16 May 2015

Jamboree 2015 - Meet the Speaker: Kristie Wells

Kristie Wells is Head of Global Social Media for Ancestry. She is responsible for developing and managing the company's social media and social business offerings worldwide. She works with a team of community managers, genealogists and social content developers to help educate Ancestry's existing customers, inspire new family historians and expand awareness into new social audiences and communities. She has a deep love of family history and is currently trying to break through the brick wall of her Christophier line (that we all know is really the 'Christopher' surname) and to one day prove where the heck William Wells of Southhold, NY (b. 1608) was really born.

FR017 Friday June 5, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Using Social Media To Help Build Your Family Tree

The internet, much like the world of genealogy, has come a long way in 20 years. While many of us still enjoy the smell of old books and digging through a stack of documents found in our grandmother’s attic, we can all benefit from embracing the social web and using these tools to move your genealogy research forward.

What started with message boards, chat rooms and wikis has been expanded to include blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube, to name some of the platforms where you can make connections. The key is finding the right platform and understanding a few tricks of the trade to find those cousins, photos and stories.

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