Using Genealogy 101

Genealogy 101 is a WordPress blog set up as a sort of mini social network. Each article posted here has its own commenting area where visitors can ask questions, share experiences and offer their own tips.

Blogs are unique in that their content – called posts – are displayed in reverse chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the screen. Just below the site’s masthead is the menu offering links to standard pages within the site. At the right side of the menu is a magnifying glass icon. Click on it to display the search box. Use this to quickly display content related to a specific topic. The front page shows the most recent posted content and will display more if you click the “Older Posts” button at the bottom of the list. In the sidebar at the right side of the screen you will find several “widgets”. Here you can subscribe to have new site content delivered to your email inbox or the newsreader of your choice. This will make it easy to keep up with he latest deals on subscriptions or software and get notified when new content is added to your favorite archive.

All the site content is organized using topics and tags (keywords) to describe each post’s topic. Topics are listed in the sidebar and serve as the site’s table of contents. Click on any topic and the site will present you with all the posts assigned to that topic. Tags are listed under each post and a tag cloud appears in the sidebar. The tag cloud is the blog equivalent of an index. Click on a tag to display all posts assigned that keyword.

The search box at the top of the sidebar can be used to search any of the content on the site. Enter your search criteria and press the Return key to start the search.

Take advantage of the site’s commenting system to connect with other researchers. You’ll find a comment box at the bottom of each page and post. Use it to ask a question, share a tip or respond to someone who has commented before you. These connections can be as useful as any of the information posted here.