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Become a Fan of Genealogy on Facebook

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Get the latest genealogy news, tips, and tricks from our new Facebook pages: Genealogy and Family History. Visit our pages and become a fan!

What is the purpose of these Genealogy Facebook Pages?

1. Provide a forum to share genealogical discoveries

2. Post insights related to the genealogy industry as a whole

3. Provide a way for people to identify themselves as “fans” of genealogy

4. Share updates from experts and prominent genealogists

How do I become a fan of genealogy and family history on Facebook?

Simply click on these links: Genealogy and Family History. * You must be a member of Facebook to become a fan of genealogy and family history.

Why should I become a genealogy and family history fan?

Combined, the genealogy and family history groups have nearly 10,000 members, and the groups are growing at a rapid rate. Here you will find 10,000 people who love

genealogy and family history just like you do. You can connect with other genealogists, and get the latest genealogy buzz for free! The Foundation for Genealogy Social Networking?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

By Whitney Ransom,, 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, 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 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. Adds New Application Called Family Groups On

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Family Groups is a brand new application recently built for The application is a great way to upload photos, share family memories, and have fun discussion with your friends and family members on and off

You can tag people (To tag means to select the name of the individual) in your memory or photos, and when you do, they will receive an update of your new message or photo through a news feed.

If one of your friends or family members do not have a Facebook account, you can simply send them a link to access your family page.

The Family Group app can be password protected and you can set an administrative level to members who can add to or revise your family group content.

Signing up to Family Groups is easy.

Option 1

1. Go to
2. Search for Family Groups in the application section.

Option 2

1. Go to
2. Click here.