There is a gap between how we have done family history in the past and how it will be done in the future.
The old…how we have done family history in the past. We used to write a lot. We used to read newspapers and magazines to get our information. To gather records for our genealogy we used census records, old photos, birth certificates and newspapers
The new…how we are doing it now. It’s called the internet. The internet has completely changed the way we do things. We get our news from the internet. We fill out information on line. Then we share it. We get likes. We can make comments or ask questions. We interact. We are a part of each other’s lives online.
How different our family history would be if our ancestors would have had social media. Think of the information we would have about them. There would be so much information. So many stories about their lives and photos that we would now have access to.
Most of us are using Facebook at least once a day. Facebook is second most popular website in the world. That is impressive since it has only been around for 10 years. With Facebook, you can keep up with the latest news on your friends and family. There are over 1 billion active monthly users on Facebook. On average, people spend 700 billion minutes on Facebook every month with an average of 20 minutes per visit. Facebook has become a 21st century journal. For many people Facebook is family history.
Young people are telling their stories on Facebook. They tag people. They are posting photos that document their lives. We know their history and it includes the dates, facts and how they feel about what is happening in the world.
Social media is one very important tool that future generations the world over will use to remember us. Facebook is people getting excited about family history. Embrace it!
This blog post was contributed by Gary and Maggie Stevens.