Genealogy Social Networks

Genealogy is such a time intensive, exciting, historical adventure and it seems to be a very popular quest for families to find their history.

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We are listing some of the free to sign up and use Genealogy social networks, blogs, and other sites to help you in your Internet searchings to get your family tree filled up. Many of these sites also have an upgraded version, but always go free first, then if you just can’t live without the upgrades and you are sure this is the site for you, then consider it or jump right in πŸ™‚

Groups at MySpace and Facebook are also a place to network with and locate information or other lost cousins or people who know them. These groups have an abundance of link information as well to assure that you never run out of family “leads” or come to a dead end “)

Facebook has many Genealogy groups but one stood out (over 5,000 members) International Genealogy. With resource links for global searches to genetic research, making contacts, getting started (for the very new even :), Military and Religious records, Census information and much more. A definite useful resource for Family Histories. A tutorial group for beginners is listed here as well.

The group that stood out over at MySpace was called Genealogy. This group has a healthy forum for surnames and a list of good genealogy site links.

How about some great existing blog sites on Genealogy? We found Cyndis List of Genealogy Sites on the Net πŸ™‚ Cyndi has a major list of relevant sites to help you on your way through your families genealogy.

Where to go to find a great “Create My Family Tree” sort of site online? I began my journey at MyHeritage.com which is a free family tree maker site and is “medium” for me in the “happy navigation” meter but could rate higher for you as everyones “happy” is very different where navigating sites are concerned πŸ™‚

For example, I prefer Wetpaint sites over Ning (as a creator of these sorts of sites) but others prefer Ning over Wetpaint πŸ™‚ as far as navigating the construction and even navigating as a visitor. Speaking of the Wetpaint and Ning sites, we found a few very good examples of Genealogy networks that you could either join or for an example to start your own πŸ™‚

At Ning: GenMates

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Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive

At Wetpaint: HaileFamilyTree.Wetpaint.com

This is our family site (we just began construction, so a work in progress πŸ™‚

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Inc

The Bookworm Choctaw County Public Library

Keywords can be very important when creating a “public” site. You will open a highway for Genealogy historians like yourself to actually find You! instead of always being the one on the lookout, people will be able to seek you out given the right set of keywords for your sites. Choose a base 5 keywords first that you will always use on most every post, article, or photo. Use your Last Name, Full Name, the words Genealogy, Family Tree, and your region ie: Germany, USA, Virginia, Bolster County. Possible less work for you searching alone can turn into others seeking an finding you πŸ™‚

Visit BlogFinder.Genealogy.com to search for more Genealogy sites. When I used this, I did not get any sites, but when I switched to searching for posts by clicking the post button, I found quite a few on the last name Haile πŸ™‚

Interment.net isΒ  The Cemetery Blog a Free Online Library of burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the World for historical and Genealogy research, thanks to Steve Johnson and Maggie Rail. We have the Worlds cemeteries at our fingertips here.

Many more sites for Genealogy enthusiasts coming in our next post right here at BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com πŸ™‚

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks Genealogy Social Networks Show for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚

February 27, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . blogheiress, Blogs and Social Networks, Dead Fred, Family History, Family Tree, Genealogy, GenMates, My Family, my heritage, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Surnames, Wavecritter. 2 comments.

Blogs – Types of Blogs

Having made step by step videos on How To navigate and use different blog platforms and How To use the blogging areas on some of the big social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and My Yearbook,Β  but then … what do you write about?

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Types of Blogs You Can Create πŸ™‚

Topic Blogs – Actually this site BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is a “Topic” blog, so is VideoGamesAndGaming.com, but these two are also a How To blog as well. Any broad, general, global, town related subject whether it’s a “World” blog or just a State, your topic can be Animals in the World (broad topic) or Primates in the Jungle (a bit more narrow) or Chimps in the NY Zoo (very specific πŸ™‚ Americans is a great topic as well, Ben Franklin for example. You could post about him for a whole month, then next month post on George Washington πŸ™‚

Topic blogs have such a diverse inclusion like Fashion, Travel, Dreams, My Trip, Educational Institutions, Cats, etc. Many choices here. Write what you love πŸ™‚

Salesy Web Site Blogs – Sites that look a Christmas Sale at the Mall with Flashy Banners, Sales Fluff around every corner. These do attract attention to some and may work for you.

