Friday, September 24, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 38 - Second Life

Challenge 38 of 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy written by Amy Coffin is:

Week 38: Investigate Second Life: a 3D virtual world community. Check out the presentation What is Second Life? This learning tool has all the appearances of a video game, but there actually are vibrant genealogy social communities and discussions within the network. Genealogy Wise maintains a group of Second Life genealogists and a calendar of upcoming discussions. You do not have to join Second Life for this challenge. The goal is just to give genealogists exposure to this type of genealogy learning tool. If you have a blog, you may jot down your impressions of Second Life if you wish.

So I have been spending time in Second Life for a year and a half now. I love the genealogy community there and how people from all over the world come together to discuss genealogy. I've learned a lot in the various presentations that have been made. I've helped others work at solving their brick walls. I have found a cousin. Check out the Union of Genealogy Groups calendar to find out all the genealogy events that are happening in Second Life.

Also new in the Second Life genealogy community is the new Second Life Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. I was one of the members that helped to get this chapter off the ground. I am currently serving as the chapter's secretary. We meet the second Thursday of each month at 5:30 SLT (Second Life Time) or 8:30 ET.

Try out Second Life for yourself. It does have a learning curve and requires a good (but not the newest, most expensive) computer, but once you spend some time there you will see what a wonderful community has been formed. Be sure to friend my avatar, Tina Ubble, and let me know you need any help learning about Second Life.


  1. Just the thing I need . . . another time sink! If I ever do check it out, it will be after I "retire." If I ever do . . .

    Seriously, I would like to take a look at it, but dare not while I'm still in school, and especially with my independent research project coming down to deadline.

    Must resist!

  2. I can usually figure out anything but I don't think I'm smart enough for SL. I tried it about a year ago and gave up. This week I tried again. This time I actually found the "genealogy place" although I have no idea now how I got there. Their help doesn't seem to be much help to me. Maybe I'll try one more time and see if I can friend your avatar.