- Old photos: Create online photo boards of your ancestors with information about them.
- Timelines: Pin images in chronological order related to an ancestor’s life or important family event.
- Grandma’s recipes: Create a virtual cookbook by pinning photos of favorite recipes and writing a brief story about each dish.
- Family stories: Build a story board with a series of old family photos about an event in your family’s history.
You might be surprised at how easy it is to share your family history this way—and once you get started, how addictive “pinning” family history favorites can be. The site also can help you connect with other researchers and, because of its broad reach and visual appeal, nongenealogist relatives. Begin using Pinterest for family history in five easy steps.
1. Set up your account.
Visit the Pinterest home page and click Join Pinterest. You can sign up using your Facebook or Twitter account, or use your email address. If you decide to use Facebook or Twitter, be sure you’re already signed in to those accounts, then click the button for either one. You’ll get a screen asking you to give Pinterest permission to access specific areas of your account. For Facebook, this means that Pinterest will post in your Likes section, but you can regulate what content gets posted to Facebook in the Settings section (see step 2).
2. Complete your profile.
- Search Privacy: Here, you can choose whether others can find your Pinterest profile via Google and other search engines. The Off setting means you do want others to find you; On means you don’t.
- Social Networks: Review your settings for how Pinterest interacts with your Facebook and/or Twitter account. Use the Publish Activity on Facebook Timeline to share your Pinterest content with others on Facebook.
- Email Settings and Notifications: Under Settings, enter your email address and then click Email Settings b. Here, you can regulate the types of email notifications you receive from Pinterest. I recommend starting with the default settings, then deciding if you’re receiving too many notifications. I set the Frequency to Once Daily and turn off Activity Email so I won’t receive Pinterest news and updates.
3. Create your boards
4. Start pinning.
What’s a pin? Well, staying with the bulletin board analogy, a pin represents a “find” or something you like that you want to remember and display. Just like an actual bulletin board, Pinterest gives you an easy place to store that item.
- Your pin must include an image. Pinterest is a visual-based site.
- Pins are clickable. When users see someone’s pin they think is interesting, they can click on it to get more information on a website or blog.
- You should include a description. While a good image will attract attention, be sure you also describe the pin so others will understand the image (and you’ll remember why you pinned it).
To add a pin a., click Add at the top right. In the window that pops up, select Add a Pin or Upload a Pin.
Many blogs and websites feature Pin It buttons so you can easily pin content you find there. If you don’t find one, look for a Share or More button and see if Pinterest is listed. If not, simply copy the link and pin to one of your boards. Commercial websites are increasingly catching on to Pinterest, too, but note that many subscription genealogy sites don’t allow members to pin paid content to Pinterest. In addition, posting an image of a record might violate the company’s terms of service. Review the terms before you pin and contact the company if in doubt.
5. Interact with other pinners.
- Repin: To add the pin to one of your own boards, hover over it, click Repin and select one of your boards.
- Like: Click the Like button, and a link to the pin will appear under Likes on your Profile menu.
- Comment: Give an opinion about the pin or board via the Comment button. Your note will be displayed below the pin.
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