5 Top Tips for using a Genealogy Forum

Now we always say to any of those in need, you can always ask on our forum. However, it can be challenging to have your voice heard on these large forums. So any issues or problems that you may have are never resolved through our forum. This is why we decided to write a useful blog on how to utilise a genealogy forum to its full potential.

Top Tips for A Genealogy Forum

Step 1: Introduce yourself to the community!

So you’ve signed up to our genealogy forum… now what? Well, a good way to get into the community is just to introduce yourself to those who may end up helping you in the future. Building connections is very important as there may be some wise people on the internet who know what they’re talking about. Also, you may have signed up looking for an instant response to a dead end that you have been stuck on for multiple weeks. But it doesn’t work like that as the forum decorum states that more active users on the forum will gather the better responses.

Tip #1 – Introduce yourself and your project on the ‘Introduce Yourself’ page.

Step 2: Build a following

So you’ve signed up to our genealogy forum… now what? Well, a good way to get into the community is just to introduce yourself to those who may end up helping you in the future. Building connections is very important as there may be some wise people on the internet who know what they’re talking about. Also, you may have signed up looking for an instant response to a dead end that you have been stuck on for multiple weeks. But it doesn’t work like that as the forum decorum states that more active users on the forum will gather the better responses.

Tip #2 – Be polite and interact with people that take the time to interact with you. They’re just trying to be friendly!

Step 3: Share your questions and get better responses!

Sometimes, it does happen. No one has an answer to your question on the forum. But it is not a time to start panicking. With the development of social media and technology, you are able to branch out past the forum and into your own actual friends list. If there is a tricky question and you’re not too sure of the answer, post a status or message someone! You’d be surprised how much your friends actually know. You never know, they may be on a similar path to you and may need some help further down the line as well.

Tip #3 – The more reach your question has, the more likely you’re going to get a response

Step 4: The more you contribute, the more you will receive

As we mentioned earlier, the world isn’t going to cater for your every whimper. You need to interact with people in order to actually gain some answers back from it all. If you only post questions, without attempting to help any other genealogists in need, then why should anyone else help you? So the more that you give back to the community, the more the community shall reward you with the answers you are looking for.

Tip #4 – Reach out and try and help. Yes, your research is important, but the more you know, the more you can apply to your own genealogy research.

Step 5: AVATARS!

A profile picture. It’s a simple thing which you may not deem as essential to your profile and you’re correct, you don’t NEED a profile picture for your profile to function. However, a lot of people on the forum feel a lot more comfortable talking to ‘someone’. What we mean by this is, an avatar gives a sense that you are a real person. People don’t want to help a faceless personality on the internet. Give yourself a face and you’d be surprised how many people interact with you.

Tip #5 – Give yourself a face and add your photo!

Put these Top Tips into practice

Now you know the top tips on how to use a forum, why not put it into practice and sign up for a free profile at https://www.british-genealogy.com/. Let’s see you turn our tips into valuable answers you’re looking for.