Facebook as a genealogical resource #general

Martin Fischer

I recently wrote an article for my family history Web site,
martinfischer.webs.com, explaining how I was invited to a distant
cousin's funeral via Facebook just a few weeks after I had
established contact with her for the first time through that
popular social networking site.

(She was descended >from my FISCHER, SLUPSKY and KOBER ancestors.)

You can read the article at

Martin Fischer
Oak Park, Illinois, USA

Judy Simon

I have also connected or re-connected with many relatives through
Facebook. Another good tip for using Facebook, particularly when
relatives are older: contact their children or grandchildren on
Facebook. Even if I know only a few names in their family, I can tell
if the family is the one I am looking for by looking at their Facebook
friends; if they have just one other friend who is on our family tree,
then I know I have the right family.

Judy Simon
Stony Brook, NY

researching: BROZGOL >from Rezekne, Latvia and Barcelona, Spain;
KELMER, LEFKOWITZ, MEZELSOR, OLSTEIN >from the Lodz area, Poland

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

Bob Kosovsky

I'm sure many of us either use or have heard about Facebook. But
I don't think I've seen mention of Facebook as a genealogical resource.
I'm personally not terribly fond of Facebook but use it because others

Back in 1993-4, I had a brief correspondence with an emigrant >from
Belarus, living in Australia. He wrote to me solely because of my
surname, wondering if we were related. I didn't have the answer then,
so our correspondence broke off. When I tried to contact him a few
years later, he had apparently moved and I my letters returned unopened.

With the advent of the web, I kept searching for him every 6 months,
to no avail. I tried online city and phone directories of Australia
with no luck.

Then a few months ago I thought I would try Facebook. Bingo. He was
there. Now I know he is a relative (my 4th cousin) and exchanged lots
of new information with him. He has a knack for just going to people
and asking about relationships, so he was able to find even more distant
relatives on Facebook. And he was able to confirm relatives out of
people of whom I had only suspicions.

So finding him was a treat: I not only found that he was related,
but that he had found other people where I had not.

In short, Facebook can be a powerful tool for seeking people.

Bob Kosovsky, New York City, seeking any and all permutations/locations of:
KOSOW, KOSSOVE, etc. and other derivatives; >from Slutsk: GELFAND, DAVIDSON;


It is interesting that you should mention using Facebook as a
genealogical tool. I wrote a helpful hint for Ancestry.com's
newsletter stating how I have used Facebook to help me find many of
the cousins on my family tree who were once just names. As my tree
grows and I learn of more people, I check on Facebook to see if they
are on and then it is easier to strike up a connection if you can
either chat with them or contact them via an email.

Sharon F. Yampell
South Jersey suburb of Philly