Monday, April 23, 2007

Why your genealogy society should blog

DearMYRTLE, your friend in genealogy


If getting the word out is what you need to do, then encourage your local genealogy society to start its own blog.

1. Go to and sign up for free blog space.
2. Assume the default blog format, and make postings about society events, favorite links, etc.
3. Be sure to include words like:
-- Name of your society
-- Full dates, times of calendar events
-- City & state
-- genealogy, family history, roots, ancestry

Since Google owns Blogger, within 5 minutes of your blog posting Google picks up on the posting.
This means that when anyone uses Google to search for word or phrase you've mentioned in your blog, a link to your blog posting will come up with a high-level match.

1. Customize your blogger by choosing another design template.
2. Decide if you want to accept posting from others or not.
3. Provide a link to the blog on thesociety's website.
4. Explain how to susbcribe to the new blog using FeedBlitz, (rated a snap by DearMYRTLE readers) at the society's next meeting and on the society's website.

PS - Google Alert, mentioned in DearMYRTLE's blog earlier this month will send out an alert within 5 minutes or so of a posting. You can see that BLOGGING is a great way to spread the word about your society's genealogical activities.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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