Genealogy Help on Facebook
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We are excited to announce the creation of several online research communities powered by FamilySearch. These communities have been created to help you and others researching in the same area to:
- collaborate on your research,
- ask questions, and
- share knowledge you have gained as you've done your own research in a specific area.
North America[edit | edit source]
- American Indian (Southeastern US)
- Illinois, United States
- Louisiana, United States
- Mississippi, United States
- Missouri, United States
- New Jersey, United States
- New York, United States
- North Carolina, United States
- Ohio, United States
- Pennsylvania, United States
- South Carolina, United States
- Tennessee, United States
- Texas, United States
- Utah, United States
- Vermont, United States
- Virginia, United States
- West Virginia, United States
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Europe[edit | edit source]
Asia[edit | edit source]
To join a Facebook group:[edit | edit source]
- Not interested in joining Facebook? Try our Skype Communities instead.
Questions?[edit | edit source]
- I would like to see a community started for ___________, could you create one?
- Since this is a pilot program, only a few limited localities are being created now. If you would like to have a group created for a location you are researching:
- Go to the Discussion page and click to edit the page. (You must be signed in to edit.)
- Add a note about which groups you'd like to see next.
- Include whether or not you'd like to be considered for a moderator for the group.
- After your request, add ~~~. That will sign your username to the request and allow us to notify you when a community is created for that area.
- If you would like to ask questions or help those researching in other areas of the world right now, you can visit the FamilySearch Forums where there are discussions going on in any are of the world you are currently researching in.
- What is Facebook?
- Facebook is a leading "social media" website where individuals communicate and interact with one another. You can learn more or register for an account at Facebook.com.
- I am concerned about Facebook safety and the privacy of my personal information. Where can I learn more?
- What's the benefit of joining Facebook vs. Skype?
- Both will be places where you can go to collaborate with other researchers. You may prefer one or the other simply because you already use one tool or the other. Other benefits to each are:
- Facebook is a leading social media website. You can join a group on Facebook and just visit the website when you wish. Or, if you'd like to be more involved, you can even sign up to receive a text message when something is posted to the page.
- Skype is a chat program that allows for more detailed communications and interaction between individuals or groups of users. It allows groups to participate together in group discussions. It also allows for sending documents that others can review to help with evaluating records and, if desired, live video discussions or screen sharing.
- Additional questions?
- Ask on the Discussion page. Click Edit this page and add your question.
- Be sure to add ~~~ after your question to sign your name to it so that someone can contact you if need be.