Project 7 Goals:  1: Webinars   2: Tablets and Smartphones   3: Social Media   4: MyHeritage Technology        SEARCH

Project 6: Technology

Explore the use of technology in
family history, including devices,
social media, and software.

  Tracker:   Online  or  Online  or  Word  

Goal 1: Access webinars for family history research. Vault

Webinars are live audio or video events hosted online, often for free. They are a great source for current genealogy knowledge and practices, delivered by family history experts.


AExplore sites with webinars for family history.

  1. Here's an introduction to genealogy webinars and online seminars.
    AB—Genealogy Webinars and Online Seminars
  2. 2017-10-06
  3. Access the GeneaWebinars site for a calendar of upcoming free webinars (online classes) for family history.
  4. Access past webinars and handouts at the FamilySearch Family History Library. You can also see upcoming webinars from the Library.
  5. Access the BYU Family History Library webinars.
  6. Access the Legacy Family Tree webinars for free classes.
  7. Additional webinar series include the Southern California Genealogical Society and the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Instructor Tips

BParticipate in webinars and streaming events.

  1. Here are five tips for experiencing a successful live streaming event.
    FS—5 Tips for Live Stream
  2. To learn how to conduct a free webinar, read the article or watch the video.
    How to Host a Live Webinar for Free, Using Google Hangouts

    How to Host a Live Webinar Using Google Plus—13:40

Goal 2: (Optional) Use tablets and smartphones for doing genealogy work.

Tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices offer much of the functionality of laptop computers, with smaller size and greater flexibility.


A Use apps for doing family history.

Here are some helpful links for using iPhones, iPads, etc., in doing family history

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List: Mobile Devices.
  2. Search the Google Play store for free and low-cost genealogy apps for Android devices.
  3. See this link for apps on both Apple and Android.
  4. See also the App Gallery Goals in Projects 1–6.

BGet tips for mobile devices, cloud computing, etc.

  1. Learn how to use mobile apps for FamilySearch Family Tree and Memories.
    BYU—Adding Memories with Smart Phone Apps—13:05
  2. Learn about using smartphone apps to add Memories in FamilySearch.
    BYU—Adding Memories with Smart Phone Apps—13:05
  3. Watch this webinar for advice on taking your genealogy mobile.
    BYU—Taking Your Genealogy Mobile—57:00
  4. Learn about cloud computing solutions for genealogists.
    BYU—Cloud Computing Solutions for Genealogists—60:00

Goal 3: Use social media to further your family history work.

There are many social media tools you can use to communicate with others and share your progress and accomplishments.


AUse Google.

Note: Basic Google searches are covered in Project 4: Discover, Goal 4, Choice C.

  1. Watch this series of videos on how to use Google effectively:
    Part One—10:38 Part Two—9:13 Part Three—7:11 Part Four—6:57 Part Five—9:28 Tips and Tricks—9:15
  2. Watch this video on using free Google eBooks for your family history.
    YT—Free Google eBooks for Genealogy—3:21

BUse YouTube.

  1. Use these resources to help with using YouTube videos for your family history.
    FS—Getting Started to YouTube Your Family History

    FS—YouTube Your Family History—44:43
  2. Here is a sample list of YouTube channels with helpful videos on family history:
Instructor Tips

CUse Facebook.

  1. Read this article for ideas on using Facebook for your family history.
    FS—Facebook is Family History
  2. Access these Facebook articles on the FamilySearch Wiki. The first is an overview of using Facebook for genealogy; the second discusses research groups on Facebook.
    FS—Facebook Genealogy
    | FS—Genealogy Help on Facebook
  3. Access the Ancestry page on Facebook.
  4. For an overview of the Ancestry Facebook page features, watch this video.
    AC—Ancestry Facebook Page—8:00
  5. Watch this video to learn about creating a Facebook group for genealogy.
    BYU—Creating a Facebook Group—13:35
  6. Reach out to your Facebook friends and collaborate with your family history projects and questions.
  7. Use the Genealogy on Facebook file to search for Facebook pages related to family history.
Instructor Tips

DUse Twitter.

  1. Read this article for ideas on using Twitter for your family history.
    FS—What Your Grandchildren Wish You Would Have Tweeted
  2. Watch this Ancestry video for ideas on using Twitter in genealogy (ad can be skipped).
    AC—Twitter for Genealogy—30:00

EUse Pinterest.

  1. Read these articles to learn how to use Pinterest with family history.
    FS—The Power of Pinterest for Family History
    | FS—Can You Use Pinterest for Genealogy?
  2. Learn more about Pinterest and family history in this Ancestry blog.
    AC—Using Pinterest for Genealogy
  3. Learn how to build an ancestor timeline on Pinterest.
    BYU—Ancestor Timeline on Pinterest—8:48

FUse Instagram.

  1. Learn how to use Instagram with family history.
    FS—3 Ways to Use Instagram for Family History

    BYU—Instagram—12:50 to

Goal 4: Use technology from MyHeritage.


ALear about the free MyHeritage mobile app.

  1. Read the download instructions and other FAQs for the mobile app.
    MH—Family Tree on Mobile
  2. Learn about MyHeritage mobile app features.
    MH—Mobile App Features
  3. Learn about MyHeritage mobile app settings.
    MH—Mobile App Settings
  4. Learn about MyHeritage Discoveries on the mobile app.
    MH—Discoveries on Mobile
  5. Learn about using photos with the MyHeritage mobile app.
    MH—Photos on Mobile

BFollow MyHeritage on social media.

  1. Follow MyHeritage on Facebook.
  2. Follow MyHeritage on Twitter.
  3. Follow MyHeritage on Google Plus.