By Whitney Ransom, FamilyLink.com, Inc.
I was searching on Google for the words Facebook and Genealogy recently and came upon 843,000 entries, including an interesting blogpost from July of last year. The author of the blog said the following:
Facebook could definitely be the foundation for genealogy social networking – it’s been around long enough, it’s huge, you can already share photos and videos and calendar events and birthdays, and it has an application API that third-party developers can build on. And even though it is massive, it still has a clean, smooth feel to it, unlike many other sites.
At FamilyLink.com, we also believe that Facebook is a great place where genealogists can network and work on their family history. In fact, we currently have two applications on Facebook.
We’re Related: We’re Related allows people to create and share their family tree, connect with members of their living families, and find relatives on Facebook. It is currently the number one social application for families on Facebook.com. Currently more than 5.1 million people have downloaded the We’re Related application. We’re Related has users from 231 countries/territories and from all 50 states. We’re Related hosts more than 2 million family trees with 20 million names in these trees.
My Family application: My Family application has more than 1.5 million users across five social networks, including Facebook and MySpace. The My Family app lets social networking users creatively represent their family members and pets on their web pages with cute stick figure icons. My Family is currently the 26th most popular application on MySpace and it has nearly 8,000 fans on Facebook.
Many well-known genealogists and family history enthusiasts have Facebook accounts including people like Dick Eastman, DearMyrtle, Paul Allen, Tom Kemp, Alan Mann, Barbara Renick, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, Beau Sharbrough, and more.
Last year DearMyrtle also discussed her reasons for joining Facebook and also mentioned how a blog from Paul Allen triggered this event. Many genealogists are joining Facebook for networking, to reach new friends and potential genealogists, to communicate better with their family and friends, to share photos, etc. etc. If you haven’t joined the more than 80 million active users, consider signing up.