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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Blogs and Social Networks

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.

Blogs and Social Networks Social Bookmark Sites

We discussed many of the top Social Bookmark Sites on our Blogs and Social Networks Show Social Bookmarking Sites but here are some details about a scattered few of these Social Bookmark Sites πŸ™‚

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Bloglines.com tracks your favorite news, blogs, weather, and classifieds so you don’t have to πŸ™‚ Beta Bloglines: Read Save Share, All In One Place! And get your favorite web sites and blog articles delivered to you. Available anywhere PC, Mac, Cell Phones, and IPhones. Check out the Bloglines top 1000 which is your guide to the most popular feeds. The Beta Bloglines is cool because you can drag whichever feeds you want on “My Start Page” , whatever you choose to be prominent. Like Google Reader, Bloglines is more for you. But also similar is that Google Readers feed lists can also be shared and viewed by others simply by clicking the share button and/or using their cool Reader Widget that you can place on your personal blogs and sites (which also adds to the fresh content on your blog πŸ˜‰ and Bloglines sharing factor is a link like this one for others to see your personal Bloglines info:

http://www.bloglines.com/blog/Wavecritter

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Newsvine.com is a different sort of Social Bookmark Site. Newsvine really focuses on Headline, interesting “right now” news and articles. Find something great to post to Newsvine via their free to use toolbar button. Like StumbleUpon, these sites concentrate more on individual posts, news and articles, not necessarily ones you wrote πŸ™‚ Only found to include here in the mixx of Newsvine. So while you surf about and find the newest, most interesting articles, posts, and news stories, you can post them to your Newsvine page. If you are the first to post a particular story, you get to write a small description and get featured as the first to find this story πŸ™‚ Both Newsvine and Stumble Upon are similar in this.

Digg usually houses an online on the site button to Digg a story rather than having a toolbar button.

At Newsvine, Stumble Upon, and DiggΒ  friending is allowed, rather required at Digg though. Without friends at Digg who then Digg what you input into Digg, you are kind of left without many Digging your stuff πŸ™‚ So keep that in mind.

Now, don’t forget if you are ever having trouble posting content to your blogs, whether they be a journal, a blog on a social network, or a seperate blog site like Live Journal, Blogger, WordPress, Podbean, or Vox, Why not make a post about your chosen social bookmarking sites? Why you use them and what they have to offer.

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More Social Bookmarking sites to come πŸ™‚

Blogs and Social Networks

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



December 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, social bookmark, social bookmarking sites. Leave a comment.

Blogs and Social Networks MySpace Comment and Graphics Sites

On our Blog Talk Radio Show we talked about MySpace Comments and graphics Sites called MySpace and other Social Networks HTML Code Comments. We hit on which Social Networks take which comments, which blogs house and play the HTML comments, which sites to go to for great Christmas comments, Days of the Week graphics, Howdy’s, Happy Faces, Awesome Jesus Graphics, where to find Racy comments for someone you Love, Friendship Graphics, Quote comments and more.

Some of the HTML comment sites will more Racy or even negative HTML comments so we will try to give you the heads up on these sites. Most of the HTML comment and graphic sites have mass advertising as there HTML comments, graphics, and layouts are free to use, they then have a way to fund their sites πŸ™‚ Most also have some sort of autoplay video, songs, or something to also advertise those types of media. Many sites for HTML graphics and comments also have layouts, backgrounds, contact tables, generators, and much more.

MySpace Junks

MySpace Junks

You can Google Search MySpace Comments, MySpace Graphics, or HTML Coments for a massive listing but MySpaceJunks.com is the first site we covered on our show.

MySpace Junks for comments also work well on the blog social networks at Ning. Many comment sites do not work well on the Ning site at present but most of the ones we will list here are fine πŸ™‚ MySpace Junks Thank You 4 The Add Comments, located on the right column side, also give you a step by instruction, so no worries with this site and the how to questions, they have the answers here. Graphics here can be used on MySpace, Xanga, Friendster, Live Journal, and personal websites or the Ning blog social networks.Β  MySpace Junks has many awesome Christmas graphics so you won’t be stuck for a great one visiting this array of twenty-six pages of Christmas comments. They also have a good selection of Halloween, Easter, and St. Patricks Day graphics, with thirty pages of quotes as well. MySpace Junks has Carebears, Best Friends (BFF), and twenty-one pages of Happy Birthday comments. This site has only about a thirty percent content being somewhat on the racy side, so to avoid viewing any racy comments, don’t click on the catagories like sexy images, etc.

