Re: Facebook as a genealogical resource #general

Schelly Talalay Dardashti

I was dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook by the large genealogy
blogging community, of which I'm very proud to be a long-standing member
(nearly three years in blogging years is many more in human years!).

Oy vey - I thought - something new to learn.

I jumped in - despite some trepidation - and before a week was up,
three relatives had found me. Two were TALALAI cousins who had
originally lived in Russia and were now resident near Mainz, Germany.
I had their names on lists, but we had never made contact.
One found me on FB and the rest, as they say, is history.

The third was a Mogilev -> Riga cousin who has lived in Germany,
the US and elsewhere. We lost touch a few years ago, and he was
the next to find me. Now I know he has three children (back then
he had only one) and the family is living in Moscow.

Far-off Persian cousins have also contacted me.

There have been many family connections and reconnections made
since I joined, including a dear American friend >from our Teheran
days. We had not seen each other since we left Iran in 1978.
This was a joyous reunion as we shared details of our lives since
then and we're making plans to get together on my next trip to the US.

The bottom line is that many connections can be made. And as more
people join Facebook, opportunities increase.

If you are a non-techie, which categorizes me pretty well, don't
be afraid of getting involved in Facebook or Twitter. It really
isn't hard, and the genealogical benefits may substantially outweigh
the not-that-rigorous learning curve.

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog

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