Brrr! Brrrrr!! Brrrrrrr!!!
February 10, 2014
When the weather is cold and snowy in January and other winter months, it is so very tempting to stay at home, drink hot chocolate, and genealogy-surf on your home computer. There are many sites you can go to again and again since new data is added frequently these days. So if you aren’t in the Library to use Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, or to check out our magnificent book and microfilm collection, do some exploring in new areas such as social media.
When my daughter was home to do her student teaching and also plan for her wedding, she began to use Pinterest. It kept visual track of the websites she found that she wanted to remember with music ideas for her teaching and wedding ideas galore. She could create her own categories to keep her pins in order. I thought -- I’ve got to figure this out for myself. I had already set up an account months ago, but had not done a thing with it. So, one rainy Saturday, I spent the afternoon playing with it. Oh my goodness! I got HOOKED! And it wasn’t as hard to do as I had imagined. As you already know, the Internet is filled with so much information that it is easy to feel overloaded. By pinning your favorite sites that you want to remember and come back to again, you will feel more organized and on top of things. The beauty of Pinterest is that you can find others with similar ideas and feed on each other as you discover more about your favorite topics. They help you find things you might not discover yourself.
Our social networking team here at MGC has created our own Pinterest page, and we are having fun pinning things we think would be helpful to you as patrons (and ourselves, as well). Have you checked our Pinterest page recently?
Once you find a pin you want to follow, you can click on the picture and go to the actual webpage. Using our Pinterest page as an example, you can look at “Gen Websites Out THERE!” for a compilation of good genealogy websites to search. One of our boards that we are actively adding to is “Gen Websites/US State Arch-Gen-Hist-Lib.” We have been adding websites for state genealogical and historical societies, along with state archives and digital resources. If you are feeling dreary from the cloudy weather, you can have a few laughs by looking at our “Just Sayin’” and “Grave Matters” boards. If you are planning a spring or summer genealogy trip to other big genealogy libraries, you can find some listed at “Genealogy Hunting Grounds.” If you like to do projects, be sure to notice our “Genealogy Crafts” board. If you like to read what our staff at MGC are writing about, you can follow “MGC Bloggin’ Board.” There is much more here that I haven’t touched on that could keep you busy all winter! You do not need to create a sign-in if you want to see what we have pinned (only if you want to pin them yourself to your Pinterest boards). Keep checking back; our boards will be updated frequenlty, and we will be creating new ones.
Before you know it, spring-like days will be here and you will want to come out of hibernation. But until then, wrap up with a blanket, throw on some warm socks, and see what you can find on the Internet, right from your home computer!
Midwest Genealogy Center