52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2023: Week 6 -Social Media

NOTE: I accepted the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge headed by fellow genealogy blogger Amy Johnson Crow in January 2023. The idea behind this challenge is that you will receive email prompts, a word or phrase, every week, and you find something about your research or family history to write about.  I write in a journal about all the prompts, but I blog about at least one prompt a month.  Click HERE to read about how I have incorporated this challenge in my blogging.

I remember a time when my family received a copy of our local newspaper in the morning and in the evening. I remember getting the the TV guide in the mail and going through it and marking all the shows and movies that I wanted to watch that week. I remember listening to the radio on snowy mornings waiting to see if school was going to be closed. I also remember getting the Sears and JC Penny catalogs in the mail and choosing what I wanted for back to school and Christmas. Those are memories that I have from my childhood and teenage years. All of those are a thing of the past, that I now access from the apps on my smart phone.

Social media is defined as websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. I remember when I first posted on FaceBook back in 2009, it was about me going to President Obama’s first inauguration. Social media has changed a lot since then. Now there’s FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Tik Tok, blogs, podcasts, and so much more. No matter what your interest is, you can find a group, video, or photo of what you are interested in with a touch of a button.

Social media has allowed me to share my research with my family and friends. But little did I know that there would be people that I have never met around the world that would be not only interested, but so supportive and encouraging of me and this research journey all because of something I shared on social media. It is because of social media that I have been a RootsTech Influencer for the past for years. It is because of social media that I have an article published in the July/August 2022 issue of Family Tree Magazine. Social media is how I discovered the Sons and Daughters of the United Middle Passage lineage society and was able to become a member. I have made so many connections through social media. I have also been inspired by others that I follow.

So I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to share all the links to my social media with you.

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