Using Pinterest for Genealogy & Family Memories
Not long ago I started a Pinterest board about my dad and another about the Lone Jack Missouri cemetery. Although I’ve been using Pinterest a long time (genealogyteach) it’s only recently that I’ve really crafted a game plan for sharing my genealogy research on Pinterest.
Right now, my dad’s board is sparse as is the cemetery board, but I’ve been working on creating a “blueprint” for how to best share genealogy research, findings, and family information by pinning. For example, I just created a section for dad’s board on his World War II experience. Today there are only a few pins, but it’s in progress.
(If you haven’t created a section within a board, go to the board you want to work with and click the +Add Section button. See image below)
Part of my game plan is to create boards for as many ancestors as I have information on. I’ll be adding any documents or photos that I’ve found, as well. I’m of the “share what I have” school, so if other researchers find and re-pin the pins, that’s great by me. I want to make sure all of the work I’ve done over the decades isn’t lost – and Pinterest seems like it would make for a great home for it.
What Else Can You Pin for Genealogy?
Pinterest for family or heirloom recipes
You can see my board here. If you browse through, you’ll see my Aunt Helen’s lime pickle recipe (my favorite).
Pinterest for heirlooms
Yes, it takes some work, but I’m in the process of photographing some of mom’s teacups and jewelry. I gave my brother, Mark (the World War II expert) all of dad’s military records and medals, so I’ll have to photograph them the next time I go to Florida.
Pinterest for cemeteries and tombstones
As mentioned, I started a board for the Lone Jack Cemetery because I have so many ancestors buried there. But, I’ve also photographed lots of other cemeteries so more boards coming. (did you see my article on tombstone symbolism?)
Pinterest for family farms & villages & old houses
I’m just starting this board. I want photos of places my family lived. This photo is a screenshot from Google Earth of the house we lived when I was born. It wasn’t blue at that time! The little white house next door was built by my grandparents. Now if only I can find many, many more homesteads. I didn’t realize it until much later in life that my grandparents and a great-grandfather also lived in the house before my folks did.
Pinterest for Loved Ones
When my mom passed away I started a board titled Remembering Those We Love. To that board I add family photos as well as memory garden ideas and things that remind me of the people I’ve loved who are no longer among us.
Pinterest for genealogy scrapbook ages
If you’re into scrapbooking, you’ll love photographing your pages and adding them to your own family scrapbook board.
Pinterest for genealogy timelines
Now this fascinates me. The idea here is to pin images from different years throughout an ancestor’s lifetime. I’m working on the images right now for my Grandmother Hendrickson and all that happened during the course of her life.
How Do You Use Pinterest for Your Genealogy?
Please leave a comment and let me know how you’re using Pinterest to share your family stories or genealogy. I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks for sharing this post and for leaving a comment.