Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Blogging family history

I started blogging to display the results of my research to people who in a moment of utter boredom, google the name of their great-grandmother and discover stories and descriptions allowing them to connect with a person who had a great deal to do with their existence.  A real person, not some words on a page.

Family researchers get so needy of recognition and its a trap. All those hours spent at the library, money spent on certificates, lonely (not looney, though some may think it,) hours googling paid sites for clues. The euphoria of finding that small piece in the puzzle and the glazed look in other's eyes when you attempt to explain, make you wonder if indeed, you are looney. Who cares anyway?

You care, and thats what matters. It really does not matter what others think - remember that and survive.

Now what do you do with all the material you have painstakingly collected?

I am suggesting that you display it as I have in a blog so that you can update it, change it, delete it (in a bad moment), but put it out there for others to find.

There is stiff competition today for your data, places like Genes United and many other places on the internet where you can lodge the results of your research and thats fine if all you have collected are the names and dates. But what about the stories? What about making it as easy as possible for people to get a really good idea of what the family's about and how they fit in? Having your own blog will do that.

You could write a book but it is an expensive and time consuming method of doing what you can do for free and quickly with a blog. You could use your internet provider's home page option but still, that does take some expertise, probably a lot more than a blog.

It really is that easy to have your own blog. I've only used blogspot but they may be others just as good.

Have you done something the same or similar?


  1. Actually Lyn I think that a blog is the wrong solution to this problem. The issue is that a blog is poorly indexed and poorly structured if you want to go back, fo rexample looking up the stories that you have discovered about your ancestors. Also it is unrelated to what other people are discovering about their ancestors who area also your ancestors.

    This is why nzgdb (www.nzgdb.co.nz) was developed, to provide something that is much more than jsut names and dates. In essence, family trees including scrapbooks in a shared database.

  2. How would google pick up the entries in your database Robert?
    The reason I chose blogging was because the data is indexed by google fairly quickly and available to scattered family members worldwide without further ado.

  3. I have my own message board for NZ Chinese researching - and a few blogs

  4. Thats terrific. I would love to include a post about Chinese research in New Zealand but I know very little about it.