52 Weeks to a Better Genealogy — Week 34: Flickr

Here is the challenge this week:

Week 34: Browse Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/). 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 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/texashistoricalmarkers/sets/). Experiment wi…th 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.

I’ve been a Flickr user for quite a while and often will post scans of my family photos on there. You can tag photos with your surnames, place names and other information so that others who share these details with you can find you easily. You also can tag people in your photos and add them to a map. A cousin found me after finding one of my photos.

Other times, I’ll upload the images I’ve used in my blog posts and link back to my blog from Flickr. Using tagging as mentioned above, it’s another way to drive traffic to my blog and to find others with common interests.