Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to Share My Blog Another Way ~

I have been wracking my brain to find other ways of sharing my blog. I am not a Twitter person but I do share on Pintrest and Facebook. I also save my blog posts to my computer, external hard drive and cloud as well as Dropbox. I want to share what I have come up with because I think it is easy and a great way to preserve the posts we write for future generations.

The fantastic idea I came up with is a simple 4 step process so that I can attach each of the post(s) I have written to the appropriate family or family members I have discussed in my blog. I have only done this with Ancestry and Family Tree Maker 2014. I have no idea if it will work in other programs such as Legacy Family Tree and Roots Magic.

Here are the steps I took:

  •  I pulled up my profile Samuel Edgar Nelson Plowden (1777-1841) in my Ancestry Tree and clicked on Gallery and then "I want to upload a story."
  • I went back to my post, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Samuel Edgar and Agness DuPree Plowden" and proceeded to copy the entire post (including the pictures) and pasted it into the word processer program I use with Google Drive.
  • Then I renamed the document and saved it to my computer. I checked to be sure the pictures were in the document.
  • I then uploaded the new pdf file I created with Google Drive to I filled in the description box with the title of my post, the name & location of the cemetery and the appropriate link. I used the date of the post for the date entry.
For many of my fellow Geneabloggers, this may not work for you because you all have been blogging much longer than I, however I do hope that you give it try! If you are new to blogging or have been blogging for a year or so like me I this is doable. I have already started scheduling the time to add these posts to my original tree in Ancestry. I am shooting for 6 to 8 stories per day. Now if something were to happen to my blog, or one of my other backup methods, I will be able to find the post in yet another place, Ancestry and Family Tree Maker.


  1. Such a great idea and would work well with the memories section of Family Tree on FamilySearch! I'm adding this to my to - do list!

    1. Thank you, Amie! I didn't know it would work on Family Search, thanks for letting me no I did a series on some of my Mormon Ancestors that I will add as soon as possible.

  2. Dawn,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds posts at

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I add a link to my blog posts on by clicking the web links section of a person's page and adding the link and blog title. I decided not to add them as stories because I wanted people to actually come to the blog and explore whatever else I may have written about our shared ancestors. I am also writing a book on one of my Scottish lines. As I write about a person I add them to a much more streamlined tree on FamilySearch. I add the blog link to the page as well. I also add a link in the electronic book to the FamilySearch tree. I wanted a place that was free and known to an international audience.

    1. Schalene,

      I have always used Ancestry's web links but with the new version I can't find them except for on the home page. You are doing exactly what I have been doing until this latest upgrade.

      The set of links on the home page doesn't really meet my purpose since I can't put the link exactly where I want it to go. I really don't know what to do now but I have a few ideas that I am going to work through and if they work then I will update my post.

      I am currently making a list of which surnames I have written and will be adding them to FamilySearch as I work to build my tree there

      With kinda regards,