Have you heard of Web 2.0? Do you know how it applies to genealogical research? The Family History Library has developed a new resource to help you learn. First, here is an overview of Web 2.0, clouds, and Genealogy 2.0.
The term Web 2.0 refers to interactive Internet applications that make it easy to share information and collaborate. The term really took hold when Tim O’Reilly empowered its use at the O’Reilly Media Web 2.0 Conference in 2004, after earlier references to the term by others in various arenas. Ideas on how to use the “Web as a platform” were shared and the groundwork was laid for what we call “the cloud” today. If you place the term “Web 2.0” in a search engine, the number of hits is astounding and, true to the O’Reilly conference, the World Wide Web of 2010 is nothing like it was in 2004.
The ability to interact with other individuals over the Internet has made collaboration a reality. Genealogy is definitely enhanced when you can collaborate with family members, hence the term “Genealogy 2.0”. The cloud refers to interactive web applications like blogs, wikis, Flickr, FindaGrave, forums, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, family trees, tagging, and so much more. All of these new applications can become overwhelming, and yet each one can help someone with their family history research.
Taking the time to try and learn about all these new tools can become a daunting task. However, the Family History Library has developed a great resource to help anyone learn about them. It is called “Learning 2.0 – Discover…Explore…Share,” and is located at https://fch.ldschurch.org/WWSupport/23things. Here you will find a 10-week step-by-step guide through all of the above listed applications, plus many others. You can ask questions and leave comments for others to see as they learn all about Genealogy 2.0.
Remember that lifelong learning is the key to maintaining an active mind and discovering new ways to enhance one’s family history research skills.