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Too anti-social for social networking?

9 Jul

I am finding it very hard to get excited about the latest social networking website Genealogy Wise. I nearly signed up yesterday morning, but thought I would have to take some time to read their privacy policy first so didn’t bother. However I think it is apathy that is stopping me signing up now.

I couldn’t be bothered with Myspace, far too messy and noisy for my liking. I do have a Facebook account, but I only go on there to play Scrabble these days, and that application nearly cripples my PC now, so that probably won’t last much longer. If my friends wanted to be reunited with me then they could probably find me without the need for a website, and if they couldn’t, well that probably wasn’t a bad thing.

I have no need for a Second Life (there is not enough time in the day for the first one) and no PC that would cope with it anyway. I have never felt the urge to Tweet or follow anyone else, so I don’t see why I should start now. I don’t even have my family tree online, although I know I probably should.

Come to think of it I am not even sure why I am blogging either? But please don’t let me spoil the party. I have nothing against Genealogy Wise or any of the other social networking sites (or their users), but I do find it increasingly harder to find much (if any) enthusiasm for any of them.

Perhaps it is being a restrained Englishman that does it, or perhaps it is being a simple country boy that makes me want to run in the opposite direction from a frenzied crowd of social networkers.

So if you don’t mind I will leave you all to your groups and discussions, you all carry on poking each other (or whatever it is you youngsters do these days) and I’ll go and have a quiet sit down in the corner and read a book or perhaps do some research, and if you could keep the noise down a bit that would be marvellous. Thank you.

Help! I’ve run out of genealogy events this year!

7 May

When I looked in my diary last night it appeared that I had no more family history events to attend this year! Can that really be true? It certainly looks that way, no more large family history events in south-east England this year. Surely I must have missed something?

It has been a busy four (and a bit) months, two local family history fairs, the Sussex Family History Group conference, Who Do You Think You Are Live and last weekend The Family History Event.

Perhaps this is a good thing, it will give my wallet chance to recover and I have no shortage of other things to do with my time, but I will miss spending time in the company of other genealogists and listening to expert lectures.

All is not lost, perhaps all I need to do is cast my net a little wider. Maybe I could travel further a field within England, like the National Family History Fair at Gateshead in September.

There are probably some smaller events and lectures going on, not necessarily full days, that I could attend and maybe not just family history, but local and general history as well.

Then again perhaps I don’t need to travel at all, perhaps I could get more involved in some of the online communities, although I think my ageing PC will probably not be up to the likes of Second Life.

Of course there is always Roots Television, there is probably enough content on there to keep me occupied for several days, some of the presentations may not be strictly relevant to my research but I am sure they will be interesting nevertheless.

Actually in retrospect it looks like things could be getting quite busy again! If you have any suggestions for genealogy or history events in England (or online) that I (and my readers) could attend then leave me details in a comment.

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