Have you heard about the list of Facebook Genealogy Resources?
Download the 120-page PDF of 4,130+ links to genealogy resources on Facebook (updated 18 Oct 2014) here: Genealogy on Facebook List.
This list is compiled and updated at regular intervals by genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, Katherine’s List of Facebook Genealogy Resources is a gold mine of information. Gail Dever has created a Canadian list that includes French-speaking groups & pages, available at this link: Facebook for Canadian Genealogy.
Willson’s list is arranged by location or subject. Location links on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include both subject groups that are only on Facebook, but also includes links for existing organizations, libraries, archives, and surname societies with Facebook pages.
There are at least 30 Facebook groups/pages listed just for Germany, covering these regions in particular: Baden, Bavaria, Black Sea settlements, Brandenburg, Donauschwaben settlements, East Prussia, Galizien settlements, Germans from Russia (in general), Hanover/Lower Saxony, Hesse, Mecklenburg, Ostfriesland, Pommern, Posen, Prussia (in general), Silesia, Volga settlements, and West Prussia.
The German Genealogy research group has been instrumental in advancing my continuing Prussian research, as has the Norway Genealogy Research group for my ancestors from Buskerud and Oppland. I can’t say enough good things about the level of collaboration and support provided by the members of these groups, including help with translation, geography, customs, and culture.
The list of Facebook Genealogy resources – with the ability to post photos and records – are a natural evolution from the Internet email lists that served us all so well for years.
So download the list of Facebook Genealogy resources and give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the many, many useful resources it contains.