Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blogs - They Can Help Your Reseach

The word "blog" is short for web log...a "log" that you keep on the "web", or Internet. Blogs can be compared to newsletters, magazines, or emails. A person with knowledge about a particular subject can "post" information in a blog. 

Information is added to a blog with the most recent post at the top of the page. You can scroll down through the blog to read the posts, clicking at the bottom of the page to reveal more posts. Sometimes there is a "blog archive", a "search box", or a list of  "labels" on a blog that can help you find content you're interested in reading.

By reading genealogy blogs you can learn new methods to research, record, and share your family history. Sometimes blogs have links to other websites or to other blogs that can help you learn more.

Here is a list of a few blogs that might help you with research:

You can do a Google search to find more blogs. Just enter something like "Top Genealogy Blogs" into the search box. (No quotation marks necessary.)

If you like a blog you're reading, you can click on "Follow" or "Subscribe". You can then set up a "dashboard" or a "reader" to read new posts without having to go back to the blog repeatedly. All of the blogs you "follow" or "subscribe to" are stored neatly in one place so that you can read new posts on all of them without having to click around the Internet.

This is what the "Subscibe" button often looks like. It often says "RSS Feed"

Sometimes it looks like this.

The arrow is pointing to the "follow" button that can be found on some blogs. It's a bit different than a subscription, but will still create an area where you can read many blogs in one place.

Get in touch with me if you'd like to set up a "Reader" or a "Dashboard". In less than 30 minutes you can be reading blogs like a pro!

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