Pimp-My-Profile

Pimp-My-Profile

Pimp-My-Profile.com also has advertisements to fund their site, but again all of Pimp My Profile’s content is free to use. They have layouts as well for Friendster, MySpace, and The Forum Site. The “tweaking” feature here for layouts is beyond the best as it creates an area for non HTML users to actually fluff their profiles however they want. Pimp My Profile also has Spanish Language comments, an adder system that lets you post these graphic comments directly to MySpace pages, Friendster, Facebook, Orkut, Bebo, Tagged, WordPress, My Yearbook, and a long list of more blogs and social networks sites, also the BBCode to post on forum sites as well. Pimp My Profile has raining or falling graphic HTML codes that work great on MySpace, banner generators, surveys, and HTML generators who aren’t quite sure about HTML. At Pimp My Profile, look to the cool generators, layouts and tweaking them, and Spanish Language comments. They do not have a great selection where Christmas and religious comments come in, but it houses some of my personal favorite Thanks For the Add, Thanks, Thanks for the Comment Comments and layouts. About forty percent of the site is a bit on the mature side.

Wish A Friend

Wish A Friend

I have been visiting Wish A Friend for quite awhile and thought we would go over what they have to offer. First quote comments, beautiful Bible quotes, Christmas, and Halloween graphics, very family friendly site with very nearly a zero percent for racy comments and graphics. Good political comments are easy to find here as well, so if you are looking for an all inclusive, clean, family safe comments, polls, countdown clocks, calendars, poems, contact tables, raining or falling objects HTML code site, you have it with Wish A Friend. They have a choice of generators, clocks, Hi 5 layouts, MySpace smileys, Blogger templates, Friendster and Orkut fun, with an awesome selection choice. Ning blog social network friendly as well.

Cool Christian Graphics

Cool Christian Graphics

Onto Christian-MySpace-Layouts.com for some incredible choice layouts and graphics. This is a long to load sort of a site but is well worth the wait for selection. CoolChristianGraphics.com has some of the very best (my personal favorites are here) straight up Christian graphics around anywhere. A very large selection of the most unique and perfect Christian comments.

My Hot Comments

My Hot Comments

My Hot Comments has a great selection of Military comments, get well wishes, and comments for your significant others. My Hot Comments also has a good selection of ecards and layouts, but has a high percentage of more racy comments and graphics.

My Girly Space

My Girly Space

The very first HTML comment and graphic site I visited was My Girly Space and this site is loaded with smileys, 3D chat, flash animation, MySpace cursors, Friendster editor, layouts, generators, My Girly Space news, applications like the very popular Bumper Stickers and Funny Quote of the Day or Random Fact of the Day applications, and of course, graphics, comments, and HTML to spare with a racy percentage of between thirty and forty.

Sparkle Tags

Sparkle Tags

If you are looking for some unique, very cool HTML comments and graphics, Sparkle Tags will have just that. An outstanding choice of Military comments, generators, backgrounds, music skins, contact tables, and network banners along with Sparkle Tags videos and a host of great layouts. The fluttering butterfly graphics are very nice and hands down a winner. Sparkle Tags is also quite compatible with the Ning blog social networks, Hi 5, MySpace, Live Journal, and Friendster. They also have a free download toolbar for hot news, top links, online radio, fun gadgets, and a Google Search.

Comments Planet is a fairly high percentaged racy sort of site for anyone searching for a more mature comment or two.

Comments Heaven

Comments Heaven

A quick search for MySpace kids HTML comments and graphics found another great site, Comments Heaven. Free image hosting, quotes, greetings, sports, all about HTML graphics and comments here with a sprinkling of flash, MySpace, Hi 5 and Friendster layouts.

Profile Pitstop

Profile Pitstop

With Profile Pitstop you can create a map, get quotes, HTML generators, MySpace layouts sectioned and categorized for guys, girls, retro, and simple, with every kind of MySpace help for coding and in general you will need to get your MySpace page in order. This is the big plus at Profile Pitstop.

MySpace Picture Codes

MySpace Picture Codes

For a plethora of College Logo graphics, MySpace Picture Codes is the place that will house these HTML codes for you. Thirty one pages so your College is quite likely to be represented.

Now that you can locate these awesome profile comments and fun, leave a few on your friends pages to send them a smile, Happy Birthday, Good Monday, College Logo for their team, Thanks For The Add, or Get Well wishes. Some profiles are set to not accept HTML codes only text, these people are generally wishing to cut their page load times and some graphic images are in script instead of HTML. Many blogs and social networks don’t yet accept script. Blogger, Vox, Live Journal, Ning, and WordPress posts all like HTML graphic codes, so have fun with the coding.

Stephanie and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and Blogheiress Google Me πŸ˜‰

September 20, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, MySpace Graphics, Stephanie Haile, Wavecritter. Leave a comment.

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