Monday, February 11, 2008

Social Networking - More Information 11 Feb 2008

To add information to the last blog, for what Joann Henley brought up about social networking sites, below is a list of sites that The Genealogy Guys had on their podcast show notes for Jan 26, 2006:

"Drew and George discuss the explosion of social networking sites for genealogists and some of the issues regarding choosing one or more to use. The list includes: (,,,,, 23AndMe(,, and available in multiple languages), Famillion(,,, Others include KinCafe(, FamilyLink( - formerly, WeRelate(,, and Famiva( "

As you can see there are plenty of sites now available online. Some are free and some have a subscription cost. They are different, so if you want to jump in to the "Web 2" or social networking, I'd advise to do a little shopping around to see exactly what you'd like to spend some time with.


Also, I mentioned previously on this blog, about the "African American Lives 2" series. Here is more information about that wonderful genealogical show - Looks like there are only two more episodes:

The information below is from the blog
"T. Devon Jones sent a message to the members of AfroAmerican Genealogy:
Subject: African American Lives 2, Feb 6th --- AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2, a new four-part PBS series, explores roots, race and identity through the ancestry of remarkable individuals. Premiering February 6th and 13th.

Professor Gates in the new broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series' well-known guests.

The use of DNA research came up with some surprising results. Ol' Myrt here recommends this PBS series, even if you don’t have African American roots. All researchers appreciate the “ah-ha” moments when one discovers source documents proving family relationships. To find evidence an ancestor served in a state legislature, or in the military is thrilling – almost as good as identifying that old photograph in great-grandmother’s trunk. Witness the joy as each participant finds their roots brings hope to those attempting to reach the next limb on the family tree. The 4 minute trailer spotlights reactions from participants such as: Chris Rock, who said “If I’d known this, it would have taken away the inevitability that I was going to be nothing.” and Maya Angelou, who said “Heritage is so complex, that we have to consider ourselves global, and no human being can be more human than another.”

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