Photo Sites – A great Photo style blog can be found at ParisDailyPhoto.com but it is any chosen photo you select to “be” the blog and add a line or few of explanation or interest, location … etc. to your picture πŸ™‚

Journal Blogs – A great example of a journal style blog is Wavecritter.LiveJournal.com or SurfPiccasso2001.LiveJournal.com Stevies blog is a journal style, write as you sort of story teller or what’s up with my day or life type blog πŸ™‚

VLogs or Video Blogs – Of course the best place to see a VLog is at a Video Social Network at someones profile page like me πŸ™‚ YouTube.com/Wavecritter I have a bunch of friends there that have very different styles of VLogs too which are easy to find at YouTube, like a musician style where they play and take videos of either them on stage or create a story video to go with their songs; “Let’s Talk” sort of videos, How To, Real Life, and more.

Explanation or Definition Blogs – These are quite similar to the How To style blogs but are mostly like a Wikipedia style topic blog that gives a detailed explanation with examples πŸ™‚ They don’t need to be using the Wikipedia platform of course, but this one on Blog is a good example. A really great Explanation blog will have many resource links to other relevant posts or sites.

Review Blogs – These are usually quite helpful blogs in general as you can open up several and see what different views there are out there on any given iten, topic, company, laundry soap lol, or whatever you are looking for opinions on. To write this style blog you will need to have more than an idea of the subject. If you do a review site on restaraunts for example, you would be a person who frequently visits new restaraunts and has a grasp of a great dining out experience with out being hyper critical. Point out the pros and cons so to speak πŸ™‚ If you write a review style blog, you could link to the items that you review for more link backs, information, or to monetize your site if these are your items on Amazon or EBay.

List Blogs – This is a fun way to blog. 7 ways to bake a cake, 11 types of tennis shoes, 8 reasons why you should exercise, 100 favorite songs of the year, the top 5 social networks, etc. With a list style blog, you can start a post with the original list, then take each (#1, #2, etc.) and make an in depth post on each number, it will get you a whole series of posts and help you with your posts πŸ™‚

Group, Team, or Company Style Blogs – A site for any specific organization, group or team. This type of blog is geared toward your members of the company, pack, sports organization, guild, or party to get information out to them. A communication type blog just for a specific sector of people.

Most blogs fall into one or more (or a subset) of these categories, but as categories go, they could be sub divided into many, many more smaller or specific types like with the Topic Blog especially πŸ™‚

Lokking at the list of blog types that WordPress has will help you as well. This list will keep you clear of the No-No Types of Blogs to create πŸ™‚

Have fun with your blog and write what you are passionate about or you may not be blogging long out of boredom πŸ™‚

Checking into MyBlogLog and Zimbio will get you some additonal blog attention!

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter

February 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Blog, blogheiress, blogs, blogs and blogging, Blogs Types of, How To, mybloglog, social networks, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Types of, Types of Blogs, Wavecritter, zimbio. Leave a comment.

Focus Focus Focus Blogs and Social Networks

We often hear the word “focus” in the same context as blogging instruction but what does it really mean and who does it really mean it for?

Focus in the blogging platform or social networking world refers to shooting toward reaching your “target” audience. Who would you like to visit your social networks and read your blog sites? What demographic? Now, why would the blogs and social networks person care who came to visit? Marketing to be precise.

If a blogger is marketing a particular product, they would then care very much who came to see their sites. For example) If your product was a health and wellness sort of “Vitamin” product, then a “Get Healthy or “Stay Healthy” sort of blog would hit the nail on the head to some degree. What if the product is “Vitamin D”? Then focus would get you to a site much more focused on bone health instead of overall health.

Who else would want to focus their sites? If you aren’t marketing a product but would like to gain a high rating with Google, become an expert, or just have a very popular site full of specific information, then focus is for you πŸ™‚

Do Stevie and Stephanie at Blogs and Social Networks focus? I can’t say that we do actually πŸ™‚ Encompassing the entire subject of Blogs and Social Networks (and not that we even come close to hitting every site) is not really a very focused, specific topic. To hold true to many blogging platforms, we have many blogs specifically geared towards Blogs and Social Networks and are members of multiple social networks. It is rather a broad subject area but holds a great example of what it means to go smaller from it and more focused.

Blogs and Social Networks …

Social Networks That Have Blog Capability …

MySpace and Facebook …

Or You could go from Blogs and Social Networks …

to Blogs about Social Networks …

then onto blogs about MySpace and Facebook …

or to be less focused, blogs about the major social networks.

Recall why we focus again, to appeal to a group who will more likely be interested in our topics, information, and offers.

