Length: Lecture format – 60 minutes; Workshop format – 90-120 minutes
Description: While Facebook is the world’s largest online social network with more than 1.2 billion users, did you know that it can be leveraged as a genealogy research “work horse” to help find your ancestors?
In this session you’ll go beyond the basics of setting up a Facebook account and simply posting status updates or playing games. The class focus is on developing the following skill set for genealogy research:
- Using the Search function to locate living relatives and others researching your same surnames.
- Locating Facebook Groups and Pages related to your genealogy research, especially geographical locations and specific ethnic groups, as well as surname groups.
- Creating a Facebook Group to facilitate collaboration and participant interaction around a specific genealogy topic such as a Surname Group or a One Place Study Group.
- Creating a Facebook Page to advertise a genealogy society, an event and more.
- Understanding the difference between a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group and why you might use one instead of the other as well as when it is best to use both.
- Protecting your privacy and ensuring an enjoyable Facebook experience when researching genealogy.
Audience Level: Intermediate.
Content: 8 pages.
- Facebook Overview
- Using Facebook’s Search Function for genealogy
- Using Facebook Content for Genealogy
- Facebook Pages and Facebook Groups – What is the difference?
- Using Facebook Groups for genealogy research
- Creating and running a Facebook Group
- Using Facebook Pages for genealogy research
- Creating and running a Facebook Page
- Understanding Privacy on Facebook
- Resource List
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