Sep 102011
 
I have spent the last week and a half recuperating from a medical procedure and am, therefore a little behind.  I’ve been reading blogs, but not writing.  As a result I am doing two weeks worth in one blog post.
Week 9′s task was to participate in an online genealogy group – either joining one or spending 10-15 minutes participating in a group for which I am already a member. Thanks to the work of Tonia Kendrick and Valerie Elkins a new online study group has formed focused on Val Greenwood’s The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy and Szucs and Luebking’s The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy. This should prove to be an exciting opportunity. I have joined and waited (lurked) as everyone is coming on board. I look forward to significant participation in the weeks and months to come.
The task for Week 10 is: 
  1. Get started monitoring!  Make a list of search topics relevant to your blog and/or research.  Test them out in Google to make sure you get the results you want.  Remember, exact phrases can go in quotes to give you more targeted results.
  2. Set up some alerts.  Let us know what service(s) you used and some of the keywords you chose in the comments.
I have set up a number of Google Alerts. I have 14 alerts – 10 are “surname + genealogy” alerts and 3 are “location + genealogy” alerts. The surnames used are: Barthel, Brenner, Cole, Deeter, Knepper, Messerall, Mieding, Renkenberger, Smith, and Welk. The locations use are: Columbiana County (Ohio), Mahoning County (Ohio), Youngstown + Ohio, and Youngstown. While setting up the Youngstown alerts I found a website (“The Youngstown Genealogy Website”) that I had not seen before.   
I also took a quick look at Scoop.it, Paper.li, and Technorati Watchlist but have decided to stick with Google Alerts for the time being.  [To be noted:  Technorati had discontinued "watchlists."]

  One Response to “#31WBGB: Two Weeks Worth”

  1. I'm glad Google Alerts are working for you. The point of the different options is that each person will be attracted to different things. Google Alerts and Twitter are my preferred ways to keep up with the world of genealogy.

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