunn
 - Migration to New Zealand: A Guide for Family History Researchers (2nd ed),  Christine Clement
 - The Genealogy Do-over Workbook, Thomas MacEntee

You can find them all listed in our New Products category => http://goo.gl/Y92uam
#genealogy #utpguidebook  
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I've been scanning some photos, and I came up with an idea to do a mostly pictorial blog post of both of my grandmas, and in another one I'll show you my four
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short wrapup of Day 1 at RootsTech video
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Tamura Jones interviewed President of Software MacKiev about the future of Family Tree Maker ... #genealogy  
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#RootsTech 2016 Video Archive
The # RootsTech.org website now has archived videos for the entire Conference. Here are the links for the different day's activities. RootsTech Sessions Innovator Summit Sessions Family Discovery Day Sessions The links are also online for the 2016 Class Syl...
The #RootsTech.org website now has archived videos for the entire Conference. Here are the links for the different day's activities. RootsTech Sessions Innovator Summit Sessions Family Discovery Day Sessions The links are ...
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a little history for today ...
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If kids today find that cursive writing is hard to read, what would they think of cross writing?
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+Judy G. Russell is on her way downunder!!!
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Unavoidable circumstances at Rootstech 2015 got in the way of my planned interview with J<b>udy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist. Judy, a very gracious lady, offered to do an interview with me at a later date. I chose Rootste...
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