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New book: Social Networking for Genealogists

Socialnet Social Networking for Genealogists is now available from our online store for just $18.95.

Drew Smith's new book, Social Networking for Genealogists, is a book that all genealogists should read. With how quickly the Internet has changed in the past few years, I sometimes feel that I am barely able to keep my head above water. Anyone else feel this way?

All of these new social networking services are supposed to help us in our genealogy, that is, if we can figure out what they are and how to use them. Social Networking for genealogists helps us become acquainted with:

  • Blogs
  • Collaborative editing
  • Genealogy-specific social networks
  • General social networking (Facebook)
  • Message boards & mailing lists
  • Photo & video sharing
  • Podcasts
  • RSS feeds
  • Sharing personal libraries
  • Tags
  • Virtual worlds
  • Wikis

Is social networking for all genealogists?

"When you first suggest to a genealogist that he or she should get involved with social networking, you might get the reaction, "I'm doing fine with my research. Why would I need social networking?" The same kind of argument could have been made about the Web, genealogy software, e-mail, and PCs. Clearly, genealogists have successfully engaged in genealogical research for centuries without any of these technological tools. Nobody here is arguing that you have to become a social networking user in order to become a successful genealogist.

But genealogists are encouraged to seek out new resources and adopt new tools that may prove to be valuable. If a social networking service makes it easier for you to discover a researcher working on the same line as you, share your research with others, see a photo of an ancestral town or building, locate new genealogy sites of interest, ask another genealogist to do a look-up in a rare reference book, find a useful genealogy how-to video, or working together with other genealogists on a group project, isn't it worth your time to learn about such a service and see if it fits into your interests and research methods?

When you became a genealogist, you undoubtedly learned about places you should go (libraries, archives, courthouses, cemeteries, etc.) and tools you should use (library catalogs, microfilm readers, genealogy software and websites). This book will build upon that by introducing you to new "places" and new tools."

This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research.

How to purchase

This 129-page book is now available from the Legacy online store for just $18.95.

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