Aside from its humdrum uses for e-mail and Wikipedia, the internet is the most powerful resource available today for family search. You can network with family on Facebook, Twitter, and GooglePlus. You can search many sites and search for living family members. You can keep up with family members' lives by reading their blogs.
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As you're searching online resources, be wary of taking genealogical facts at face value. Unless you view an original record yourself-a census record from Ancestry.com, for instance, or a parish baptism record on Family Search pilot-you can't know for sure what the record says. For that reason, when you read genealogical "facts" such as birth dates and marriage dates, you should pay attention to where the information comes from. On Family Search, for instance, much of the information is user-submitted. The "facts" are only as good as the researcher who submitted them. Unless the submitter included his or her sources, you should use this information only for leads rather than accepting it as true.
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