19 October 2015

Genealogy Social Networking Day 19 - Genealogy Wise


Genealogy Wise is a genealogy specific social network. In this website there are groups, either location, topic or surname specific, forums, classes you can take (offered through The National Institute for Genealogical Studies), blog posts by members, instructional videos, and online chats. It's a bit like Facebook and forum websites combined, but just for genealogists. And with over 38,000 members, there are lots of people to connect with.
Within your profile on the site, you can list surnames you are researching as well as locations. You can also search through existing members to find others researching your same surnames and connect directly with them. There are groups for various surnames and locations (lots of surnames actually).
In the chat rooms, there are scheduled chats about specific subjects. There are also places for free chatting to ask questions, get help, and socialize with other genealogists. They also offer private chats which are one-on-one between people. This can be helpful if you are getting specific help on something, and it's faster than other messaging options.
There is a way to upload photos, but this isn't a photo sharing site, so keep them relevant, and you only get 100 photos. You can also upload up to 30 videos. If you have expert knowledge in a particular topic, you can create a video and upload it for easy sharing on the site. You can write blog posts and put them on the website. They will show up as a blog feed on your profile page as well as in the general blog posts feed.

Have you connected with others locally or with your surnames through Genealogy Wise?