You already know that Facebook is a great place to share news and photos and to connect with old friends. But did you know that Facebook can also be a great place to connect with your ancestors—or at least to find the answers you need to connect your ancestors to your family tree? With FamilySearch’s Facebook groups, you can interact with other people tracing their families who lived in the same areas as your family and perhaps even break through your brick wall or help others break through theirs.
FamilySearch’s overview page, called “Genealogy Help on Facebook” is a great starting point. Mostly organized by location, it contains links to a variety of Facebook groups covering everything from Iowa to Thailand to genetics. Some groups included on the site are run through FamilySearch and some aren’t, but all offer opportunities to expand your genealogy knowledge—and success!
FamilySearch Regional and International Groups
Hoping to connect with someone who lives in the same town your family lived in for generations? Stuck on a family name that you just can’t seem to push back any farther? Wondering if there are any resources you might not be aware of for a certain county? If so, FamilySearch’s regional and international Facebook groups might be just what you need.
FamilySearch Regional Research Groups,the first section listed on the overview site, includes categories such as “U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research Community” and “Northern Europe Genealogy Community.” The website explains, “The FamilySearch regional research groups on Facebook were created to be collaborative environments where individuals researching the same general location could help one another reach their family history goals through asking and answering questions, sharing helpful resources and information.”
In the next section, International Research Pages and Groups, you’ll find pages for individual countries. In addition to the expected western European groups, you’ll also find groups covering a range of other countries, such as Guatemala, Madagascar, and Tonga. Many of these pages are in the language of the country. These groups are public, meaning anyone can read the questions and answers already posted. In order to post or make a comment though, you must join the group.