Why and How To Start a Genealogy Blog


Keeping a Record

Having a personal blog to record your genealogy research is a great way to keep track of your work. You can write about family experiences that you are currently having, memories you don’t want to forget, or stories that you have come across in your research.

Recording your work may also help you avoid mistakes and spot any misspellings. Try typing a family story once a week, whether it be a current or past story. After some time, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve recorded. It doesn’t have to be anything too fancy, just recording your experiences and memories. Even dedicating fifteen minutes to it once a week will pay off in the long run. Having your own genealogy blog is really a form of digitizing your research online.

Sharing with Others

Having a blog is an easy way to share with others. You can share your blog with family members to share your research, get them excited about genealogy work, or even preserve it for years to come. Your children, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren can appreciate it for generations to come as you record your memories and share experiences. It’s likely that most of your family members are online regularly.

Having this record so accessible on a blog will provide family members with easy access to your research and help them to get involved as well. It can also be a good tool for other family members who are also researching your genealogy. You may want to have multiple family members contributing to this blog. This will get you more content from more perspectives.

With such personable content, you can create a blog that is unique to your family. Having this record will be valuable not only to you but to family members and friends who want to keep up with your research.

How to Get Started

If you’re ready to get started, you may want to get some inspiration. There are many genealogy and family history blogs out there to gather ideas from. Get an idea of what you want your blog to look like, maybe set a few goals.

Once you’re ready to get going on the logistical side of things, you can set up a free blog on many different platforms. Whether you want to go with blogger.com, wix.com, or another website. You can invest in a nicer site, or you can go with a free platform. Setting it up only takes a few minutes.

Starting out your blog with a little introduction to you and your family will help any potential followers or readers familiarize themselves with you. Having a few posts out front can also help you to establish a voice and tone for your blog. It’s important to include photos too.

Of course, writing your experiences is important, but including photos is equally important. It will help to break up text, keep readers engaged, and it will help you preserve family photos which are extremely important to genealogy work.