“Sharing Your Family History Research”-Sandra Porter

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Date(s) - 08/13/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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**this will be a Zoom online meeting. We will not meet in person for our August meeting.
Sandra Maciejewski Porter enjoys puzzling over family history and fitting in pieces over time. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she started in 1991 seeking relatives in the United States and Canada and published a book about more than three hundred descendants of her immigrant ancestors. She has written articles for the PGSNYS journal Searchers about her study of her ancestors and their families in the Prussian (German) and Russian partitions of Poland in the 19th century. DNA analysis has added another dimension to her research. She now lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and blogs about her discoveries at myfamilyhistoryresearch.wordpress.com.

“Sharing Your Family History Research”

Collecting data is only part of being a family historian. Once you have solved some puzzles, what are you going to do with the information you have found? Just as there are a variety of ways to research family history, with paper, computers, and online records, there are many ways to share your family history. Paper may involve scrapbooks, family newsletters, pamphlets, books, or submitting articles to genealogy and history publications. If you have lots of pictures or audio and visual records, a multimedia presentation can show them off. Some families share information with relatives in websites, Facebook groups, or other social media platforms. Others blog stories of their long-dead ancestors and their research techniques. Many researchers share their trees online with Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, WikiTree, or other sites. There are some caveats, such as protecting the privacy of living individuals and not plagiarizing other peoples’ creative content, but the only wrong thing to do is to not share your family history!