I spent some time yesterday getting to know Google+. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s the new Google Social Network. It’s like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and others.
I created a couple of Circles including one for Genealogy Friends. Then I decided to put it to use.
I had a problem reading a census page. The occupation for one family member had numbers written over the top of it. The first word looked like “own” but the rest was unreadable.
I enlarged the page, then cropped out the undecipherable portion. I uploaded it as a photo and made it visible to my Genealogy Friends Circle. It wasn’t long before a couple of people commented on what the words my be. Randy at Genea-Musings figure out that it says “own income”. Once he suggested it, I could see that that was what it was!
This is a good example of how one might use Circles. I was able to get assistance from other genealogist, and fairly quickly. We all know that it’s good to get a second pair of eyes to look over documents from time to time. What’s great is I was able to ask those friends who would be interested, but I didn’t have to bother the rest of my friends and family who are usually yawning by the time I say “I found this working on my family tree…”
If you are using Google+, have you found any uses for the Circles? What do you think of this new addition to the social networking world?
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com