Google+ Success Story

Google+ Success Story

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?

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