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Friday, December 28, 2018

#52ancestors Post Thirty-Eight: Unusual Sources

I am trying to finish the writing prompts for #52ancestors (in 52 weeks). There are only 3 days left in the year and I have three posts left. 

I postponed the completion of post-thirty-eight as I had a particular topic in mind to match the writing prompt Unusual Sources; however, the topic will take much research, some letter writing, and too many hours to complete this year. 

My most unusual source and unbelievable find was a photo of a Confederate soldier on Facebook that matched an unidentified Confederate soldier in a photo shared with me. I wrote about that find in 2016 - Friday's Photo: Thanks to Facebook, a Confederate Soldier is Identified.

Until that valuable find, Facebook was not on my go-to list of sources. This find showed me the value of Facebook in my genealogical searches. Now, when searching for a particular person, I always look for their surname on Facebook as there may be Facebook Groups or Facebook Pages devoted to that family. 

I created Facebook Groups for descendants of my Hairston, Bryan, Giddens, and Quinn/Murray families. This is a good way to get other family members interested in family history and also a way to share information.  

Looking for Facebook groups or pages related to a locality is also a great way to learn new information and find others researching your families. You might find a Facebook page for a genealogy society or historical society related to a particular location. 

Cyndi's List has a wealth of good information about using Facebook for Genealogy. 

Check out Katherine R. Wilson's Genealogy on Facebook list. This 300+ page document, containing more than 13,000 links related to genealogy and history, is organized by topic (location, surname, etc.) and has an easy to use clickable table of contents. 

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Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

Photograph of John Lawson Wimberly from the collection of Ken Shively. Used with permission. 

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