As more and more genealogy organizations create profiles (called fan pages) on Facebook, you can keep tabs on societies, repositories and businesses just as easily as you stay in touch with friends.
Once you’ve “fanned” an organization (see how-tos at the end of this post), its status updates show up in your feed just like your friends’ updates do. They’ll include fun facts, resource highlights, research tips, news, event information, sale announcements and requests for feedback. On the organization’s page, you’ll see wall posts from other fans who share your interests.
Here are some types of organizations to consider fanning (to give you examples, I’ve included links to some fan pages I found):
- Your local library and libraries where you’re researching, such as the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (whose Virtual Library is on Facebook) and the Houston Public Library
- Genealogical societies based where you live and where your ancestors lived, for example, the California Genealogical Society and Library and New England Historic Genealogical Society
- History museums, such as the Cincinnati Museum Center, Missouri History Museum, and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- Heritage and history organizations such as the Germans from Russia Heritage Society
- Businesses and products, such as Footnote, the “History Detectives” tv show, and, of course, Family Tree Magazine
You can fan an organization by going to its fan page and clicking the “Become a fan” button at the top:
If your feed tells you that your friend Joe Smith became a friend of the Springfield History Museum, you can click the accompanying link to become a fan, too, or to visit the museum’s fan page. Similarly, if you get a notification that someone suggested you become a fan of an organization, you’ll see a “Become a fan” link and a “Learn more” link.
To search for fan pages, type an organization’s name into the search box in the upper right corner of your Facebook page.
If you want to unfan an organization, that’s easy, too: Just go to the fan page and click “Remove me from fans” near the bottom of the left margin.