Welcome to 24/7 Family History Circle!Â I hope you enjoy your visit. When I first learned about the plans for the new newsletter and blog, I wasnâ€™t sure what to think. But I attacked it much like I tackle my research problems. I went to the bookstore and bought several books on blogging.Â My credit cards are still smoking. By the time I made my way through the first book I was truly excited about the prospect.
This online forum opens up possibilities for things that just werenâ€™t possible with just the newsletter. Not only can we feature the same types of articles, tips and quotes that our readers have become accustomed to, but we can also include pictures and images of records. For example, the image in the section titled, The Year Was 1847, allows us to give you a peek into the Historical Maps collection at Ancestry.com.Â As I gain proficiency with the tools, you will see more records andÂ images from Ancestry.com databases. Iâ€™ll even be sharing images of my own, like this one taken on one of my flower boxes last summer and the one featured in the Weekly Planner section. (BTW, I normally donâ€™t keep these special heirlooms out in the open like that. Theyâ€™re normally out of the sun and in a closed cabinet. They just came out for the photo op.)
In addition, most of the posts in the blog allow for comments, allowing you to participate and contribute your own experiences to help other researchers.Â You can send me suggestions directly at [email protected].
Now a few notes about the blog and how to navigate it:
- Although it isnâ€™t obvious, by clicking on any of the titles on the main page, you can access the full text of that post.Â This is where you can add your comments or print out the post.
- Most images can be enlarged by clicking on them.
- To get back to the home page from any page in the blog, click on the 24/7 Family History Circle street sign at the top of each page.
- On the right sidebar, youâ€™ll find a list of categories. As we begin adding exclusive content to the blog, youâ€™ll begin to see more categories appear. We have plans to add a section for Kids and Families, Preservation, and due to the success of the recent tips about favorite movies and books, weâ€™ll also have a Book and Movie Club, where we can exchange movies weâ€™ve seen and books weâ€™ve read that relate to our family history. Weâ€™ll be adding others as we go along.
- There is also an archive by date, just below the categories.
- In upcoming posts weâ€™ll discuss some options for those of you who would like to receive notification whenever something is posted to the blog through RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Feeds. I know that sounds like itâ€™s anything but â€œsimple,â€ but itâ€™s not that difficult. For those of you who are interested, weâ€™ll walk you through the steps. If youâ€™re ready to dive in now, Dick Eastman explains it very well in his blog at:
To wrap up, this is a work in progress and it will continue to evolve in response to your suggestions and needs. Iâ€™m still in the learning stages and will be grateful for your help!
Have a great day!