Facebook, Now A Learning Tool

Facebook isn’t just fluff.  I am not particularly Facebook savvy, but I can absolutely appreciate that it does help people keep in touch.  It is also great as a way to keep current on happenings in genealogy.  This morning as I belatedly scrolled through a few days posts, I remembered I had seen something posted by the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania about old NYC maps.  Genealogy societies and Historical societies post some wonderfully helpful information on Facebook.

This particular post was about an article by CityLab.com that talked about a 19th Century “Stench Map” and how smells and their causes have impacted the development of parts of New York City.  Included in the article is an image of a “Map Showing Location of Odor Producing Industries in New York and Brooklyn.”

Prior to seeing the Facebook post, I had not thought about the issue, even though some of my research is focused on New York in the 1870’s and that I also have driven through particularly smelly areas.  The fact that it has been studied makes sense.  Thanks to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania calling CityLab’s article to my attention, I know about it now.

Facebook can be a great learning tool.  Who knew?

If you use Facebook, search for historical societies, genealogical societies, blogs, or any other angle that is of interest.  Posts on Facebook tend to give short little snippets of information which is perfect when there is so much to read and so little time.  I am going to do another search myself. 

I am now following Technology for Genealogy.


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