Sometimes focus is not important. A very wide spectrum blog works quite well and attracts visitors. The blog remains on a subject, but a very wide subject much like Blogs and Social Networks or Video Games and Gaming. Again, with Video Games and Gaming, this can become much more focused a topic …

Video Games and Gaming …

Console Games …

Wii Games …

Wii Fit Games …

Or you can choose to create sub sections (or pages) of your blog (or create a wiki at wetpaint) to house focused topics like this but name your blog a wider topic name.

Once the understanding of why a blogger is told to focus comes into … well … errr … “focus” … then it becomes clear whether or not you actually should decide to look into it all or not. Are you trying to reach a “target” audience? or do you just want to be sure that your writings are helping whoever searches that info out?

With searches, keywords really take the drivers seat here. How do visitors actually find what you have? Think about your tags, labels and keywords (all one in the same, with just a different name at different blog site platforms) What will those ask who wish to find your answers? How you label and categorize your posts matters greatly to the seeker of your posts. If you have a post on How To Make Ice Cream, then your top keywords probably should be: Ice Cream, Ice Cream How To, How To Make Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts, and Dessert Recipes. Then add your name or alias (Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter) (author title) as another keyword, you could use the blog platform as another if you wished (ie: WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, Blogger) and then peruse through your post for a few select keyword phrases running together in the text and standing out. Use these as well (In this post it would be “Blogging instruction” blogging Platform” or Social Networking”). There you go, you just greatly assisted your visitors in arriving at your information πŸ™‚

However much you really wish to focus on your blogs and social networks in this manner is entirely up to you … do remember that every person is unique, every blog is unique, and every social network is unique and that each has it’s own attractions for a reason … they are all different πŸ™‚ Cookie cutter is not generally the way to go to become different, although you could begin with the design and “color” or “decorate” it however you like πŸ™‚

With a very focused blog site, focused right from the creation date on , you will need to think about where to actually get the word out or “effectively market” this site. Groups (first and foremost) in the social networking communities are the number one best places to market an on topic blog. Probably placing a link on a Gardening blog in a group on fishing is not going to be your first choice group πŸ™‚ But, possible the people at the fishing group are also interested in gardening as well and it may do some good πŸ™‚ Seek out the gardening groups to introduce your gardening blog to first though πŸ™‚

Your keywords will be the “behind the scenes” marking engine for you while you manually market your site to and through other Blogs and Social Networks sites. Getting backlinks is quite easy. Log into your blog platform (ie: WordPress, Blogspot, Vox, Livejournal …) then browse through other blog sites on the same platform, either on your topic or on another, comment on their posts as you view some sites. Each comment you leave (while logged in) will send a link back to your site via the “icon” or username info left on the comment πŸ™‚ Nope, you don’t really need to “rely” on friends to actually list you on their blogroll.

Use your blog URL as part of every bio, info, or profile area on all of your social networks and think about securing a clever domain name for your blog site πŸ™‚ I chose BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info , .com , , .org , and .net for our main blog platforms (Wetpaint, WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, and Blogspot). One is fine, there is no need to get all (info, com, net, etc) this way when you redirect the domain to your blog URL, it is now a much easier name to remember. BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is easier (I hope lol) than Wavecritter.Wordpress.com for instance.

These are some good tips, we will be writing some more soon. Stay tuned for Blogs And Social Networks

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Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚

January 30, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . blog platforms, blogheiress, blogs, blogs and blogging, Blogs and Social Networks, focus, focus focus focus, social networking, social networks, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Wavecritter. Leave a comment.

Tips For Blogspot and My Bloglog

Blog Spot:

Under Services, When You Go To Add Your

Blogspot Blog it will look

like this: http://www.blogger.com/profile/ (SPACE

HERE)

In this space will be put a very long number. You

will find this

number by going to your visitors view of your

front page of your

personal blog, then click under the “About Me”

section “View My

Complete Profile” This will take you to the profile

page about you.

While viewing this, look up in the address bar of

your browser

window. Here you will see this

http://www.blogger.com/profile

(NUMBERS HERE) Copy ONLY the numbers and

paste them into the (SPACE

HERE) Area of your MYBlogLOG Page under the

services area.

Another tip for when you are getting up and

running is to go and

visit everyone on our team, friend them, and then

click on their

individual blog sites links under their profile, this

will allow

you to join their communities. Then, they will join

your blog

community too. Each seperate blog you submit,

will create a

community for that blog owned by you. If we all

join each others

communities…Cool Beans! The communities will

grow and we will

attract others to them…ATTRACTION MARKETING!

