JGS of Maryland June 24 program #general

Susan Steeble

Jewish Genealogy Society of Maryland

Speaker: Tammy Hepps
Title: "Technology for Cousin Bait That Works"
Date and Time: Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Pikesville Library's meeting room, 1301 Reisterstown Rd,
Pikesville, MD

Please join us on Sunday, June 24, 2018, to hear Tammy Hepps present
"Technology for Cousin Bait That Works."

Cousin bait is the public information trail you leave for people
researching the same ancestors as you to find you. Making connections
to fellow researchers is every genealogist's dream, not only because
it gives you a research buddy, but also because each new buddy can
provide you with information you may have never found otherwise. But
in the Internet age, creating that trail means understanding how
search engines work. Content that may seem intriguing to you as a
genealogist may fail to meet the criteria of content search engines.
This talk will begin with a basic introduction to SEO, search engine
optimization, to demonstrate the qualities your digital cousin bait
will need to have. The bulk of the talk will cover specific examples
from different, popular techniques for posting content online to
evaluate the likelihood of their making your content findable.
Finally, safety considerations around making your content findable
will be discussed.

Tammy A. Hepps is a technologist, genealogist, and storyteller. The
creator of Treelines.com, a family story-sharing website and winner of
the RootsTech Developer Challenge, she lectures internationally about
combining creative research, cutting-edge technology, and meaningful
storytelling to make family history more engaging. She is also
conducting original research into the Jewish community of Homestead,
PA, once the leading steel town in the United States. Professionally,
she has nearly two decades of experience managing the entire product
and software development life cycles in a diverse range of industries
for companies ranging >from early-stage startups to Fortune 500

The program is free for paid members and $5 for non-members (applied
to membership fee when a visitor joins JGSMD) after their first
meeting. Refreshments will be available. Please check our web site at
www.jgsmd.org for late updates and for the time, location, and program
of future meetings.

Susan Steeble
JGSMD Public Relations

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