Sharing Your Family History Online: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 140 pages
Author: C. Paton
Year: 2021
ISBN: 9781526780294
Other: b&w photos, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

For many enthusiasts pursuing their family history research, the online world offers a seemingly endless archive of digitised materials to help us answer the questions posed by our ancestors. In addition to hosting records, however, the internet also offers a unique platform on which we can host our research and lure in prospective cousins from around the world, to help build up a larger shared ancestral story.

In 'Sharing Your Family History Online', genealogist and best-selling author Chris Paton explores the many ways in which we can present our research and encourage collaboration online. He details the many organisations and social media applications that can permit co-operation, describe the software platforms on which we can collate our stories, and illustrate the many ways in which we can publish our stories online.

Along the way, Chris Paton also shows how we can make our research work further for us, by drawing in experts and distant cousins from around the world to help us break our ancestral brick walls, not just through sharing stories, but by accessing uniquely held documentation by family members around the world, including our very own shared DNA.

This is a practical guide to family history collaboration. It includes chapters on the use of social media, blogs, virtual meetings and webinars, collaborative websites, crowdsourcing projects, software packages, DNA testing and preserving and sharing your research and more! It is also packed with case studies and tips to help you get the best in your ancestry endeavours.

If you want to know more about online trees, blogs, crowdsourcing projects, webinars, sharing your research, genealogy software (on and offline) and more - 'Sharing Your Family History Online' is a book for you!


1. Researching Your Family History
Who, what, when?
 - Civil registration
 - Parish records
 - Censuses
 - Newspapers
Family history societies
Genealogy vendors
 - Ancestry
 - Findmypast
 - TheGenealogist
 - MyHeritage
 - FamilySearch
Genealogy magazines
Learning resources
Good record keeping
Privacy and data protection
Copyright and ownership
Terms and conditions
Digital estate
Online etiquette

2. Communication and Social Media
Contacting relatives
Discussion forums
Social media platforms
 - Facebook
 - Twitter
 - Tumblr
 - LinkedIn
 - Other platforms
Image sharing
 - Instagram
 - Pinterest
 - Flickr
 - Blogger
 - Wordpress
Feed readers
Virtual meetings and webinars
 - Facebook Messenger
 - Zoom
 - Skype
 - FaceTime
 - GoToWebinar

3. Collaboration and Crowdsourcing
Collaborative platforms
 - Lost Cousins
 - Curious Fox
 - Google My Maps
 - Historypin
Cloud sharing
 - Dropbox
 - Google Docs
 - Evernote
Crowdsourcing Projects
 - World Archives Project
 - FamilySearch Indexing
 - FreeUKGEN
 - UKIndexer
 - FindaGrave
 - BillionGraves
 - Online Parish Clerks
Wiki projects

4. Recording Your Family History
Software packages
Online programmes
 - Ancestry
 - MyHeritage
 - Findmypast
 - TreeView
Collaborative family trees
 - WikiTree
 - Geni
 - FamilySearch Family Tree

5. DNA: it's in the blood
DNA tests
 - Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA)
 - Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
 - Autosomal DNA 
 - X-chromosome DNA (X-DNA)
Testing platforms
 - AncestryDNA
 - MyHeritage DNA
 - LivingDNA
 - FamilyTreeDNA
 - 23andMe
Exporting results to other platforms

6. Sharing and preserving stories
Conveying the message
Creative writing
 - What stories do you wish to tell?
 - Who are your readers?
 - What voice are you using?
Sharing your stories
 - Websites
 - Self-publishing
Audio visual
 - Video platforms
 - Audio platforms
FamilySearch memories

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