Benzie Area Genealogy Society

"Genealogists do not gather facts, but breathe life
into all  that have gone before them"
                 Family Tree Magazine

If you’re not on Facebook, you might not realize that there are over 9,000 genealogy-related groups and pages on Facebook.  And that only counts the ones where the primary language of communication is English!  

Here are a couple of ones that stand out

GENEALOGY handy FREE links-U.S.A. focused

Frugal Genealogy

Random Acts of Photo Restoration

The Ancestor Hunt- constantly adding new resources

Genealogy-handy FREE links - USA focused

Free Obituary Look Ups 

Genealogy Trees, Tips and Tricks

Tips for using Facebook- This post is not strictly about genealogy, but will definitely be helpful for those following genealogy groups on Facebook

The invaluable Genealogy on Facebook List updated Fall 2018. Compiled by talented genealogist Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Genealogy on Facebook List contains 10,600+ links to English-speaking Facebook groups & pages related to genealogy & history. Inspired by her success using Facebook to break down some of her brick walls, 

The list is arranged by location or subject. Links for locations on Facebook include virtually every country from Australia to Zimbabwe; U.S. locations are broken out by state. Subject links run the gamut from adoption to surnames. The links include subject groups that collaborate only on Facebook, and links to existing organizations, libraries, archives, societies and surname groups.
Please note that the first section of the list is a clickable table of contents – if you click on the country you’re interested it, you’ll be immediately directed to that portion of the list.  Also note that the links within the list are clickable and will take you directly to that page or group.

To be notified each time the list is updated, please “like” Katherine's  professional Facebook page at

To access her list click on the world map.

There are special groups for Canada, Australia and Germany as well. 

To access the lists
click on the images

Can you use Pinterest for Genealogy?

Everybody’s Pinning these days, but if you’re not one of the 70 million people on board with Pinterest yet, know that it’s a visual discovery tool. You gather photos (with a link back to where they came from) and organize them in on themed “bulletin boards.” People who share your interest can find your board and see what you’ve pinned there. It’s a great way to organize and keep track of your finds and to discover other genealogists with similar interests.

                                                      #1  – Pinterest as a Visual Search Engine for Genealogy

We all know the massive power of the search engine when it comes to finding answers to a wide array of questions, and genealogy research is certainly no exception. But Pinterest puts its own spin on the search engine by making it a primarily visual experience.
While not entirely unique, Pinterest’s search engine differs from similar search engines – like Google image search – in that it offers up results tailored to answer questions simply and directly.

The comparison below demonstrates this difference: using the search terms “free genealogy sites.” We searched both Google images and Pinterest. While the Google search turned up some very helpful images, the ability to quickly scan for the most relevant results is limited.
The Pinterest search, however, returned results that are designed to be useful at a glance. Pins are intended to make it clear to the viewer what they can expect from clicking on an image Whether it’s an article telling you how to find millions of immigration records or a list of 101 free genealogy websites, the genius of Pinterest makes these topics easily accessible.

                       Here are 8 additional ways Pinterest can enhance your genealogy research:
      Create a “place board,” a board that shows photos linking back to information about where your ancestors came from or lived, like these
      boards on 18th-century England and historic Philadelphia.

      Create a board for a particular ancestor or surname and keep your images there; not only will you have a visual record, but someone else

      might search that name and find you through your board.

      Follow other people’s Pinterest boards, such as this one that gathers up helpful genealogy tips like “what you can do with your genealogy

      research and the free Google Earth” or this pin with tips on decoding the 1841 UK census.

     For fun, peruse Pinterest boards full of genealogy quotes like Mark Twain’s “Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into     

     politics and your opponents will do it for you.” and “Only a genealogist regards a step backward as progress.”

     Check out Ancestry’s How-To board.

     Watch videos (such as, “How to find a grave,” “What’s new at Ancestry,” “Discovering your Quaker Ancestors”) at Ancestry’s videos board.

     Read about  genealogy conferences, genealogy databases, genealogy methodology, and more.

      Check out this collection of Pinterest “pin it” buttons, which you can install on your browser to make it easy to pin something you find on the          web, Pinterest widgets, and mobile versions.

                       A great source to help you get started using Pinterest for Genealogy is:   Genealogy Girl Talks