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What’s a Genealogy Blog Good For?

Posted in Genealogy 101

I haven’t posted in some time, but this time of year is hectic for a teacher, and I have had little time to do any genealogy research. I usually reserve my most intensive research for summers, when I have more time.

However, I did want to mention one the reasons I started this blog was that I hoped distant family members might connect via Google. As wonderful as the genealogy forums are for helping fellow genealogists connect, I think a blog has a wider audience. I have had quite a few family members connect with me through this blog.

If you frequent genealogy forums, but don’t have a blog, consider starting one. Don’t feel compelled to write in each day; I think too many bloggers worry about posting daily too much. A blog might open you up to a wider audience; you never know what you might learn or share!

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  1. I agree with you 100%! One reason is that a blog is a much more pleasant site than a message board – using photos, document scans and even video to support each story. Another is that blogs are much more searchable – especially when the blogger spends a few minutes including Technorati tags or other keywords for the topic/family in each post.

    May 25, 2007
  2. You have a great site! I’ve had a blog for years, but a seperate site with just genealogy info on it, in hopes of being contacted by other relatives. And it worked! I’ve been contacted by several people of different branches. The hard part is putting the html site into WordPress. You have to totally rethink the “pages” concept since you can’t import an entire html site into WP:(

    August 6, 2007

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