Trying to do anything other than look at the news stream on Facebook reminds me of walking into the jungle in Central America. The amount of “information” is overwhelming and there are real dangers lurking in the shadows but every once and while, I manage to see something of interest. Can that jungle experience really be used to do significant genealogical research? Well, that depends on how you define doing research.
If you are searching for contemporary records about your ancestors, i.e. doing historical genealogical research, searching on Facebook seems pretty silly. For example, here is screenshot of a search for one of my ancestors.
The results here give me one other person who has mentioned my supposed ancestor back in 2009. As a side note, I presently have links to over 100,000 SmartMatches on MyHeritage.com of potential relatives. This post expands into a transcription of book called the “New England Families” book.
If I were just starting out, this might be interesting, but if you read it carefully, you will see that this is just a repetition of speculation on the identity of this particular individual. Interestingly, the source is listed at the bottom of the entry as follows:
source: NORTH KINGSTON, RI (BOOK) 1395631 (8327302) (MICROFILM) 1395773 (8412107).
Cutter, William Richard. 1913. New England families, genealogical and memorial: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of commonwealths and the founding of a nation. New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co.
My general use of Facebook is for information about my friends and family and for communicating with others on the program. Facebook is a good advertising medium and used by most of the genealogy companies. For example, there is a #RootsTech 2018 Facebook page for the upcoming conference.