10 Ways to Enhance Your Family History With Video
6/14/2011
Online video has become seriously popular, and it can bring you genealogy benefits as well as giggles. Tune in for 10 ways online video can amp up your family history research.

Have you seen the laughing-baby video on YouTube? If not, you're in rare company: "Hahaha" has been viewed 178 million times -- that's more views than people who live in Russia, Japan or Mexico. Online video has become seriously popular, and it can bring you genealogy benefits as well as giggles. Tune in for 10 ways online video can amp up your family history research.

1. Learn about your ancestors' world.
Were your great-grandparents alive in 1918? If so, they faced not only a world at war, but also the Spanish Flu pandemic. Major events such as these are perfect topics to search on YouTube. To zero in on what you're looking for, you can use the same search "operators" you employ when searching Google (which owns YouTube). For example, searching on Spanish Flu Pandemic 1918 history brings up about 90 video results. Add -H1N1 (to exclude the term H1N1 from results), and the list shrinks to 50.