This blog, Heritage Happens, is to share my genealogy, research, and the making of current family history. Through this blog I have been fortunate to make contact with several new cousins from several different lines. I have used Facebook to keep in touch with many other bloggers, family members, friends and to promote some of my blog posts from one or the other blog. If you are unaware, I also have the blog, The Graveyard Rabbits of South Alameda County. I have used Twitter to advertise my blog posts, primarily. I don't spend as much time on Twitter, although there are many genealogists that do. I wish I could spend more time there, but in order for me to be able to do that, I think I need to be cloned first!
I can now say that Facebook has officially been the contact site for the latest cousin I have met! This is the first time I have made contact with a new relative on Facebook. It turns out this cousin first found me from this blog and then decided to make contact with me on Facebook. Late Friday afternoon my new cousin and I had a wonderful chat via Facebook. I can't tell you how it made each of us feel. Technology these days, wow! Not that long ago, you waited for contact from someone via snail mail. Then, maybe, you exchanged phone numbers and eventually contacted each other via air waves. Not now a days! Almost immediate contact, possible chats and phone numbers exchanged in seconds.
Sometimes I feel I have to many avenues to keep up with on the Internet. I have several email addresses, all for different uses. Just checking them on a daily basis can be a challenge sometimes. Then you add the social networking sites, the sites you pay for and learn from, all the other blogs and websites, etc...and you have the makings for a busy schedule!
Times like this tells me it really pays off to be doing everything that I am doing. Sometimes I can't do all I wish I could, especially when it comes to leaving comments on others blogs, still a tough one for me to get to. Or following up on something someone has shared with me...my heart is there for all of this... however there still isn't enough hours in a day for me.
My main point to all of this... many thanks goes to Facebook for being there so I was able to make a new family connection! Social networking, it is a must do! So, maybe I post a lot on Facebook according to some, but I won't be changing that any time soon!
Are you practicing social networking?
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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!