Networking is all the rage in the business world. It’s touted as the single best way to get the jobs you want and to move upward in your career – way better than sending out resumes. Whole seminars focus on teaching businesspeople how to better hook up with each other- through events, email, Facebook, etc.- for their benefit. However, few family history buffs know that networking can help them build the genealogy.
With this in mind, I put together these 4 networking tips that can work for family history buffs:
1. Start with the inner circle – The best place to start in any networking is in your immediate circle of family and friends. These are the people most eager to help you and they are the people you probably have the most contact with. Talk to them about your family history efforts regularly. You never know what they may have to share with you.
2. Branch out – If your friends or family mention they have a friend who may be able to help your family history search, get their contact information or ask to be introduced to them. For instance, if they know someone who does family history in a state or country in which you are trying to do research, ask for the introduction. You’ll be making a new friend and getting into places you normally wouldn’t.
3. Join clubs or associations – Why rely merely on your efforts when you can harness the knowledge of hundreds of likeminded people? Dozens of great genealogical societies are out there, as well as social genealogy groups on sites like LinkedIn or Facebook.
4. Maintain contact – Some of these new relationships may not bear fruit immediately, but over time can be very beneficial. Keep in contact with your newfound family history friends via the occasional email, chat, or Facebook comment.
The main thing is, don’t be shy. You can learn so much more (and have more friends, period) by just talking to people about your passion for genealogy.