See? Cool!

Be sure to sign up for TWITTER! Every post you

then make on the

“Cartoon Bubble” at TWITTER gets shown on ALL

of your friends

pages. You will begin to notice as you get friends

that post on all

of their sites, that all of the posts also come here

as a link!

More traffic to your blog. Neat!

I would like to whittle the “For Certain Do This On

MY BLOGLOG” Down

to the must dos of this for the service list:

BEBO

BLOGGER

DELICIOUS

DIGG

FLICKR

FRIENDSTER

MySpace

SHELFARI

TWITTER

YOUTUBE

These ones are the most trafficed just now,

easiest to get around

and set up, and have great people on them all.

Awesome chances for

us to meet great people.

Then add the rest as you go, never worry about

being behind if you

have these core ones

done in the services area of MyBlogLog.

If you get stuck as to what to do next on MyBlogLog, click

“MyAccount” at the top of the page after you log in, and you will

see this, click it and it will guide you through what to do next:

“To get the full MyBlogLog experience, complete these steps to

achieve profile zen.”

Enjoy;)

Stephanie Haile Google Me πŸ™‚

April 17, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Blog Heiress, blogging for beginners, blogheiress, Blogs and Social Networks, business social network, business social networking, online social networks, social network marketing, social network websites, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, Wavecritter. 1 comment.

BLOGS AND SOCIAL NETWORKS – A REVIEW PART 3

Blogs and Social Networks in general are expanding and growing daily, scratch that, hourly. The amount of people reaching out for world wide friendship is amazing and exciting.

The first stop in our journey today will be to the video mogul of YouTube. Like the glamor and sparkle of the Las Vegas strip with the culture and information of the Museums, Hoover Dam, and The Grand Canyon, comedy like Ray Romano and Kevin James, shows and magic like Chris Angel and The Blue Man Group, YouTube has it all. Sign up, upload a video you created or just view the hundreds of thousands of videos already here. Join a group or enter a video contest, just broadcast yourself.

How about we visit the tops on the fun, chatty charts by taking a trip to the Twin Cities, MN, Greatest Shopping Mall Of America! IMVU!

IMVU is an outstanding, fun, digital, graphic image maker, and player site. You create a little “you” image, and dress up, buy items and clothes and hair styles and much more, take photos of the virtual “you” , go on a Ferris Wheel, in a cafe, disco, wherever the little “you” wants to play, get photographed, purchase items with credits, chat, engage, and virtually have the time of your Internet life! Missgreenbacks, Lucky, IMVUInc, and Charm are there to get you rolling and help your navigation! The Greatest Shopping Mall Of The Internet World awaits at IMVU.

Let’s Move along now, down the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam and join in on the group activities and artistic Rembrandt talents of the members of WetPaint Wiki. Get a community gathering started and become a sightseeing tour down the Amsterdam canal. Design graphics and flourishes that match your Wiki design with Paint Splatters. Wikis are websites that everyone can build together. It’s easy. Come to community fun and information spot, build a page, add a widget, leave your mark on the adventure of the Wiki!

Questing ever further into blogs and social networks we arrive, (and some say “finally”) at the Blogs and Social Networks dream adventure. The Tibet, if you will, of the day. Friendster is the highest peak to reach and the most tranquil, easy-going of the industry. The Friendster crew is always helpful and pleasant. Add Apps, Get Connected, Explore, and Search through the mountainous region that is Friendster. With a separate, but unified blogging city, Friendster creates a collective environment of exploration, fun, and friends.

Throughout the journey, the road less traveled or the highway to the blogging world, we notice the actual “road” is My BlogLog. An outstanding intersection of continuing highways and byways of interconnectedness. This is My BlogLog. It actually weaves together the blogs and social networks of today, melding them into the off ramps of tomorrow.

Getting and staying connecting in the blogs and social networks world on the Internet is an experience of a lifetime. Our pasts did not even include this awesome situational entertainment and friendship.

Stephanie Haile Google Me aka Wavecritter

www.TheLoneBlog.com

March 25, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . basic computer instruction, basic computer skills, beginning computers, blogging for beginners, blogheiress, Blogs and Social Networks, business social network, business social networking, dalton haile, my blog log, my bloglog, mybloglog, online social networks, social network marketing, Social Network Sites, social network websites, Stephanie Haile, stevie haile, top social network sites, Uncategorized, Video Games and Gaming, Wavecritter, wyverex. Leave a comment.

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