Thursday, August 26, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 34 - Flickr

Amy Coffin's challenge for week 34 of 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy is:

Browse Flickr. This is a photo-sharing web site allowing users to upload their photos, tag them with specific keywords and share them with the public if desired. Images pertaining to your genealogy research interests may be on this site. For example, one user has photographed and compiled a set of Texas Historical Markers. Experiment with Flickr for this week’s challenge. Use different search terms related to locations, surnames and cemeteries. Notice how people label their photos. If you have a genealogy blog, describe what you find, or how this tool can benefit genealogy researchers.

Here is what I think is the best thing about Flickr for genealogists: You can find photos of your ancestor's homeland without having to travel. I searched for Terrington St. Clement in Norfolk, England and found some beautiful photos. I searched for Switzerland County, Indiana and found they had a Flickr stream from the tourist agency. And of course I had to search for photos of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky.

1 comment:

  1. Great suggestion! I do this all the time. It fills my armchair travelling needs.