Breakout Session

Collaborative Research with Facebook

Track: Collaboration and Social Media

Breakout Session II
Thurs. 10:35 – 11:35

I will demonstrate how I used Facebook albums in my genealogy research to:

  • Preserve and organize a vast amount of genealogy materials
  • Annotate each photo, video, or document with historical details
  • Generate collaborative discussions with relatives and researchers worldwide
  • Maintain privacy by restricting access to each album by “Friend” List
  • Share discoveries, photos of ancestors, documents, International Tracing Service (ITS) records, news articles, & video testimonials.

I will show Facebook as a tool for managing and analyzing a vast amount of data and prompting discussions among researchers pursuing a common goal.


Beverly Margolies
Instructional Designer
Bergen Community College

Bio / Expertise
As an Instructional Designer working for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at Bergen Community College, I am always thinking of ways technology can facilitate and improve our lives. As an avid genealogist, I was looking for a way to fill-in the gaps in my family tree. As a descendent of Holocaust survivors, often a photo was the only genealogical material I could find. Since 2008, Facebook has helped me to preserve, share, and research old family photos and document, allowing me to connect with researchers worldwide.