Facebook’s New Profile – Connects Family Members


In case you haven’t heard the news, or saw last night’s interview on 60 Minutes with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, there is a new format for your Facebook profile.  You can activate it now (rather than wait to be prompted) by using this link: http://www.facebook.com/about/profile/.

I’ve already updated mine and one feature that is neat, at least coming from a family historian and genealogy perspective, is the ability to note a family relationship with someone with whom you are friends on Facebook. Here is an example of my update sidebar:

Facebook New Profile Detail

So far I love the improvements and it makes it easier for me to show to others what matters to me, and allows my Facebook friends to find the stuff about me that interests them.  And the emphasis on family and the ability to show them as more than just friends is important for many of us.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Family Tree Firsts – Our 1400th Blog

Nancy Shively

Big news all around this week! First, congratulations to Nancy Shively who won Family Tree Magazine’s contest to select a newbie genealogist who was willing to document her educational journey in a genealogy blog! The name of the blog is Family Tree Firsts and it has just been added to the list of genealogy blogs here at GeneaBloggers.

And speaking of new genealogy blogs, it just so happens that as we added Nancy’s blog, we realized it was number 1400 (really, it was! not planned that way!). So far – and it is only Thursday – we’ve added 31 new blogs and I think by Saturday when we do our New Genealogy Blogs post, we will break a record for the number of newly-discovered genealogy blogs.

Thanks go out to everyone who has spread the good word about genealogy blogs and how they can help your research and your family history experience.  A special shout out to the many Bloggers of Honor from the Atlanta Family History Expo this past weekend, especially Dear MYRTLE and Amy Coffin who assisted expo attendees in setting up their blogs.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with Family Tree Magazine and other genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

Out of Their Element – Genealogy Bloggers in the APG Quarterly

APG Quarterly

You never know where you’ll find a genealogy blogger. Besides the comfortable milleu of their blog or blogs, sure you can find these genealogists on Facebook and Twitter. But did you know that in the September 2010 issue of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, you’ll find no less than three well-known genealogy bloggers?

  • In the News You Can Use – Reviews section, Amy Coffin of The We Tree blog, offers a review of the book All a Twitter: A Personal and Professional Guide to Social Networking with Twitter by Tee Morris.  A social media expert herself, I could not have chosen a better person to review this 280 page handbook that covers not only the ins and outs of Twitter but basic social media concepts as well.
  • In the News You Can Use – Professional Profiles section, our very own Steve Danko of Steve’s Genealogy Blog is profiled. Entitled Embracing His Polish Heritage, the segment focuses on Steve’s search for Katarzyna Tropilo and how with this research and all his research, Steve uses his blog to document the journey.
  • In a feature article entitled Thought of Self-Publishing?, Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog, reviews the process of publishing a manuscript using some of the latest technologies available on the Internet. With Lisa’s “seven secrets for success,” one gets a much better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of publishing on your own.

Congratulations to Amy, Steve and Lisa and we hope to see more members of GeneaBloggers in print soon!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee