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:
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.
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.”]