Crowdsourcing to solve mysteries

Having spoken recently at a couple of workshops on using Social Media as a means to extend your family history research opportunities, I am always on the lookout for ways in which people use that media.

Many people, particularly the more senior amongst us, have shied away from the likes of Facebook and Twitter, seeing both as something that is a waste of time, or just for the young ones or even dangerous.  There is no disputing the powerful nature of Social Media to effect change.

It can be used for good things like this “share” picture that has popped up in my feed over the past few days:



Posted originally by Dave Golden (Penn, USA) he asks for this picture to be shared in the hope that the person to whom this dog tag belonged, can be found.  The ‘share’ notes that it was found by an Australian teacher in Vietnam 2 years ago. 57,039 people so far have spread the word about this picture in the hope of finding T. F. Martinson.

This is not the first time I have encountered historians, genealogists and even just caring people who have found something that they felt should be reunited with its owner.  Just last week it was a specialist road bike; a couple of weeks previous it was someone’s camera with precious family photos.

Many Social Media platforms can be put to good use when it comes to solving genealogical “brick walls”, reuniting families with lost historic mementos, even reuniting families.  Someone out there will know and someone will care.

Link to Dave’s Facebook Page – here


Author: Robbie

There's a whole new direction to the creative pursuits undertaken by Robbie - writing, photography, genealogy, gardening and, just because she can, a return to study at university. Still dabbling in textiles, volunteering, tutoring and solving the design dilemmas of her students.

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