Beyond Home Movies: YouTube Genealogy
Families have recorded their stories through the word of mouth, print, film and audio for generations. Today genealogists use digital technology to integrate the pieces and bring family histories to life through video. More than a mere collection of sounds, images, dates, facts and narrative content, these videos showcase sources and tell the family history through new genealogical frameworks. Genealogists can share their family history with a global audience and preserve their research product in a cloud environment with the social media platform, YouTube. Using examples from genealogy videos, Patricia Van Skaik unlocks the world of YouTube genealogy.
Patricia Moseley Van Skaik,MA, MLIS
Patricia Van Skaik manages the Genealogy and Local History Department at the Cincinnati Public Library. At the heart of her work is dedication to information access through technology. Patricia coordinated the first efforts to digitize U.S. census records and is best known for her high tech exploration of the oldest photograph of urban America. She writes a social media column, the DigiGenie, tweets under the same name, and lectures widely on the intersection of genealogy and technology. Her current projects include content creation for: television news Facebook timeline and the Abolitionist Map of America App for PBS’s American Experience.