My 15 minutes of fame: Filming
An email was sent around in work asking for peoples stories about how technology had improved their lives, so I replied not expecting anything to come from it, explaining my story through my family tree (see the previous blog posts). Explaining that before technology was so easily accessible genealogy would take up most of my spare time, by ‘doing things the old way’ and visiting...
The power of social networks pt 2: Facebook
Facebook is massive nowadays, and has more than 750 million active users on it’s site. So naturally with me already using Twitter I wanted to see how I could incorporate this into my research. I decided the one area Facebook succeeded over Twitter was it’s ‘Groups’ function, these are pages that you set up, and can invite people to discuss something in more detail, it can...
The power of social networks pt 1: Twitter
Twitter, for those of you don’t know, is a micro-blogging site. Which in turn means that you can post a comment to the web to update people who follow you with “What’s Happening?”, the only real restriction is that you’re limited to 140 characters. Feel free to read more about Twitter here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter or you can join via this...
The first few steps on my journey
As I mentioned earlier I started off with my family tree on Genes Reunited, I didn’t really research anything at this time instead I just inputted any data I already knew, so I started with me, my wife, parents, grandparents, and any other relatives I knew a birthday for. It was only once I’d started doping this that I realised the power of the technology available to me, I started...
I literally googled my name, and the names of a few of my ancestors that I knew, I didn’t really know what to expect, or what I would find. I was hoping to dig up a treasure trove of information about my chosen ancestor, hoping that I would find a website dedicated to that one person. That would’ve been easy, and genealogy as I’ve come to appreciate since is anything but! ...
Genealogy & me
I’d always wanted to research my family history but never knew where to start, I always thought to delve in to it would take hours of research, in a records office, situated in a small village, somewhere I’d never even heard of before. I never even thought I’d be able to carry out the bulk of my research on the internet, with only the odd trip to the local library to help me with access to the...