Book Review: Social Networking for Genealogists by Drew Smith

Social Networking for Genealogists by Drew Smith is a handy guide to making interaction on the Web work for you as a family historian.

The author is well-qualified to guide you through the maze of  RSS feeds, virtual worlds and genealogy-specific social networks. Drew Smith, MLS, is an academic librarian with the University of South Florida in Tampa. An expert in digital genealogy, with a lifelong interest in family history research, he is Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is also a regular contributor to Digital Genealogist magazine and is co-host of the weekly Genealogy Guys Podcast.

The best part of online genealogy has always been the interaction with other family historians, professional and amateur, that you find online. Prior to this decade, that meant mainly  message boards and mailing lists.  Now, blogs, wikis, podcasts,  and even genealogy-specific social networks add depth and breadth to the experience of collaborating with genealogists all over the world.

Smith defines and describes all the social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples.  Then, at the end of each chapter, he gives you specific steps to get involved with such services to help you launch yourself into the realms of cyberspace without getting hopelessly lost. 


Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company

Format: Paper

Pages: 129 pp.

Published: 2009

Price: $18.95

ISBN: 9780806317953

Item #: GPC5446

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3 Responses to Book Review: Social Networking for Genealogists by Drew Smith

  1. Sounds interesting!

    Happy blogoversary!

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