This led me to think about how I use Facebook for genealogy research.When I set up my Facebook page in 2013 it was primarily to communicate with family and friends. However I soon discovered genealogy, history and library or archive organisations with Facebook pages and selected a number that I now receive regular updates from. These Facebook groups are usually open sites and once you click the Like button you will receive in your News Feed any subsequent posts made in these groups. This is a good way to keep up to date with what is happening in your area of interest. Some of the Facebook pages of organisations that I have Liked include:
- Scotlands Genealogy
- Scotlands People
- Irelands Genealogy Page
- National Archives of Australia
- National Archives (UK)
- Inside History Magazine
- Royal Historical Society of Victoria
- Facebook pages of a number of local historical societies
- Hawkesbury Family History Group
- Hawkesbury Library Service
- Find My Past
- Lost Melbourne and Lost Sydney
You can use the same method to locate people who may also be interested in your area of interest.
One of the features of Facebook is that groups for people with similar interests can be created. Recently I joined two groups related to my Convict research. I no doubt will add others to my list. There are also groups relating to specific branches of a family.
- Norfolk Island History Lovers
- First Fleet 1788 Researchers
Facebook can therefore be a useful tool for locating fellow researchers plus information relating to your family history research.
Since first writing this post I have discovered another interesting way that Facebook can be used to promote history or tell a story. Anzac Live recounts the involvement of individual Australians during World War I as if they were posting their thoughts on Facebook.