Emerging Technology for Genealogy

If you’re looking for a good overview of emerging technology for genealogy and how it can help your research, visit a new blog called 23thingsforarchivists.wordpress.com.

It has links to “23 Things” for you to explore, experiment with, and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are changing how information is used and created today. Many of the “23 Things” will be useful in your research, individually or collaboratively. The blog states:

This is a self-discovery program that allows participants to take control of their own learning. You can work at home or at work, alone or in a group, at your own pace as you have time. You are encouraged to share your discoveries and insights with others through your blog postings.

Thing 1: Blogging

Thing 2: Online Chat (Meebo) [superceded when purchased by Google]

Thing 3: What is Web 2.0?

Thing 4: RSS and RSS Feedreaders

Thing 5: Online Presentation Sharing (Slideshare)

Thing 6: Social Networking (Facebook)

Thing 7: Professional/Career Networking (LinkedIn)

Thing 8: Microblogging (Twitter)

Thing 9: URL Shorteners

Thing 10: Photo Sharing (Flickr)

Thing 11: Geotagging

Thing 12: Creative Commons

Thing 13: Image Generators/Mashups

Thing 14: Facebook Apps

Thing 15: Widgets

Thing 16: Podcasting/Vodcasting

Thing 17: Video Slideshows (Animoto)

Thing 18: Video Sharing (YouTube, Vimeo)

Thing 19: Online Timelines

Thing 20: Social Bookmarking

Thing 21: Wikis

Thing 22: Google Docs

Thing 23: Online Surveys

Wrapping Up

Give 23 Things in Emerging Technology for Genealogy a try and let me know what you’re already doing or new things that work for you.

Tomorrow: 23 More Things in Emerging Technology for Genealogy.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Sassy Jane Genealogy 13 July 2011 at 6:03 PM

    That’s great, Kathy. There are 23 more social media links in yesterday’s post.

  2. Kathy Reed 8 July 2011 at 5:47 AM

    Thanks for this post. I followed your link and signed up with one of the sites where you can make those baseball cards with pictures of your relatives. I recently saw one of those and wondered how it was done.

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